Visit the Beach
Try to think back about the last time you were at the beach and felt stressed. Do you remember that time? Do you remember A time in general? The answer is more than likely, “No”. Sure you were probably on a vacation of sorts, but more than that, the ocean has the properties needed to reduce stress. Vacations do help us feel recharged and reinvigorated, but according to several studies, the shore is good for our minds.
In recent years a couple of US West Coast Universities found that trips to the coast reduce stress, boost creativity, reduce tension, depression and anxiety. Those with greater amounts of stress found that beach time was more therapeutic than average. The mild temperatures, low tides and sparse crowds all contribute to the lower stress. Sure, the studies focused on the West Coast, but there is nothing to suggest that what was learned, cannot be applied anywhere there is a beach! And with our beloved OBX fitting the bill in all of these characteristics, I feel like we’re in a better spot than the more populated areas. You may feel a reduction of stress visiting Myrtle Beach or Virginia Beach, but truth is, the OBX does not feel as commercial and as populated as the others. Time away is truly time away.
What about if you cannot get away to the beach? Well, other research suggests that just looking at beach and shore pictures allow for a reduction of stress. A more recent study showed that using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets at the dentist, allowed patients to have less anxious and less painful dental visits. Depending on the technology, a beach trip may actually be cheaper than the cost of a headset, computer, etc! 🙂
Although we’re in full swing with the Spring season, winter is holding onto whatever it can. That being said, the sun is shining and the crowds have not fully engaged the coast as of yet. Take advantage of the low prices, sparse crowds and warming weather and head on out! Let us know how we can help.
Until next time,