Why You Need to Go to the Beach?

What is the first thing through your brain when you hear “beach”? Freedom? Happiness? Memory? Is there anything better? Everyone have their own definition and destination to show up their feeling. Doing the same thing every single day doesn’t make you feels happier, but sometimes it makes you feels bad and stressed out. Some people may go to mountain, night market, shopping mall, or eat more food. Those are might be the way to decrease inconvenience feelings. But why you need to go to the beach?

What can beach served for you? There, make sure that the day is bright, you can see the clear blue sky, fresh ocean water, smells the salty water, fells of warm sand beneath your toes, and listen to crashing waves, closed by perfect sunset.

A study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Journal even found that blue is associated with a boost of creativity. Studies have shown that different colors often produce different psychological, emotional, and physical effects. The blue color, for instance, is often used in marketing material to convey a sense of calmness. But for me, blue means freedom and calmness.

According to Medical Daily, sea water contains minerals including magnesium, potassium, and iodine that could help the body fight infection. Those chemical compounds also created a misty salty odor. The negative ions (oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced via water molecules) in the ocean air can actually help to calm your brain. Negative ions have been shown to have a pronounced anti-depressant effect as well. As early as 1932, American research engineer Dr. Clarence Hansell noticed that positive ion works in happiness meanwhile negative ion works in sadness feeling. Scientist from School of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Kangwon National University, Korea observed that the sense of smell plays an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, and working capacity.

Grounding, barefoot on the sand, has been proven to have a number of stimulating benefits to our bodies and minds. The reason is that our feet contain a rich network of nerves and acupuncture points. Our feet are able to absorb free ions on the earth surface in much the same way that our lungs are able to absorb ions in the air. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that the earth is negatively charged, so when you walk barefoot, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. Walking barefoot on the beach can trigger tingling warm sensations produced as a result of us “grounding” to earth.

Crashing waves, windy air, and try to close your eyes for a moment. Let your mind reach a meditative state, hear a sounds of waves crashing gently on the beach. This repetitive sounds that was created as a result of your rhythmic breaths and ears being submerged in salt water. Orfeu Buxton, an Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University said that the sound of waves can help you achieve a meditative state, which is proven to heal and strengthen your brain.

The beach is very wonderful place, peaceful, meaningful, and can brings a magic to your body. The sunset also will teach you how something is come and gone, but leave a memory inside. So, why don’t you spend this summer vacation going to the beach and sharing happiness with your friends? Try to releasing all the burden of life, switch off your cell phone, barefoot on the beach sand, and swim to the ocean, feels the great sensation and calmness. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen to keep your skin healthy.

Liya Paramita

Institute of Molecular Medicine

National Cheng Kung University