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Why being near water makes us feel so good

That feeling you get when you step onto the beach and breathe in the sea air, or sit by a burbling stream and take in the almost sacred hush, you're not imagining it, it really does make you feel better. There are a lot of scientific studies that prove being near a body of water improves your health in a multitude of ways, but how can you get these benefits if you're landlocked? We explore ways in which water makes us feel good and share tips for bringing that soothing energy into your home.

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How water makes us feel better

The theory is that due to our ancestors' nomadic histories, finding water was always a hugely important part of life, so when they came across some much-needed H2O, the body and senses reacted positively. While we may be fortunate enough to have on-demand access to water now, this sense of relief and inner peace is still obviously present when we see or are immersed in water. The colour blue has the ability to ease the mind and allow us to destress, and seawater is packed with negative ions that have a calming effect on us, making the ocean a double whammy for soothing vibes. 

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It's not just the fresh, salty air and abundance of minerals that give us a mood boost, but the motion of the ocean (or bubbling stream) that works to soothe us. The predictable and consistent sounds and sights of crashing waves and slow-flowing rivers actually changes the frequency of our brain waves to take us into a mild meditative state. They also "activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged". All this is to say, just seeing water can lift those spirits and help you relax.

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How to enjoy the benefits of being by water

  • Hang a piece of nautical & beach art somewhere you'll be likely to see it often or where relaxation matters most, like in the bedroom. If you need all the mood-boosting you can get, why not create a gallery wall
  • Up the ante with ocean-inspired, blue or tropical wallpaper so you can't miss the good vibes.
  • Create an under-the-sea look in your home with seashell statues & ornaments so you can feel as though you're drifting away on the rolling waves always.

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Need more inspiration? Hamptons styling is all about that coastal feeling, so find out how to get the look inside, outside and in an apartment.
Bridgette Sulicich 03 March, 2022

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