Nature's Valium 🧜‍♀️Edition

One of the most relaxing things out here in Thailand, (besides the one hour massages for $7!) is that I am now living & working on the beach! 🤤

Nature's Valium 🧜‍♀️

“The sea cures all ailments of man.” – Plato

One of the most relaxing things out here in Thailand, (besides the one hour massages for $7!) is that I am now living & working on the beach! 🤤

It’s hard to put into words just how relaxing the look, smell, & sound of the ocean is...so naturally, I will try and sum up how relaxed my body/mind is out here in terms of my sleep data… ;)

If my Deep Sleep scores were ocean waves then over the past couple of weeks since settling into Thailand... I’ve witnessed an absolute TSUNAMI 🌊 (exhibit A 👇).

In fact, virtually every metric related to my overall health & wellbeing appears to have drastically improved out here:

-Resting heart rate is down by an average of -10 (that is HUGE!)

-HRV has doubled (which tends to be a good thing)

-Respiratory rate is down by -1.2 breaths per min

-Body temperature has fallen to an average of -0.6

It’s as if living on the water instantly calms me. And the changes in my psychology, show up in my physiology (or vice versa). Literally, as I write this on our airbnb terrace, listening/looking at the waves...it is doing something to me, but what??

Because, honestly: Why does the look, sound, & feel of the ocean seem to act as nature’s valium?

Here’s what I found down the rabbit hole:

1. There’s An Entire Book Dedicated To The Science Behind The Ocean’s Weirdo Calming Effects

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

I got this on Audible and listened to it on the beach (how fitting). I loved this part:

2. Sea Water Therapy Is A Thing!

Apparently, it is called “Thalassotherapy” and means, “The medical use of the beneficial properties of the sea (which includes coastal climate, seawater, marine mud, seaweed, sand, and other substances extracted from the sea) in a preventative and remedial aim.

*Relatedly, “biophilia” (our preference to be amount nature) is also a thing. The Biophilia Effect: Exploring the Healing Power of Nature: “Contact with nature is essential for the human psyche. And newest findings have shown that also our physical health depends on influences of nature.”

3. Okkkk, But How Do I Practically Apply This When I’m NOT Living On The Beach:

The Life and Love of the Sea

Gift from the Sea: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Listening to this on Audible now...spoiler alert is that despite being published over 50 years ago, it feels incredibly timely [urgent!] in its reminder to make time for simplicity, solitude, & peace.)