Lakes, ponds, streams, creeks …
Fountains, showers, bathtubs …
… even art
Water of any kind is power at your fingertips.
It took me a while to realize the magic of water. And that size DOESN'T matter.
Here’s my story...
Growing up in the hub of Detroit, I spent summers frolicking in swimming pools. Years later, I moved to the quaint city of Douglas in southwestern Michigan near enchanting Lake Michigan.
Daily, whenever I walked down to the lake, I was captivated by its calming beauty.
At the same time, I met my friend, Karol, who had a pond in front of her home. She would rave about her pond: from the tranquility of the ripple-less water to the deep indigo blues when the wind picked up.
As she boasted, I silently smirked about her pond infatuation. How could a pint-size pond compete with vast Lake Michigan and its endless horizon?
Then I moved.
Downsizing to a condo … with a pond!
The first morning a low fog kissed the water.
Then a breeze picked up and the misty air cleared. The sun rose, turning into a vibrant orange, setting fire to the sunrise. As the sun peeked higher, the sky grew bluer reflecting its puffy white clouds in the glistening water.
I quickly learned water had an incredible impact – no matter the size!
Now when I capture the beauty of water in my art I realize it only magnifies its potential.
Surround yourself with water.
5 reasons why water is good for you
1. More mental energy and alertness
We’ve all felt it. The easing off the hamster wheel when we take a moment to absorb the tranquility of water, as known as Blue Space.
If you have access to water, be it out your back door, or a painting above your sofa, one gaze and instantly you’ll find yourself more productive with improved concentration. Truly amazing.
2. Water enhances daydreaming
Water produces an overwhelming sense of mental tranquility - from hearing the sound of lulling waves or by triggering fond peaceful memories while gazing at lakeshore art.
Both actions slow your brainwaves and enhance a more meditative state.
Viewing, feeling or hearing the soothing effects of water produces an enhanced problem-solving mindset and improves creativity.
3. Water reduces depression
Red Mind - a state of sadness, anger and even depression, can be shifted from the mere sight or sound of water. This shift in your emotional state can induce a flood of neurochemicals that increases blood flow to your brain and heart uplifting your mental health.
This increased relaxation and decreased stress of anxiety means a strengthened immune system. A stronger immune system better positions you to fight off illnesses, diseases and unwanted health obstacles.
4. Water induces better sleep
It’s difficult to dispute that the sound of water is helpful for a good night’s rest. In many ways, seeing or living near water helps clear the mind of unwanted distractions or unpleasant thoughts.
It's also no surprise that ocean waves are a popular choice for soothing sleep sounds. Like white noise sound machines, the consistent, repetitive sound of waves can be calming.
Creating a mental state of relaxation and contentment will bring you into a deeper sleep to enjoy the benefits of being rejuvenated when starting your day.
Beyond hearing and seeing water, another study has found that taking a hot bath about 90 minutes before bed can help people fall asleep more quickly.
5. Experience greater happiness
The term “Blue Mind” -the title of Wallace J. Nichols' book, refers to the meditative state the brain enters when we are exposed to water. Scientists have determined that looking at/enjoying water floods the brain with dopamine, or feel good hormones, naturally. Meaning people exposed to water are often more relaxed and happier in general.