The effects of the beach on your mental health

A sandy beach with 'body', 'mind' and 'spirit' written in the sand

It’s true – Our local beaches are good for our mental health!

Living in Devon gives us a head start over other regions in the UK as a new study conducted by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, suggests that exposure to coastal environments can play a huge role in boosting mental health and wellbeing. This is due to the therapeutic effects of marine and coastal landscapes.

How can the beach affect my mood?

  • It’s a change of scenery – some studies show that experiencing the same thing over and over again can cause stress and anxiety. The beach can engage your senses to new sights, smells, tastes and sounds which can improve your mental state and increase feelings of relaxation.
  • It improves overall wellbeing – having exposure to the sun and sea air is great for your mental health especially when you get in the water as it can increase mindfulness and physical activity.
  • It lowers stress – Being in nature, a place you feel safe can lower your blood pressure and stress levels.
  • It lifts your mood – spending time on the beach can increase your self-esteem and promotes relaxation as it makes you feel less isolated and a lot happier.

Check out our top 5 local beach recommendations below:

Salcombe beach

Salcombe beach

Budleigh Salterton beach

Budleigh Salterton beach

Meadfoot beach

Meadfoot beach

Croyde beach

Croyde beach

Exmouth beach

Exmouth beach

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