Most of us recognise the calming effect of a walk by the river or along a beach. Victorian doctors used to prescribe the “sea air” as a cure for an assortment of agues and ailments. But while the health benefits of green space are now well known, thanks to the pioneering research of Roger Ulrich and the Kaplans among others, little analysis has been made of “blue space” – the impact of the sea, rivers, lakes, and even urban water features on our health and wellbeing.
Now there’s new scientific proof that water helps calm us down and bring relief from stress. The study, conducted by Health & Place, looked at the effects of green (trees and vegetation) and blue (water) spaces on one’s well-being.
It was concluded that, “Higher levels of blue space visibility were associated with lower psychological distress.” In other words, the more you’re exposed to water, the less stressed you’ll be.
So if you have the chance to live on a body of water, or when on vacation, ask for the room with the (blue) view.