Beach break! Fall in California means sweaters one day, bathing suits the next.
A lot of research is starting to show that spending time near the ocean or other large bodies of water can make us feel calmer, more centered, and healthier. A new study form the University of Exeter found that living close to the sea could support better mental health. 👩⚕️
Researchers used survey data from nearly 26,000 respondents in their analysis, which marks one of the most detailed investigations ever into the well-being effects of being beside the sea. After taking other related factors into account, the study revealed that living in large towns and cities near to England's coastline is linked with better mental health for those in the lowest earning households.
The research used data from the Health Survey for England and compared people's health to their proximity to the coast; from those living less than 1km away, to those more than 50km away. Its findings add to the growing evidence that access to blue spaces -- particularly coastal environments -- might improve health and wellbeing. The report represents the first time the benefits of coastal living have been demonstrated at such a detailed level according to income. More broadly, this research suggests that spending some time by the sea or lake can do wonders for your peace of mind.
Do you have a special place you like to go to feel at peace or connect with nature?