Research Explains Why Victorian Doctors Prescribed ‘Sea Air’ – Seeing Water Heals
Are you one of many people who are drawn to water? Since the existence of humanity, people’s lives have been driven by finding water. This goes beyond locating drinking water for survival. Cities and people flocked to seas and oceans. Even today, buying a house next to a beach is valued the most. The newest research finally explains that water heals and just seeing it is enough to receive the benefits. The more time you spend near water, the more you can heal.
The Healing Theory of “Blue Spaces”
In science, there is a theory that categorized large waters as “blue spaces” and forests and parks as “green spaces.” The names are self-explanatory. When you look straight at the ocean, all you see is blue. When you look into a forest, all you see is green (unless it’s winter).
Both, blue and green spaces are known to have therapeutic properties. Yet, in the newest research water wins by a large margin. Seeing water heals more than seeing forests does.
“Increased views of blue space is significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress. However, we did not find that with green space.” said Michigan State University health geographer Amber L. Pearson.
Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols wrote a book called Blue Mind to explain numerous psychological and physical benefits seeing water offers.
Benefits of Looking At Water
Did you know that doctors in the Victorian Era used to prescribe “sea air” to treat many conditions? They were not wrong—water heals!
If you need more reasons to go to the beach, out boating, or picnicking by a lake this summer and fall, here are many incredible health benefits water can offer.
When you look at water, you:
- Feel good
- Escape over-stimulation of the modern world
- Feel happier
- Restore your health
- Feel calmer
- Boost your creativity
- Get a new perspective about any situation
- Reconnect with your true self
- Feel more alive
Being in water adds even more benefits:
- Grow muscles you never use
- Give your brain a break
- Do insightful thinking
- Get your creativity flowing
- Have more productive conversations
Calming Effects of Water – It Is The Best White Noise
Chances are, many of your biggest stressors come from simple day-to-day-life. It could be your co-workers arguing, family members being too noisy for a relaxing afternoon, and the constant overload of information from radio, tv, and other forms of advertisements.
To get away from all of the noise, getting closer to the water is the best remedy because the sound of moving water is a great white noise creator.
When you hear waves, a river flowing, or a waterfall, their sound blocks out the rest of the world. It makes it easy to relax, quiet your mind, and meditate.
It is not surprising that many artificial sleep machines, which help by providing sound, use sounds of water to assist in putting you to sleep.
How Water Heals The Soul
“Water pulls on me the way the moon pulls on it. It’s just in my blood and bones. It makes me feel alive in a deep, calm way.” wrote Nashville author Lara Rosenbaum.
Her statement is shared by many for whom seeing water heals the soul. It can make a person feel more alive, connected with nature, and at peace—no matter if the waves are turbulent or not. That is the secret of water.
On the opposite side, people who never see water and are completely inland often feel trapped and unhappy. It makes it easier to get sucked into small problems and place your attention on things that may not need to matter much as they seem to.
Getting out of that state, mentally and physically, get to your nearest lake, river, or ocean to experience for yourself how water heals you.
Nichols explains that you will experience a “blue mind, and instant switch in your mood and happiness level. You will feel at peace; anger, guilt, and any other negative emotions will float away; and you will be left with the thing that matters most—your true self, a calm and clear, creative mind, and the power of nature.”