According to the Global Wellness Summit’s 2019 trend report, wellness is booming. One of our favorite trends this year is all about nature and the power it has to impact one’s health and well-being. As more studies are revealed that show the power that nature has on healing, it is grabbling the attention of the medical community. Down the road, your doctor may actually prescribe 30 minutes in nature to help what ails you. Scientists (like Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, as outlined in his book Blue Mind) have found a correlation between health and happiness to being on, near or on a body of water. Traveling to the ocean or a lake is typically thought of as a summer activity, but we’d like to shed some light on how and why water can be part of your wellness experience year-round. You see, you don’t actually have to be IN the water to reap the rewards. Here’s how it works.
-Locate a moving body of water.
This can actually be any moving water, a waterfall, ocean waves lapping onto the sand, the soft current of a river flowing by, ripples touching the shores of a lake.
-Stand, lie or sit next to that body of water.
This could be in a hammock, in the grass, on a boat, or simply enjoying a meal in a dining room that overlooks the water.
-How does the science work?
Studies show that negative ions are produced by moving water. Those ions are absorbed by your body and have been known to help alleviate depression and anxiety and therefore has a positive effect on your health and happiness.
So by simply being next to a body of water can actually make you feel happy. Isn’t that wonderful news?
If you want to “dive deeper” into the healing effects of water, consider visiting Lake Austin Spa Resort and explore their Ripple Effects programing, among other wellness offerings.
Article and Photos Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort