Ever had a rough mom day? Who am I kidding, and why am I even asking? We ALL have those days!! My day started with 3 tantrums, taking 20 minutes to put on a pair of overalls and a meltdown for not having the right water bottle. The day continued with a blow out that required a bath, arguments and fights over eating lunch. I was ready to give up. The day was long, and my patience was running thin. What was I going to do? My husband wasn’t coming home for another hour or two and even my best planner wasn’t going to help me out in this one.
FINALLY, HAPPY VIBES ALL AROUND
I wrote down my thoughts in my best planner and then I started to vent to my bestie. She gave a recommendation that saved my day and soul. It filled my cup and completely changed all our moods for the best. She recommended we take a walk on the beach. Forget the packing and just go. So, we did just that! The kids were running up and down the beach, collecting rocks, splashing in the water and there was not a care in the world. The sun rays were warming my back and the waves were calming my soul. Why didn’t I think of this earlier? Our clothes were sandy and wet, and I didn’t care. I even took off their clothes and let them run free. We were all having a blast and the stress was gone. I felt so happy, I felt so alive.
This stress-free feeling, I was having wasn’t just something I am making up, this feeling is scientific. Study after study reveal the benefits of a trip to the beach for your brain and body. The kids were being active and running around non-stop laughing and smiling. I was lifting them up and down and running around having an awesome time. All those negative thoughts and energy quickly went away because we were focused on us and having fun.
BENEFITS TO VISITING THE BEACH
So, what are the studies saying?? Take your best planner and write down some of these key notes. And when you second guess what you should be doing for the day, refer back to them!
There has been and are currently many studies that are based on the benefits of the colors in nature and the way nature looks and feels. The sounds we hear and the scents we breathe in. Ever wonder why people pay extra money just to have a hotel room with a view of water? Its interesting that we spend a lot of time taking care of what our body looks like on the outside and pay little to no attention to what our brain needs. Our brain not only needs educational practice it needs calming stimulus. Stress relievers that will allow the brain to activate in ways that will calm the body mind and soul.
A clinical psychologist, Richard Shuster, PsyD, states that “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” “The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Shuster.
Another study that was conducted by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts to determine the benefits nature had on our mental and physical healthy. They give examples that exposure to nature can increase a child’s self-esteem and provide them the opportunity to be more creative. Exercise be active and explore all which can improve and have a calming influence on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD.
“Nature isn’t a miracle cure for diseases,” says McRobert, “But by interacting with it, spending time in it, experiencing it and appreciating it we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result.”
With all of the positive feedback from the studies and general knowledge or experience of visiting nature, why not be sure to make a plan of it weekly? What is stopping us from doing so? If that hasn’t convinced you to make an effort here are five additional benefits listed out below.
FIVE BENEFITS TO VISTING THE BEACH
Ahhh that vitamin that everyone talks about these days…Vitamin D. Seems like almost everyone I know these days lack Vitamin D. Easy solution….get outside. Yes, you should still be safe with sunscreen but 10-15 minutes outside can help you if you are deficient.
Listening to the waves crash provide a sense of calm and relaxation which then removes the stressors. Breathing in the fresh air, feeling the sun warm our bodies and toes in the sand tend to put a smile on our faces and boost our positive energy.
Being at the beach can make exercise or just moving your body around a whole lot easier. Reduce the risk of childhood obesity and help your kids learn a healthy lifestyle from the start. We all need to move our bodies and if we can do it daily, even better! Oh and by the way… when we move our bodies it tends to help with better sleep patterns. It’s a win-win!
HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Even though I broke down all the scientific benefits that are positives for us, why is it so hard to make it happen? To take the time and go to the beach when we need it the most. Or even when we don’t need it the most, yet it gives us an extra positive boost.
For some of us it’s the time, the feeling that we do not have the time to make it happen. Or it could be the overwhelming feeling of packing and taking care of kids at the beach. Or perhaps not knowing how to take time to do it on our own. Whatever the reason may be, there is always a way. I promise.
Creating the time and energy to go to the beach is great for yourself, self-care. Your relationship, walking together hand in hand at the beach and cuddling up. Or for you and the kids, to release energy and feel amazing running around free.
For me, the way this will work is two ways. One its sporadic and I happen to just get the kids in the car and not care about packing. Or two, I write it down in my best weekly planner and make it happen. If you are the planner type of girl but don’t have one, you can download a printable planner today. If you want an actual physical planner, we have a Mommy-do Lifestyle planner that is perfect for moms like you.
Now if you are the sporadic, no plans, type of mom. That works too! Regardless of method, its just important to get out there and reap the benefits. You won’t regret it!
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I REFUSE TO GIVE UP
I refuse to give up daily planning and trying to pack healthy snacks/ meals...