Research shows that spending some time at the beach might help us mentally recharge and deal with the stresses of daily life.
It has been shown that getting out to the ocean on occasion might assist those who live in urban areas from developing health issues connected to stress.
Hipp and his colleagues surveyed more than a thousand California beachgoers and discovered that individuals who reported the highest levels of everyday stress found psychological rejuvenation at the beach.
Although previous research has shown that being in nature may have positive effects on our mental health, Hipp’s study focused especially on the effects of being near the ocean and sand.
“Blue spaces”, however, are not universal, as Ripp and his colleagues discovered. The degree to which coastal parks are restorative depends on the state of the surrounding ecosystem.
At high tide, there is less sand and more people, both of which may reduce your chances of finding psychological rejuvenation at the beach by as much as 30 percent.
Visitors to beaches were also less likely to feel refreshed if they thought the air or water quality was bad.
As a kind of “preventive mental health care,” the research authors advocated for civilizations to ensure their citizens have access to parks and natural spaces.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of The Sized delivered to your inbox daily.