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World Ocean Day: Embracing the ‘Blue Mind’

Dr Sylvia Earle: It’s going to take all of us to save the ocean

Research is highlighting the therapeutic power of blue spaces—the oceans, lakes, rivers, and even fountains and aquariums. This emerging field, often referred to as ‘blue mind’ science, explores how spending time near water can significantly enhance our well-being.

World Ocean Day, celebrated annually on June 8, is not only an opportunity to advocate for the protection of our oceans but also to appreciate their profound impact on our mental and physical health. The ocean’s dynamic and ever-changing nature captivates our senses and offers a unique form of relaxation and rejuvenation.

The calming effect of water lies in its ability to capture our attention effortlessly. For instance, a walk along the beach allows us to witness the constant changes in light and movement, and our gaze softens with the gentle repetition of waves. This experience of tranquillity or awe can be especially beneficial for those suffering from anxiety and depression. By shifting focus away from personal worries to the external environment, the ocean helps create a sense of peace and perspective.

Moreover, being near water fosters a deep sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. The vastness of the ocean, its rhythms, and its mysteries evoke a feeling of awe and wonder. This connection can be profoundly grounding, reminding us of our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it.

World Ocean Day encourages us to celebrate and protect our oceans, recognizing their critical role not just in maintaining ecological balance but also in nurturing our mental and emotional health. Whether through direct interaction with the sea or simply contemplating its beauty, the ocean offers a sanctuary for our minds, promoting a state of calm and introspection.

As we celebrate World Ocean Day, let us embrace the concept of ‘blue mind’ and acknowledge the oceans as a vital resource for our well-being. By appreciating and safeguarding these blue spaces, we contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier self.

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