The countdown to Australia is well and truly on.
Flights are booked, my visa is approved, accommodation is sorted – it’s all getting very real!
12th February at 8 pm, we’ll be sat on a plane ready for the biggest adventure of our lives – living in Melbourne, Australia for six months.
This means an array of things: discovering a new country and discovering more about ourselves; exploring a new city and getting to know new people; experiencing living away from all that we’re most familiar with and experiencing life 24 hours away from the place we call home.
But this also means being welcomed back to the ocean.
Many coastal trips shall be in store, and our accommodation is either a short tram ride or a 30-40 minute walk to the beach – bliss!
Let’s get to the beach.
I’m a lover of the seaside, like so many of us, but why; why do so many of us feel at home by the ocean?
It soothes all worries, eases pain, it brings peace and the inevitable joy.
But let’s not be mistaken, we’re all aware of the sheer power and terrific abilities that the sea is capable of.
The fierce nature of the sea is mesmerising, that combined with the rhythmic pattern of the waves kissing the shore is almost hypnotic.
There are countless articles written and studies conducted surrounding the positive benefits that the sea/sea air, have on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Researchers have a theory that being surrounded by the ocean and being immersed in the beach environment encourages our use of “soft attention”, which we rarely use in our daily lives. Being in the simple-natured surroundings, such as the beach
Have you ever spent time at the beach, and noticed you feel calmer and happier? Well, there may be a scientific reason for your enhanced mood. The magnesium in the sea is also great at reducing anxiety and calming you. Studies have found that beside the sea – as it’s moving water – there are plenty of negative ions in the air, which counteract positive ions. Negative ions, are in fact, very beneficial to the human body and have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing. Positive ions, on the contrast, are said to be harmful to the human body – so ridding of these, and increasing the number of negative ions within your body is only going to be beneficial.
Heres an extract from Huffington Post that I thought was pretty interesting: Why is this? The human body’s magnetic field is made up of both positive and negative ions. Over-exposure to positive ions – caused by electrical equipment such as computers and mobile phones – can affect our magnetic field and drain energy, making us feel tired and lethargic. However, water in motion produces abundant negative ions, bringing more energy and vitality. Read more here.
Packed with an array of vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, and potassium, the sea is a great healer of many skin conditions. Whilst spending time in the ocean, the healing process of infections or cuts on the body is increased, although due to a large amount of salt, open wounds or conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may become uncomfortable or sting – rest assured, the sea is still working its wonders.
Honestly, if you give ‘why is the sea air/sea good for me’, there will be plenty of search results at your fingertips.
It’s pretty incredible really. As is nature!
And if nothing else, beach hair is undoubtedly the best hair.