Research shows that simply being in nature is good for both the mind and body. But more than that, we are somehow drawn to the sea. There is something inherently therapeutic about the sea.
Just being near to it has a powerful effect: the mind clears, the heart rate slows and, as we breathe in the clean, salty air, time stands still and all our worries seem to fade.
Studies have found that most people are drawn to water, and even just looking at pictures of it help to alleviate anxiety and calm stress. When I ask a client ( child or adult ) to relax and think of somewhere soothing, they will often imagine lying on a beach.
Have you noticed how many relaxation CDs (mine included) have the sound of gently lapping waves in the background? It's such a natural way to soothe the body and soul.
In a future post, I'll explain how you can help your little ones to relax by using a visualisation of the sea. It's very soothing, simple and effective - especially at bedtime.