Exciting, energising, mesmerising and meditative, the sea simply makes us feel better. Turn to page 84 of August’s The Simple Things for Abby Driver’s love letter to the waves.
Beside the sea but not the seaside
Landlocked? Not a problem - you can recreate certain benefits of the sea anywhere
Part of the appeal of the sea is the freedom it offers and a chance to escape everyday mundanities, so Barkham suggests “seeking out hills and mountains, anywhere you get a sense of space”.
Next time you feel your stress levels creeping up, listen to the sound of waves. YouTube has an extensive collection you can listen to for free.
Submerging yourself under water is like entering a new, quiet, planet. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to be the sea. Nichols has other plans for you: “People should reconnect with their local waterways, whatever they are: lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, creeks, bays, waterfalls. Get wet. Dive under. Find the bottom.”
A pinch of salt
If your local waterways are more Thames then tranquil, retreat to your bath instead. To mimic seawater, The Epsom Salt Council suggests you add two cups of bath salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub and soak for at least 12 minutes. Close your eyes, light a sea salt candle and transport your senses to the coast.
Channel the calming properties of the sea into your meditation with a simple sea visualisation. A balmy beach, a secluded cove, a stormy sea. Your relaxation, your choice.