We get it—not everyone can just walk on over to the beach every time stress starts to creep in. That’s why we asked Dr. Hanna to find ways for us take our brain to the beach no matter where we are or how busy our day is. Here are four quick and easy steps you can take to reap the benefits of Beach Brain from your desk, on a walk, in the car, at home, or pretty much wherever:
1. Get grounded
The quickest way to get out of your more stressful environment and into a beach state of mind is through your feet. The sole of the foot is one of the most blood-enriched, sensitive parts of the body – prime to receive sensory information to help recharge the brain and body. By putting on your comfy beach sandals, you'll allow your feet to have a break and therefore trigger your brain to take one as well.
2. Listen to ocean sounds
Simply listening to the ocean decreases blood pressure and improves heart variability, AKA physiological resilience. Sound machines and apps that play ocean sounds are great tools to help you take a few minutes to relax, destress and soak in the benefits of Beach Brain.
3. Get some natural light
While nothing beats the all-natural rays of the sun and their power to boost energy, metabolism, bone health and immune function, simply flicking off the iridescent lights or turning away from your screen for a few minutes can make a world of a difference. Try natural light sources, such as candles, or wearing blue light glasses to filter out harmful rays from the many digital screens in your life.
4. Use beachy essential oils
Aromatherapy is all about what works best for you. There are hundreds of essential oils with different impacts on wellbeing. Lavender, ylang ylang and patchouli are all known to have calming effects. Lime, lemongrass and eucalyptus, on the other hand, are more uplifting and energetic. Mixing oils with both calming and uplifting effects can mimic the relaxing yet energic benefits of Beach Brain.
Needless to say, the beach can have some pretty incredible impacts on your health and wellbeing. Making even ten minutes a day to take your brain to the beach will not only impact your bones, metabolism and immune system, but will make you feel good and smile more. Now that’s major.