A few weeks ago I read this story on the brain benefits of being at the beach. It said that barefeet in the sand makes a person more grounded. That listening to waves simulates the feeling of being told “don’t worry” over and over again. That the smell of salt in the air calms our nerves.
I’ve been ruminating on it since. Probably because I haven’t been to the beach in about a year, and it has reminded me of the love I have for my family vacations lounging at beaches over the years. The adventures, the walks, the snorkeling and sunbathing, the boogie boarding and wave crashing. We’ve been to beaches in the cold weather and the warm, but each place, it is the same, barefeet and long walks. Lots of exploration and lots of time to just be.
The first time my son went to the beach he was three. He went wild with joy, and each time since, we’ve explored tidepools and kayaked and waded along the shore, enjoying the peace, the wide open spaces.
The article says that the research concluded that being by a beach removes the blues, and lifts a person’s spirits. And I believe it. I hope we will soon be with sand in all our bits very soon.