Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness
Water has a psychologically restorative effect on humans. It reduces negative mood and stress at a better rate than being in green spaces(nature).
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Our body's proximity to water – large flowing rivers and the coastal regions, has been associated with positive effects on our health and wellbeing.
Just like being in nature is good for health, being near water is shown to be beneficial for the body and mind.
Seaside living generally has more sunlight and less pollution, promoting better health and more of vitamin D to the people living there.
People who are living near the sea also are more likely to spend time outdoors in some activity or exercise.
Water is an immersive experience as we come in tune with the natural forces. The motion of the wind and the movement of water stirs our body and mind in a cognitive, positive way.
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When we're by the water, our brains are held in a state of mild attentiveness. In this state, the brain is interested and engaged in the water, taking in sensory input but not distracted by an overload of it.
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Alkaline water - water that has been treated to have a higher pH level than the 6.5-7.5 pH range - is experiencing a surge in popularity.
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Marketing claims behind alkaline water are based on the acid-ash hypothesis. The idea is that eating certain foods, like meat, dairy, and eggs, results in acid ash in your body, which increases your acid levels and causes health problems.
While there are some poorly designed studies that suggest alkaline water confers health benefits, there is no rigorous scientific evidence to support this belief.
You can't change the pH of your body by drinking alkaline water. Your body regulates its blood pH in a very narrow margin. If your pH varied too much, you wouldn't survive.
However, your diet does affect the pH of your urine. Most people's urine is about 6, which is acidic and not a problem. Alkaline may make your urine less acidic, but it doesn't make a difference to your health.
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Stoicism is famous for its practicality and focus on the here and now. It tells what is worth having in your life and gives you a way to get there; being satisfied with what you’ve got.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is a “problem-focused” approach to psychological therapy and is seen as very effective against depression, anxiety and every kind of unhelpful thinking.
Like stoicism, CBT encourages distinguishing between events and perceptions, and most CBT textbooks contain one of the core teachings of the Stoics: our perception hurts us more than the things themselves.
Practitioners may forget that some of the biggest determinants of our wellbeing are socio-economic and political if they follow too closely stoicism’s belief that circumstances can’t be changed and they must adapt. Doing so can needlessly perpetuate and aggravate harmful situations.