Photo courtesy of Nick Armitage BEd, FRSA

Okay, so National Marine Week finished on 9th August (it’s actually a fortnight long). 

We meant to write this during that period but somehow missed the boat ….

This year’s National Marine Week was rather different for obvious reasons.  Organised by the Wildlife Trusts it is a time to reassess the health of our seas and coastline and where necessary take steps to allow areas to recover and thrive.  

That we as humans are drawn to water is beyond doubt.  Being one of the aspects of biophilic design, the presence of water provides several benefits to our health including

  • reduced adrenaline and cortisol levels
  • lower heart rate
  • lower blood pressure
  • better memory retention
Photo courtesy of Nick Armitage BEd, FRSA

Scientists have found that living by the coast leads to an improved sense of physical health and wellbeing.  The mere act of standing gazing out at the ocean provides a sense of awe allowing our brains a rest from intense stimulation and to wander and daydream.   Staring at the sea slows our brain activity and those theta brainwaves take over allowing ideas to flow.  Coupled with the rhythmic sounds of the waves and negative ions in the ocean air, a meditative state can be induced often leading to the best solutions to problem solving. 

But we can’t all go rushing off to the sea for our regular fix of all things aquatic.  So how do we incorporate water within our usual habitat? Small features such as water fountains and rain chains can provide that restorative feeling and help to reconnect people with the natural world.

Aquariums are another way of introducing some H2O into your interior space.  Viewing the rhythmic movement of water, the colourful fishes darting back and forth, the swaying of aquatic plants, all help to provide a calming regenerative environment, perfect for reducing stress levels and promoting creativity and productivity.

Aquarium designed by Videre https://www.videreaquariums.com

One of the services Tiny Jungle https://tiny-jungle.co.uk/   provide is aquascaping using freshwater aquaria with plants to promote tranquility and peace.  Who wouldn’t find this little chap completely mesmerizing?

Aquarium designed by Sean Clegg, Tiny Jungle

So whether it is a foray to the coast – or to the back garden – introducing water, and especially the sound of water, may lead to a feeling of calmness and happiness.  This in turn may lead to increased creativity and lowered stress levels (and don’t we all need this in the current climate!)