The benefit of spending time near the water has been long-understood; listening to the waves and allowing the soothing sounds to wash away our woes. But what is it about the water that is so therapeutic and how exactly does this aptly named ‘blue therapy’ work?
As an ‘always on’ society, it can be really hard to find ways to switch off. This is where being at sea truly comes into its own and all our guests confirm that climbing aboard the vessel they experience a subtle psychological shift, stepping off land, onto the water and away from it all. No longer physically connected to life ashore, we begin to unwind. Casting off and setting sail there is a true sense of having escaped, leaving anxieties and troubles behind.
The Benefits of Being at Sea
While the health benefits of green spaces are well documented, research in recent years has shown that ‘blue spaces’ can have an even greater effect on wellbeing. A 2013 study on happiness in natural environments found that proximity to the coastline or marine environments had the greatest effect on an individuals happiness. One of the largest reasons for this is the psychologically restorative effect that water has. The evidence is clear that spending time around water has been consistently shown to increase positive mood and reduce stress, and there’s no better way to experience this than on a boat!
Sanctuary at Sea
The therapeutic qualities of the sea are now growing in popularity with increasing bodies of evidence now supporting the benefits of being in, on or around the water. This is no surprise for Cornish mental health charity Sea Sanctuary who have long placed the sea at the heart of their programmes and pride themselves on ‘taking therapy out of the office and onto the water’. Teaming up with historic ketch Irene of Bridgwater, Sea Sanctuary are able to offer a range of sailing programmes, all focused on reducing stress and anxiety whilst rejuvenating bodies and minds in a non-medicalised way.
VentureSail Holidays are proud to confirm that Irene has also joined our fleet, offering guests the chance to take to the water and explore the Cornish coast under sail. We are contributing a percentage of each Irene booking to Sea Sanctuary to support their invaluable charitable work. View Irene’s Schedule >
Chase away the Blues
All our ventures offer the chance to experience the magic of the water, from voyages to far-flung St Kilda to cruises around the Cornish coast and Isles of Scilly. There is something very special about being completely surrounded by water, the fluid motion and tranquility of life on the waves is something that lures guests time and time again. Why not climb aboard and experience some blue therapy first hand? We are confident you will return to shore feeling revived and restored with a new found love for the sea.