The Mental Health Benefits of Living Near Water

As busy people living in a fast-paced world we often count the days until our next holiday or mini-break away. When selecting our destinations most of us opt to go to a sunny beach or a tranquil lake to breathe some fresh air and unwind with a good book. Given this human instinct to head to water as a way to relax, for those looking for a holiday home, or an ideal investment, choosing a riverside or coastal location can offer health as well as wealth benefits. 

It will not come as a surprise that many studies show that living in a coastal region can improve our physical and mental health. Let’s explore these key benefits:

Relaxation for our overstimulated brains

Every day we are bombarded with sensory stimuli, whether this is from watching too much Netflix and spending too much time on our devices, or just the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We crave downtime. It has been found that being around water has a profound effect on giving our senses a rest. When we are around water we are allowing our brains to have a sensory break, this could be due to the movement of the waves or simply the fact that there is less information to take in around us.

For those looking for a restful second home, a beachfront or riverside location can make all the different to that ability to relax, unwind and provides a real way to “switch off”.

Breathing fresh air

For those of us not lucky enough to live by the sea our usual pick me ups would probably be a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. But it has been shown that we can also get an energy boost from water. It is thought that the reason for this is because the sea’s waves produce negative ions which increase oxygen flow allowing us to feel more alert and energised. It has also been shown that being by the sea can provided a better night sleep allowing us to maintain the new found energy levels. 

The colour blue

It is said that the colour blue instills calmness, tranquility and serenity all of which help reduce the feeling of anxiety and have a positive impact on mental health. The tone also reduces aggression and therefore blood pressure and heart rate too. Staring at the ocean changes our brain waves’ frequency and can put us into a mild meditative state.

Where to go next

Living by water can have a profound impact on our physical and mental health. Properties by water will always be an ideal place for any investment, but with increasing evidence of the mental health benefits, demand is likely to continue to grow. 

Discover some beautiful properties a stone’s throw away from the healing powers of water. Peniche in Portugal and Bodrum in Turkey.

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