Marine biologist, Wallace J. Nichols, believes that humans have a “blue mind.” This means that the sound or presence of water is subconsciously soothing to the human psyche. Your ideal vacation is likely to include water in some form, perhaps a beach day or lakeside cottage. The element of water in your vacation can increase peace, calm and reconnect you with nature.
The sound of water is less likely to overstimulate like city noises or human voices. You may have realized that massage therapists will use ocean waves or trickling water sounds to soothe you during an appointment. While you may feel relaxed at the end of the massage, returning home to the normal insanity can wash the calm right off you. Utilize these tips in your home and life to harness the soothing power of water.
Install a Water Feature
Backyard water features have been popular for many years and are admired by most homeowners. Whether you love to garden, or to simply host backyard barbecues, installing a water feature in your backyard can be a great way to integrate soothing water sounds. Many homeowners appreciate the look of small koi ponds with waterfalls running into them.
If space is a factor, consider purchasing a self-contained fountain or waterfall that lives in a pot. Small water features like this are easy to transport between homes and can even be homemade. Find a large flower pot, line it with waterproof pond liner and add a pump; decorative accents can come and go as you see fit.
Set Up An Aquarium
A lesser-known stress-reliever is the aquarium. Setting up an aquarium with brightly colored fish and an air bubbler will create a soothing environment in your home. The sound of gurgling water and the movement of the fish can lower your blood pressure and stabilize your emotional state. Aquarium setup does not have to be an expensive venture, as you can buy a self-contained betta bowl with waterfall and plant growth for less than $100.
Purchase TableTop Waterfalls
Some patios are still too small for even self-contained water features and you may not want to take on the responsibility of an aquarium. A great middle ground can be found in a tabletop waterfall. You can find these small water features for sale at most department stores, often for less than $20. Features may include soothing lights or sound, but the main purpose is the calming effect running water will produce.
Draw a Bath
As a child, you likely took baths on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, like naps, you did not appreciate the full benefits a warm water soak can do for your health. Taking even a 20-minute long bath can help reduce your stress and soothe you physiologically. Studies show that a daily 15-20 minute soak can ease anxiety better than any prescription medication.