See or listen the sound of water
If you spend time relaxing on a beach, fishing, on a boat, or doing anything else near water, you are no doubt feeling the powerful calming effects of water.
It is not a coincidence. Looking at the water has very real benefits for health and tranquility.
When something as simple as looking at water has such a powerful effect, it raises more questions than it answers.
- Why does the calming effect of water relax us?
- How does something as simple as looking at water help us feel more relaxed?
- Is it something we can use to reduce stress?
- Although the exact reason for the "how" is a bit of a mystery, we know a lot about the "why".
- Science explains why we feel more relaxed looking at water on a biological level. Seeing or hearing the soothing sounds of moving water triggers a response in our brain that induces a rush of neurochemicals. These chemicals increase blood flow to the brain and heart, which induces relaxation.
The "blue mind" effect
Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols wrote a book on the subject of water and its healing powers. It's called 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.
It may be one of the longest book titles you've ever seen, but it does a good job of describing some of the proven benefits of being around water. In addition, it is one of the few books on the subject. The author makes some interesting points based on his experience as a marine biologist, as well as other scientifically supported research he has conducted.
In the book, Wallace explains that looking at or being near water can provide a wide range of health benefits. These benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, increasing happiness, lowering our heart rate, and other things that extend beyond simply feeling calmer.
He calls this the "blue mind" effect, and says it's a response we have to seeing water. His book explores many reasons why water has this effect on us. Here are two of the key ideas:
There is a deep psychological bond with our ancestors
Many of our behaviors and reactions come from our DNA. This includes the way our brains react to seeing water. Wallace says this goes back to how our ancestors behaved thousands of years ago.
Our ancestors were frequently on the move and needed to find water as a matter of life and death. For generations, they focused on finding new sources of water. When they did, a calming response was triggered in their brains, something we carry with us to this day.
For all this I have proposed to create a space where the sound of intense rain, a waterfall, or the waves of a beach can help with issues such as insomnia and sleep.
Rain sounds can help us to relieve anxiety and reduce stress, give us relax for study, and help to block out noise and meditate.
Activa el sounido para una mejor experiencia. ⇑⇑⇑