Planning a trip to a lake or to a beach? Gaze out at the water as much as you can, and let the stress relief come rolling in. “Green space” may be all the rage, but trees and plants haven’t cornered the entire nature therapy market. A recent population study linked water views, what researchers call “blue space,” with lower stress levels. Of course, it doesn’t take a scientific study to tell you that being at the lake or ocean feels good. The sand in your toes, the sounds of the water, and the sparkling, sun-dappled water are a feast for the senses. Contemplating the beauty of a lake or the vastness of the ocean has a way of putting day-to-day worries into perspective. Bask in blue space as often as you can. If you are lucky enough to live near a lake or the sea and get a daily dose of its magic, count your blue-space blessings! And while you’re there, feast on fresh, omega-3-rich seafood to nourish your brain and heart.
“Every lake belongs to the quietness desired by the swans.” Munia Kahn