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Understanding the ‘Blue Mind’ and the Effects of Water on Calming the Mind

Water RelaxationYou likely feel relaxed when you hear the sound of raindrops on your roof. It may also be the same with the sound of a gushing stream, or waves crashing onto the shore. Whatever comes, you feel relaxed when you’re near water. This may explain why firms like Impressions Landscape are being asked to design waterfalls, ponds, and pool installations in homes often.

The ‘Blue Mind’

Scientists call this the ‘Blue Mind’ effect. Lots of things can possibly be explained by this phenomenon. For instance, there are more people living by the coast than before, according to data from the University of Exeter. It’s because living near bodies of water seem to have an effect on overall well-being. Those who live near the ocean reportedly feel less stressed.

Matthew White, a researcher from the University of Exeter, is among the ones who look extensively on the connection between water and people’s mental states. His team’s research coincides with Wallace Nichols theory, which is outlined in the latter’s aptly titled book Blue Mind. Data from both parties indicate that those who stay near water show a change in brain waves. Their brains switch from alpha to slower theta brain waves, which induce a sense of relaxation.

An Escape

Modern living is stressful despite all its conveniences. Nichols explains that among the few ways people try to escape this is to seek water. This longing for ‘refreshment’ facilitates a physiological shift, in both the brain and the entire body. Relaxation ensues and the quality of thought change. The brain then ‘turns on’ a meditative state that’s also linked to deeper thinking and creativity.

Did someone mention creativity? As previously indicated, the meditative state engages the brain’s daydreaming mechanisms. It allows your mind to wander in a way you don’t feel often, compared to being focused on a particular task. Nichols calls this the default mode network, wherein the brain wanders free of stimulation. In this state, you’re likely to solve problems you never thought you could.

Take advantage of this biological predisposition. You’ll thank yourself later.


Address These Issues and Conserve Water

showerA leaky faucet, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), wastes a minimum of 34 gallons every year. This is just for a single appliance leaking one drip every minute. This 60 drip per minute rate, as calculated by USGS, will be equivalent to 41 baths per year.

Leaky faucets, however, are not the only water wasters. Common types of leaks found in the home include toilet flappers, leaking showers, and damaged irrigation system. Beehive Plumbing shares more information about these plumbing issues that waste a lot of water.

Leaking Shower Heads

Leaking shower heads waste even more water and money than a single, one drip per minute leaky faucet. According to the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a showerhead with 10 drips per minute rate wastes more than 500 gallons a year, or the amount needed to wash about 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher. Do not wait for your water bills to dramatically go up; take care of these leaky showerheads right away.

Leaky/Inefficient Toilet

The common cause of a leaky toilet is an old or faulty toilet flapper. It is best to replace the whole rubber flapper — an inexpensive and easy DIY project that pays for itself in no time. It is also best to replace inefficient toilets to save 13,000 gallons per year. The EPA notes that retrofitting the house could save about $2,400 in wastewater bills over the lifetime of the toilets.

Damaged Irrigation

Make it a habit to check the irrigation system each spring to make sure that it is not damaged by freezing or frost. A system with 1/32nd of an inch in diameter can waste approximately about 6,300 a month. It is best to check the garden hose and always ensure tight connection to the spigot. If there are leaks, replace the nylon or the rubber hose.

Don’t let these problems lead to bigger, more expensive repairs. Call a reliable master plumber to deal with the issues immediately.