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Are you feeling stressed? Learn about Blue Mind - the healing power of water.

Have you ever felt instantly calmer when walking along an ocean shore, a river track, or the perimeter of a local lake. Whether it's the shoreline of Morton Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, South Coast or Murrumbidgee River, water seems to have such an effect on our sense of wellbeing.

"You can't hold back the water - but you can swim with the current" - Wallace J. Nichols
What's the book about?

I recently read the insightful book by Wallace J. Nichols,"Blue Mind". In this book Nichols explores the profound connection between water and our mental well-being. From the gentle lapping of waves to the invigorating rush of a waterfall, water has a remarkable ability to soothe the soul and calm the mind.

The meaning behind Blue Mind

Nichols is a marine biologist who coined the term Blue Mind. The term refers to that time when one is entering or near the ocean and is a mildly meditative state of peace and satisfaction. When we are near to the ocean we feel calmer, a sense of tranquility, stillness, and more connected to ourselves and others. The effect is almost instant, we feel less fatigued and more at peace. Whether you're seeking solace in the rhythmic motion of the ocean or finding serenity in the tranquility of a river current, water has a therapeutic effect on our wellbeing.

What activities support Blue Mind?

Nichols explains Blue Mind can be an antidote to the Red Mind, our anxious state, it can lower our heart rate, increase creativity, improve problem solving and can support people living with PTSD, to name a few. Therefore activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, or simply sitting by a lake can help alleviate stress, anxiety, burnout, depression and PTSD.

What can you do if you don't live near water?

When life has thrown me lemons or I have lost someone dear to me I have turned to the healing power of water but day to day I have probably taken water for granted. If you want to include water as one of your methods to calm, to find compassion and courage but don't live near a body of water you can, swim, take a bath, have a shower, get a fish tank, bathe your feet in lavender water. Something we all need to do is drink water. As you know dehydration depletes us of energy and effect our clarity of thought and therefore drinking enough water is crucial to our physical and mental health.

The take out?

So, if you're wondering how to find peace and calm in today's hectic world, let "Blue Mind" be your guide. Discover the joy of immersing yourself in the beauty of water and unlock a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.

Counsellor signature Corrie x

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