How ocean views link to better mental health?
Living nearby sea areas is more than just a luxury. The ocean view has a significant impact on individuals’ mental health. New psychology research found that people who are living near sea shores are less depressed.
Researchers suggest that blue colors produced by ocean horizons are good for our mental or emotional functioning. They called it the “blue space”.
Because the previous study was the first study to investigate the impact of ocean view on mental health, the cause and effect were not established. The study was purely looking for a possible relationship between color and emotion. However, the result provides the world significant clues.
The researchers believe that exposing oneself to ocean views can lessen one’s psychological stress.
The researchers also investigated the effect of green colors on natural landscapes such as forests and grassy parks. However, the positive impact of colors was only found in blue which signifies ocean views. Green colors seemed to be not significant in predicting mental health.
Such difference in calming effect between colors, as suggested by the researchers, was due to the fact that the study did not investigate different types of green spaces.
Thus, the researchers wonder whether or not the same effect can also be found in a large body of fresh waters such as lakes.
How ocean color affects mental health?
The previous study might suggest that color blue has a positive effect on emotion. It is not the ocean. Rather, it is the ocean’s color.
“Blue is a color that suggests peace. It’s the color of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good color to aid in meditation or relaxation.” – Color Psychology
This might be the reason why ocean views decrease distress.
If color blue that is produced by ocean view can decrease distress, depressed people should stay near beaches. This is a free way to treat depression naturally.
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