Let’s talk about a subject that has long been considered taboo in American culture. Mental health. Having a stable and healthy mind is the key to a well-balanced and successful life.
Everyday stress from work, family, and just life in general takes a toll on the body and mind. Formulating a routine that allows you time to step back from the craziness and care for yourself is an important factor in keeping your mind healthy.
An avenue for a relaxing self-care routine comes in the form of water. Lakes, beaches, rivers, or ponds all can be sources of relaxing environments that allow self-reflection and relaxation.
This article will address the possible mood enhancing, goal setting and relaxation benefits that a pond can have on your mental health and overall life satisfaction.
According to USA Today, “research has shown that being near, in, on or under water can provide a long list of benefits for our mind and body, including lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of well-being and happiness, a lower heart and breathing rate, and safe, better workouts.”
A pond can provide you with the water source you need to reap the long list of benefits water can provide for your mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the sun out by a pond will have a significant effect on your mood.
Sun light rays encourage your brain to release serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel good. You’ll feel good, have a better mood and be more focused and calm throughout your day after spending time by a pond.
Setting goals in one of the best ways to improve productivity. It allows you to reach farther and push harder for accomplishments you wouldn’t have the motivation for. Unless you had written them down and made a conscious effort to achieve them, of course. Now where does water and ponds come into play for this? Two-fold.
First, if you don’t have a pond but have a backyard space, you can make it a goal to create a pond. Making the decision to have a space where you can relax in your backyard, setting a goal, and creating that environment yourself is extremely rewarding.
Not to mention — once you’re finished, you’ll have the perfect space for relaxing. You can add plants and a pond fountain, to increase its aesthetic appeal, and help maintain your pond’s clear water.
Second, if you have a pond you can take advantage of it by using it as a space to organize your thoughts and set future goals. Enjoy your pond and determine what plans you want to make, what goals you want to set, and how you’ll execute those plans for a better future.
Amazing Relaxation While Enjoying a Pond
A quick Google search for the term “being around water and brain” brings up a mountain of information, and it all points to the positive reaction your brain has to not only drinking water but being around it.
If you have a pond in your backyard, designating a certain portion of your day – even just 10 minutes to standing out by it can allow you the opportunity to reset your brain and be in a better mood. Installing a pond fountain, and enjoying the sound of cascading water on its surface is incredibly relaxing.
Don’t just take my word for it. There are videos all over YouTube that you can listen to a pond fountain. Imagine that in person!
Installing a pond and using it as an environment for goal setting and positive thought is a great way to increase your mental health. And as we discussed, having good mental health is the key to a successful and well-balanced life. From our perspective, installing a pond and enjoying a beautiful aquascape has nothing but benefits!