The mental benefits of being near water

40296403 - young woman relaxing in the waterYou’d love a vacation, but maybe you can’t afford to take one this year. Or your summery getaway was in June, and it just seems so far away! No worries, relaxation-seeker. There are plenty of ways to calm your mind – right in your own backyard.

Carved in our DNA

There may be an evolutionary reason being near water relaxes us. Ever since humans have been around, water has been essential to our survival. Obviously, we need it to drink. But we also use it to clean ourselves, our tools and our homes. Game animals also seek water, so living near ponds and streams increased our ancestors’ chances of a successful hunt – and survival.

Water waves and brain waves

Studies show that the sound of ocean waves have an effect on brain patterns, making people more relaxed. But a gently lapping pool can have the same effect so try taking out those earbuds the next time you’re poolside and listen to the sweet sounds of water!

Pure relaxation

One final benefit of water is that it helps regulate body temperature. Being able to make yourself cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter (if you have a heated pool) makes insta-relaxing super easy!