How and Why the Beach Makes You Feel So Good…
Read on for 3 ways on how to Recreate that Blissful Beach Mindset into a Relaxing Mindset anywhere you are – even if it’s at a local park, your backyard, home office or favorite chair. I call these the 3 R’s for savoring the moment and living your best beach life anytime, anywhere.
We love the beach, some 180 million Americans are estimated to annually make 2 billion visits to ocean, gulf and inland beaches. Vitamin D from the sunshine, in moderation, carries great health benefits. Not to mention the healthful minerals found in salt water seas like chloride, sulphate, sodium, magnesium and calcium to benefit our skin and overall well-being. The breezes and ocean sounds in and of themselves are soothing, and when we are calm and relaxed, our bodies feel good. Pair these health benefits with enjoying them with the people we love and we have the perfect combination for rest, relaxation, and refreshment.
However what if we can’t access the beach? If we cannot get to the beach, we can apply the same Beach Mindset to an extra-long lunch break in a nearby park, or even in our favorite chair at home. The beauty is that you can apply the following “3 Rs” to just about any break to invite in that feel-good vacation vibe, anytime, anywhere. Remove Distractions. Put your phone, iPad and any other screens away in a drawer for a specific time frame, out of your reach, so you don’t glance at it. Connect with yourself, and the elements – not your phone. Mayo Clinic suggests there are great health benefits associated with shutting off screen time like improved physical health, decreased obesity, improved mood, and enhanced relationships. They also report that “simply putting the phone down and taking a walk outdoors increases your endorphins and provides that feeling of happiness in your brain, boosting your mood and improving your physical health.”** While it may feel funny at first, keep the screen out of site and
out of mind while enjoying the beach or your ‘Beach Mindset Break’, it is key to really relaxing. Sit still and quiet, and breathe. Take 3 deep breaths in and out. If you have a meditation practice, consider meditating on the beach or while facing the sunlight.
Rest & Clear Your Mind. Lie all the way down, stretch out, close your eyes. And do
some breathing techniques. If you are stressed, try breathing in and out without
stopping, not fast, just at your normal pace but no breaks, then exhale and then hold for
as long as you can. You might feel a little lightheaded, this is ok, it is oxygenating your
brain. Repeat if necessary. This is an incredible grounding and mind clearing exercise.
Then….Nap. Allow yourself to drift off into a light sleep or blissful state of
daydreaming. According to the Sleep Foundation, “…a short nap of 20-30 minutes
can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. Napping can have
psychological benefits. A nap is a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an
easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.” Give yourself permission to
doze…to nap…to really rest.
Refresh Your Body . The beach, or any warm vacation for that matter, can always be
made complete with a cool, healthy treat. Before you head out enjoy or pack one of
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James R. Houston, Ph.D., director of Research and Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — (601)