Something is soothing about the sound of ocean waves, the smell of salt, and the feeling of the warm sun on your body. It is the beach where many come to seek happiness, relaxation, and enjoyment. However, it is not just the great vibes of beach culture or the fascinating sea and sand creatures that make the beach a mysterious and wonderful place; the beach can have a profound effect on your brain and mental health. Some studies suggest that the beach’s healing qualities result from its ability to engage all our senses to help bring balance to both the mentally and physically. These healing properties offered by nature can become essential remedies for those in recovery.
Some perceive the beach as a destination that comes to life in the summer and hibernates in the winter. What if there was a way to invite the beach into your home to stay during the winter months? Well, coupling modern technology with a little creativity can allow for a great beach experience in the comfort of your home! While you can’t create an ocean in your house, there are ways in which you can get an effective beach fix during the coldest and darkest months of winter. Such methods will not only deliver some of your favorite qualities about the beach, but they will also rely on you to engage in other healthy practices that serve your recovery.
Achieving a Beach Aesthetic
While you might not be able to transform your house or apartment into a Cape Cod or Venice Beach bungalow, you can incorporate beach vibes to help with the beach’s visual aesthetic. Creating visuals allows you to integrate information with your other senses, making your connection with your home-beach more powerful. First, getting a statement plant or multiple plants help with nature and beach vibes. Ferns, palms, Monstera, orchids, and other beach-growing plants can help make your home feel like the tropics. If you don’t have a green thumb, it’s okay to buy fake plants; however, caring for real plants lends another facet to your recovery. Caring for plants can inspire creativity, provoke self-confidence, and be meditative.
Since the beach is associated with light, airy places, you might consider adding pops of brighter colors to the room. You can get yourself some colorful pillow covers or blankets, or if practical, you can switch out your curtains for some that allow more daylight to enter and that are white or light-colored. You can also add touches of art to your walls and shelves. Maybe hang a picture of a lighthouse or a coast, or set a starfish or seashells on your shelves. These little nuances go far in helping with your visual connection to the beach. The power of adding sunlight to your environment helps with the production of serotonin and endorphins, which are essential to boosting your mood.
Creating Beach Sounds
Ever wonder why you have the urge to nap at the beach? The rhythmic sound of the waves is not only relaxing but meditative. If you already meditate, try adding a touch of the beach. Try to use a good pair of noise-canceling headphones or a good stereo system and turn on waves or ocean sounds. Since whooshing noises are known as non-threatening sounds, they help calm you and help you reach your meditative state faster. The waves’ rhythm can also help you regulate your breathing, which also helps regulate your circadian rhythm. With the darker days, having a consistent and well-adjusted circadian rhythm is vital to beating any depressive feelings.
Creating Beach Smells
Another immediate sense to engage while trying to replicate the beach at home is your sense of smell. Your sense of smell is linked with memory and provokes specific feelings attached to particular memories. Since the beach offers many unique scents, you can bring these into your home to add another layer to your home beach. Candles exist that smell like saltwater, while other candles smell more pungent, like the iodine and algae that manifest in the sea. No matter what your preferred beach aroma is, it helps when the smells surrounding you can arouse memories attached to feelings of joy, euphoria, and happiness. Scent tied to good memories can affect your mood, so experiment with some smells to discover what you like when incorporating your other senses. Some people even say that their strongest scent tied to the beach is the smell of sunblock. So, try rubbing a little sunblock on your cheeks to capture the perfect beach smell.
Incorporating Touch in Your Home Beach
Touch is the physical response you have when you go to the beach. Many unique textures and temperatures exist at the beach, including warmth, wind, water, and sand. You might even associate the feeling of flip flops with being at the beach. Whatever you like, think about it and incorporate them into your home-beach experience. If you want sand under your feet, you might use a Rubbermaid container or wading pool and fill it with sand; this way, you can lounge with your feet in the sand. Maybe you like a breeze. Set an oscillating fan to a low setting and have it move air around the room. The sky is the limit here, so have fun with it. You might even dress in your favorite beachwear. You might think that you look ridiculous, but who cares? You’re at the beach and feeling zen, and that’s all that matters.
The idea of bringing the beach into your home during winter is a great exercise to help you feel expressive and joyful. Utilizing the ability to engage all senses is a profound form of meditation that influences your overall physical and mental well being. It is also good to add variety or a theme to your daily exercises when you feel a little uninspired. If you are feeling uninspired and unmotivated, it’s okay. Winter is tough to endure for anybody. Luckily, there is always professional help waiting for you at True Recovery. At True Recovery, we help promote lasting recovery in our patients and understand that variety and transformation are essential to longevity in sobriety. If you are at a point where you need immediate help or are just needing a little motivation, we work to make sure we meet your individual needs. Get help today by calling us at (866) 399-6528.