Blue Mind is a concept made popular in the bestselling book by the same name, written by Marine Biologist Wallace J. Nichols, where he details the science behind the remarkable effects water has on our health and wellbeing.
Nichols defines Blue Mind as “the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on or underwater.” We spend much of our lives in a state known as red mind, which is characterized by the overstimulation of our everyday surroundings and responsibilities. Rather than turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with this discomfort, we can spend time in or near water to unlock the state of Blue Mind—the opposite of red mind—to feel calm and at ease.
The concept of Blue Mind is backed by neuroscientists, who agree on the benefits it offers, including feelings of relaxation, increased physical performance, and a boost in creativity. We can achieve Blue Mind through a variety of methods. Smaller bodies of water like lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, fish tanks, fountains, and even bathtubs can all activate the positive surge of emotions that come with blue mind.
However, the best way to access blue mind is to go to the beach. Studies indicate that the negatively charged ions near the sea lower blood lactate levels and improve mood.
“Nothing compares to the bliss that comes from spending time away from the daily grind—no cell phone, no responsibilities, just you and the water,” said Chris Williams, CEO of Legacy Global Development. “And there’s no better place to achieve this state of euphoria than in Belize. As home to the second-largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and offering water activities from diving, snorkeling, and fishing, there is no shortage of opportunities to achieve Blue Mind here. When just sitting on the beach with a tropical drink in hand, Belize offers extraordinary water views like no other.”
Orchid Bay, Belize is surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is the ideal community to stay for a week, or own a vacation home and visit throughout the year. Vacationers and homeowners can choose between Beachfront Condominiums, Casitas, Waterway Villas, or Bungalows, right on the gorgeous coastline of Belize. Without even leaving the community, there are plenty of opportunities to achieve a constant state of blue mind, including access to an infinity pool, paddleboards, kayaks, and beach volleyball.
Located in northern Belize and developed by Legacy Global Development, Orchid Bayis a gated, master-planned community situated on a 114-acre site in the Bay of Chetumal. It combines North American comforts with a spectacular Caribbean setting. The development was influenced by innovations in community design that reveal small-town accessibility, connectivity, and convenience — all with respect to the natural environment. The master plan calls for a series of canals and basins for easy navigation around the community, first-world infrastructure, and 10 percent green space set aside.
On-site amenities include the Tradewinds Beach Club and Restaurant, as well as a 7,700-square foot beach club with multiple swimming pools, a gym, restaurant, bar, lounging decks, and private beach access, which is currently in development. An on-site grocery store and medical clinic are also projected to open in the future.
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