Sea air is good for you. Everyone knows that, don’t they? It’s one of the most common soundbites used by anyone within a few miles from the English coast, and there’s a good chance that you’ve heard it plenty of times over the years.

But how much truth is there in the notion? Where are the facts to back it all up?

In our latest blog post, we’re taking a closer look at the health benefits of living by the sea to give you even more incentive to join us down here on the coast!

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is, rightly, a hot topic these days. With the ever-present threat of lockdowns and restrictions, people are increasingly finding that their peace of mind and overall happiness are being put under more pressure than usual.

Irrespective of pandemics, though, society is becoming increasingly aware of the paramount importance of mental health. We are moving towards an acceptance that our minds need the care and attention that the rest of our bodies do, and there is scientific work to suggest that living by the sea can actually do a lot of the heavy lifting for us.

In fact, simply living near water has been scientifically proven to boost our moods. The mind enters a ‘blue mind’ state when we are exposed to water, which releases dopamine into the brain to make us more relaxed.

Physical health

Who doesn’t want to be in better condition physically? The idea of hitting the gym at 6am may be genuinely unbearable for some, but seaside residents can improve their bodies’ wellbeing simply by stepping outside. No early mornings, no treadmills – just get yourself outside.

Fresh air – and specifically air that’s been exposed to water – helps your body to absorb oxygen. That increase in o2 then improves our alertness and overall mood. Handy! The decrease in stress that we’ve already spoken about will also strengthen your immune system, while living by the sea is also one of the best known ways of improving your sleep.

Finally, seasiders are far likelier to get outside for some moderate exercise than urban dwellers. Longer walks and light jogging are, unsurprisingly, much more attractive prospects when your surroundings are so pleasant. Days you would have spent in front of the TV may now be broken up by a 20-minute walk, and that can make all the difference to our overall health prospects.

Our seaside properties

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All in all, there are a number of physical and mental benefits to be had from living by the sea, and 90% of them don’t actually require you to do anything. Simply heading outside and exposing yourself to the air is enough to give your health a significant boost.

Stephens + Stephens is a multiple award-winning property developer, and we adopt a boutique approach to every development we oversee. We really do appreciate just how lucky we are to live in Cornwall, and would encourage anyone to consider moving down here too!

For the ultimate Cornish life + style benefits and a stunning range of properties currently available to reserve, head over to our residential properties section. Your perfect blue mind investment could be just around the corner.

Please contact us if you have any questions about what we have on offer.