Water has a calming effect on the body and mind, which marine biologist and neuroscientist Wallace J Nichols calls blue mind.
“The term ‘blue mind’ describes the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on, or underwater,” he says. “It’s the antidote to what we refer to as ‘red mind,’ which is the anxious, over-connected, and over-stimulated state that defines the new normal of modern life.”
Research shows that water can improve our sense of physical health and make us feel happier, healthier, calmer, and more creative. According to Nichols, even the sight or sound of water is enough to release neurochemicals into the body that promote wellness and induce relaxation.