Going to the beach can be fun. In addition to swimming and cooling off in the water, the beach can be a great getaway from the cares of life. Going to the beach can also therapeutic. A day or even a few hours at the beach can improve metal health and release stress.
There are psychological reasons why many people are drawn to the beach. The fresh air smell of salt and sound of the waves can be very relaxing. Even at night thee beach can ave a calming effect. When we visited Virginia Beach, my wife took a walk in the sand each night in her bare feet. During the day she said even the gulls flying gave a her a feeling of serenity.
Lying on the beach, soaking up sunshine will increase Vitamin D, and increase feel good endorphin’s. The water and sound of the waves, is relaxing, and relieves stress. This will naturally lower blood pressure and heart rate. The water and sand will replenish magnesium, which is depleted during times of stress.
When my wife is over stressed, the right side of her back begins to itch. Recently , she said that she had not realized it, but her back did not itch the entire time we were at the beach. The magnesium in the water had relaxed her the same way an Epsom salts bath does. I find that relaxing on the beach helps me focus. And I am always calmer for days, when I return home.
Decades ago people enjoyed getting a tan in the sun. Today sunblock is advised, and the dangers of skin cancer and wrinkles emphasized. There are however individuals who believe the benefits of spending time in the sun (in moderation) far out weighs the risks.
Because of our complexions, my wife and I enjoy getting browner in the sun. We believe it is healthy and gives us a much healthier look, than the pale look winter causes us to have. Studies indicate that it is over exposure to sunlight that damages skin and poses a cancer risk.