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.