Time to break out the towels and sunblock—beach season is almost here!

For many people who live near the coast, this means time to spend relaxing with loved ones. And for those further inland, it can mean a family vacation they’ve looked forward to all year.

But did you know that there’s real science behind why the sea is such a calming place to be? Keep reading for some ocean psychology facts that will encourage you to plan your next beach trip today.

Get Grounded

Most people who have been to the beach are familiar with the warm, tingling feeling they get after kicking off their sandals to stand in the sand. But that lovely feeling isn’t just a coincidence—it’s science.

The earth has a slightly negative electric charge due to an abundance of free ions on the surface. Walking barefoot outside, also known as grounding, allows us to absorb those negative ions through the soles of our feet.

Combined with the stimulation of nerve networks and acupressure points in your feet, it results in that pleasant sensation we know and love. Some scientists even believe that this negative ion absorption can lead to better sleep and decreased pain.

Breathe Deeply

The sand isn’t the only way for you to absorb negative ions at the beach. The crashing waves of saltwater fill the ocean breeze with them, too!

Many oxygen ions in the ocean air, which are formed by water molecules, have an extra electron attached to them. Absorbing these negative ions through your lungs gives you many of the same benefits as grounding. So while you’re sitting in the sun, recharge your brain through some deep breathing exercises.

Listen to Nature’s ASMR

The sounds of the sea have long been a favorite of white noise fanatics, for many reasons. For starters, ocean wave sounds are low in pitch, follow a regular pattern, and have harmonic frequencies, all of which are the ideal sound characteristics for relaxation. Sounds with these characteristics can also help you focus, making them the perfect background noise for practicing mindfulness and meditation.

The rhythmic whooshing noise is also thought to bring back memories of being in your mother’s womb and hearing her heartbeat. This leads to an overall sense of comfort, safety, and wellbeing.

Finally, listening to soothing ocean sounds can drop our levels of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that’s released by the body during stressful situations. High levels of it can contribute to health problems like heart disease and stomach ulcers, it’s important to keep your cortisol low by taking time to de-stress.

Take a Color Bath

Shades of blue are well known to have calming psychological effects, so surrounding yourself in shades of blue can go a long way toward reducing anxiety.

In fact, one study showed that the “blue space effect“—the result of spending time near a large body of blue water—can have positive effects on your health. Richar Shuster, PsyD, claims that it can put us in a mild state of meditation, which can increase your focus and improve mental health.

Soak Up the Sun

If you’re hoping to give your brain a boost, spend some time in the sun at the beach. Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is produced in your body when your skin is exposed to the UVB rays in sunlight. It plays a significant role in brain health and is thought to improve both cognition and memory.

Safe sunbathing is also a great way to improve your serotonin levels, especially if you suffer from seasonal depression. Just make sure you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harm!

Long Walks

Don’t spend your whole trip to the sea sitting still—a long, romantic walk on the beach is one of the best ways to get your daily exercise. 

Walking and running on sand takes more muscle energy than the same activities on a hard surface. So not only is it a stellar workout, you’ll get more endorphins (“feel good” hormones) from going a shorter distance.

But walking along the boardwalk has its benefits, too. Just 30 minutes of activity per day can help lower stress and improve mental health. So next time you’re at the beach, go for a stroll and visit the nostalgic shops along the shore—or, if you can’t wait, check out this website to get started now.

Embrace the Placebo Effect

Some of the ocean’s psychological benefits are due to the placebo effect, but that doesn’t make them any less positive. American culture and media have trained us to associate the beach with tranquility and relaxation. And for many people, going to the beach triggers fond childhood memories.

So to get the biggest benefit from your time at the ocean, log out of social media, put away your phone, and be present in the moment. Take some time to close your eyes and listen closely to the rolling waves as you feel the sun and sand on your skin, and embrace both the evidence-based and not-so-scientific perks of the beach.

Use Ocean Psychology to Find Your Zen

If you needed an excuse to plan your next trip to the beach, these ocean psychology facts should do the trick. A day at the ocean can benefit both your mental and physical health, so take advantage of the weather getting nicer and go spend a day on the water.

Before you head out, make sure you read about our top 8 fun activities to do at the beach with your kids!

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Cortana for Xbox One Finally Released: Your Personal Gaming Assistant

Lucky summers for Xbox One users as they will be getting one of the much-awaited updates from Microsoft, the Cortana is about to be rolled out.
For those who have no idea what Cortana is, well, it is a Microsoft’s virtual assistant which lets you communicate with your device like "Siri" on Apple iOS and "Google Now Assistant" for Android. You can talk to your device by saying “Hey Cortana” and you can then give all the instructions through voice.

The purpose of launching Cortana is to integrate Windows 10 and the Xbox console. Though initially the update will not be available for Windows 10 but at a later stage, you will be able to use it with Xbox app on Windows 10.

Xbox Cortana

What to Expect

So how Cortana will change your gaming experience? How can it be of any help? Is it really a much needed feature?

Cortana is referred to as the ‘personal gaming assistant’. It will assist you in gaming, of course, but this is just the beginning. Right now, you will be able to use Cortana for gaming features only but in near future, it will work with other devices and will include a whole lot of other exciting features.

Cortana lets you communicate with your console over voice. It can let you find new games, turn on the Xbox, you can start a party, and you can perform several other tasks. You can also use it to search stuff on Bing, simply give a voice instruction to search something and voila, you are done.

The good news is that there are multiple updates that will be rolled out so you will see some nice changes this summer, for example, a new game collection will be rolled out, improvements in screenshot sharing feature, some of the famous PC games will be added to your Xbox live, and much more.

This is just the beginning. Microsoft is very enthusiastic about the update and it has already announced that Cortana is not limited to gaming only, so you should expect some good new features being added in recent times.

When and Where

Microsoft will be rolling the updates in phases – not all at once, thus you have to exhibit some patience. The first update will be rolled out this summer. You will get two updates this summer and more updates will follow soon.

At this moment, the Cortana will be available to Preview testers only. No, not to all the Preview testers but only those located in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. If you are in one of these countries, consider yourself lucky as you will be among the first ones who will have the privilege to try the new update.

Keep your fingers crossed for the update and let’s hope that the update proves to be good for the gamers. The basic purpose behind the launch of the Cortana and these updates is to integrate Xbox One fully with Windows app (the PC). Once it is done, you will experience gaming of another level.
But that’s not going to happen right away.

For now, just sit back, relax and let Microsoft do all the hard work. Wait for the update to reach you.

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