Why is being near water calming?
In 2022, the world is becoming more and more built up, so it is not surprising that as humans we are naturally drawn to natural ‘blue areas’. The air is generally cleaner on the coast or by natural water springs like lakes which makes it more comfortable for our respiratory systems too. The deeper connection between humans and water is that our bodies are made up of 70% water, this creates a deeper biological connection further emphasises a natural desire to be around water.
Studies have shown that there is a natural positive response in the brain that is triggered when we see or hear water. This trigger stimulates a surge of neurochemicals that increase blood flow, induce relaxation and promote wellness. As a result of this finding, it appears that those who live closer to a coastline tend to have more active lifestyles and consequently, have higher levels of endorphins – ‘the happy hormone’!