If you’re ever feeling stressed or overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to take a break to recharge. For me, the best place to take a break and get fully recharged is at the beach. Inhaling the fresh air, listening to the sound of crashing waves, or just sitting and staring into the vast ocean, soothes my mind and relieves built up tension.

Scientists have declared that hitting the beach and soaking up some sun is beneficial to our emotional well-being. Ever wonder why we get that ‘zen’ feeling when we’re at the beach? Here are a few reasons why:

The blue colour of the ocean is associated with feelings of calm and peace.

The sound of waves coming in, crashing and then receding again helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which slows us down and promotes relaxation.

Staring at the ocean puts us in a meditative state and actually changes the frequency of our brain waves, somewhat de-stimulating it.

Breathing in the fresh sea air also results in a better night’s sleep.

The physical sensation of sand between our toes creates a soothing effect and is good for our well-being.

So, if you feel stressed and can use a break, grab your sunscreen, throw on some flip-flops and head to your nearest beach!

How do you recharge? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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9 Replies to “An Easy Stress Reliever”

  1. For me, just being outside. Listening to creatures, noticing the landscape, leaves. Walking .I used to live close enough to the beach . . . Not now, but as I read, I “felt” it .Thank you!

  2. Wow.. I need to get me to a beach soon before I crash.
    Usually I recharge by closing my eyes, laying back on my chair and listening to some cool music (and this often results in a nap.. ha ha.) but lately, I haven’t had time for that yet.
    A trip to the beach could be just what I need

  3. Candace, I absolutely love every word of this. I’m not at all surprised that a love for the beach is something we have in common. Before I started reading this post, I just read the title, and my immediate reaction was, “An easy stress reliever for me is a day at the beach.” I can absolutely relate to this. I grew up 1,500 miles away from the nearest ocean, yet I’ve always loved anything and everything beach/ocean-related. Living in Florida now, I’m only an hour away from the beach. I don’t get to go as often as I would like, but every time I’m there, I can literally feel the stress just melt away from my body. It’s an incredible feeling. I can get lost for hours just staring into the ocean, listening to the sound of the waves, and letting my mind wander without a care in the world. To try to keep that feeling fresh in my mind, I love listening to music that reminds me of the beach. I listen to Jimmy Buffett and The Beach Boys most days while driving to and from work. That music keeps me relaxed, and that laid-back lifestyle and state of mind is a big part of who I am and how I live my life. The only other place that relaxes me in a similar way to the relaxation I feel at the beach is Disney World. That seems crazy, but it’s true. When I visit Magic Kingdom, I can be surrounded by 40,000 people, yet I just stare at Cinderella Castle and let my mind wander. I am able to completely shut out everything and everyone around me. I feel like I am the only person in the entire park. Disney World vacations are stressful for most people, but I live close enough that I get to visit the Disney parks nearly every day. I’ve learned to just relax and enjoy the experience. I don’t worry about trying to do and see a lot of things. I just live in the moment. It’s pretty awesome. 😀

    Your pics in this post are amazing!! Which beach is this? I really need to do more traveling. I have visited some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and Hawaii, but I want to see more around the world.

  4. Heyyy not fair! You know I don’t have a beach nearby 😦 I’ve said this before and I say it again after reading this post… I envy you girl! Beaches for me are a plain ticket’s distance, but I am definitely a beach person. It just makes everything better. The vastness of the sea also humbles me down seeing how tiny my issues and I are compared to so many other miracles in the Universe. The sea has a very calming effect on me, and I thoroughly enjoy the few visits to the beach I get now and then. due to my lack of options, I usually opt for a long drive or bike ride across the city. Lovely pictures by the way 🙂

  5. What a wonderful post babe, sorry for not commenting sooner but I was too busy having a ball with you, lol.
    The beach is such a sacred place for you , little did I know that it actually is proven to make us calmer and de-stressed. Very informative post babe, I loved it.

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