This week started a little differently for me, Antony and our puppy, Hope. We discovered a beach close by that was so easily accessible, we would be able to visit even in the most minuscule amounts of free time we had. We made a pact that we would take our morning walk on that beach and watch the sunrise together whenever possible.
Getting out of bed in the dark can be difficult, especially at this time of year when it is so cold! We quickly dressed and put the puppy in the car, and after less than 10 minutes on the road, we were there! As soon as we stepped onto the beachfront, all negative thoughts and feelings were mystically blown away. There is something meditative about the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the salty air blowing through your hair and the sun coming up behind the sea. The beach was practically deserted every time, the feeling of privacy in such an open space adding to the magic. We left exhilarated, inspired and full of energy, ready to tackle the day. What is it about the seaside that has this effect on your mental health?
"It's in the Air"
Anytime I go to the beach, I feel like all of my problems are so far away I can barely recall them. I feel more alive, positive, happy and optimistic. Why is that? It turns out - it's all "in the air".
There are negative ions in sea air that increase your serotonin levels and your ability to absorb oxygen. Negative ions sound like a bad thing, but I promise they are incredible! They increase the flow of oxygen in the brain, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy. Serotonin is the hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness! Who can say no to that?
It isn't feasible for everybody to visit the beach every day but, even the most casual visitor can reap the benefits with a holiday or a day trip! We are lucky in the UK never to be more than a couple of hours away from the coast. I urge you to make the most of it!
About this painting -
This is a digital painting created on an iPad Pro using Procreate.