Since the 18th-century physicians have been prescribing a visit to the coast as a cure for all ailments and it may come as no surprise to you that people enjoy the many advantages of living by the sea. Waking up to the sound of waves crashing along the shore, taking long walks on the beach at sunset, frolicking in the waves on hot summer days—you get the idea. However, the advantages of living near the sea aren’t just limited to the activities you can do, it also has psychological and health benefits.
In an interview with Vice, Wallace J. Nichols, a scientist and the author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, says that when we’re near water, “Our brains switch into a different mode which can involve mind-wandering, creativity, and sleep, which are all known to be important to health, resilience, and productivity. Psychologists refer to water’s changing uniformity as putting us in a state of ‘soft fascination,’ which can be highly restorative.”
Benefits of Living Near Water
Researchers from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter looked at data from the UK census of more than 48 million people to assess how a person’s geographical location might affect their health.
They discovered that even when they discounted aspects like age and economic factors, people who live by or even just visit the sea are far healthier than those who live away from the coast—sorry city dwellers. This is due to a number of factors: the salty sea air is beneficial to your respiratory health; being out in the sun is great for getting your daily dose of Vitamin D; and swimming in the saltwater speeds up healing, boosts circulation, and promotes a good night’s sleep.
Studies also show that people relax more and are less stressed when they visit the sea. The serenity of the water and sea breeze helps you reduce anxiety, promotes creative thinking, and opens your mind. You can even feel these effects just by looking at a picture of it. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed consider moving near the water and when you’re home all of your worries will disappear.
Speaking of the sea breeze, the iodine, salt, and magnesium present in sea air can reduce the symptoms of asthma, promote respiratory health, improve allergies and skin problems, and stimulate the immune system.
With so many activities on and off the water, living near the sea also promotes an active lifestyle. The resistance and challenge that walking or running on the sandy beach presents to you is an excellent way to develop muscles, strength training, and stamina. On sunny summer days, you can get out on the water and paddleboard, do a number of water sports, or if you don’t want to get in the water you can play beach volleyball.
According to ScienceDirect, in a recent study, a team of researchers from New Zealand and the US also found that just living within sight of water was linked to lower levels of psychological stress; even after accounting for age, sex, personal income, neighbourhood population density, housing quality, crime and deprivation; which are often correlated with health outcomes. The study’s data was collected in Wellington, New Zealand which is an urban capital city surrounded by the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
In another recent study, German researchers concluded that “even in cities with few water features, urban blue induces intensive (restorative) experiences, creates meaning, attracts urban dwellers, promotes physical activity, and diversifies health experiences in urban contexts.” This means that even being near human-made water features, such as city-center fountains, park ponds, and canals is beneficial to your health.
Palmetto Builds New Homes By The Water
Blue space, aka living near the water, is a key part of urban development as it contributes to sustainability, landscape development, environmental quality, quality of life, and human health.
Palmetto Building Group has been building new homes in St. Simons Island and Brunswick Georgia, both of which are part of the Golden Isles. The Golden Isles are rich with history and culture making it an ideal place to live.
We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available.
If you’re thinking about living near the sea, contact the team at Palmetto Building Group.
With more than 50 years of combined new home builder experience, Palmetto Building Group is a talented, committed team dedicated to providing customers with high-quality new homes at affordable prices.