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Scientific reason you should be taking a beach holiday

We all know that taking a beach holiday is a relaxing experience, but now it is scientifically proven that you should be booking one!

A study conducted by Michigan State University has revealed that visiting or living in a location where you have the opportunity to see a lot of blue space, such as a body of water, leads to much lower levels of psychological distress.

The study was conducted in New Zealand and looked at the correlation between whether or not people could see the ocean and their health records.

They even considered other factors like age, gender and wealth, and found that living by the sea still improved people’s mental health.

But why is this? Well, according to Amber Pearson, one of the co-authors of the study, the brain can process natural backdrops better than other landscapes, which reduces sensory stimuli and promotes mental relaxation.

Many travellers have noted that the sounds and smells of the ocean have evoked feelings of relaxation. Although these senses were not covered in the study, Pearson admitted more research could be done to see how the other senses work together to help people relax.

You will be able to experience beautiful, natural backdrops from our holiday cottages in Shaldon, so what are you waiting for? Why not book a holiday today? After all, it is scientifically proven to be good for you!  

 

Photo courtesy of Derek Harper, under Creative Commons

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