Dr Catherine Kelly Blue Spaces: How And Why Water Makes Us Feel Better


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Why do so many of us feel drawn to water?

Researchers around the globe are increasingly intrigued by our psychological response to blue space: oceans, rivers, lakes, canals and waterfalls. Research is showing that they are good for us, inducing a positive mood and reducing negative feelings.

Many people naturally gravitate towards the nearest blue space for their regular walks. There is an innate soothing quality that water brings, whether it's crashing waves, the gentle lapping beat of the water's edge or the reflections we see... Water brings on a meditative, 'blue mind' state.

Dr Catherine Kelly uses the study of Blue Mind, a term coined by Dr Wallace Nichols, which explores the study of water and why it makes us happy, to explore and understand the importance of blue space (water environments) and their therapeutic benefits.

Looking at the most up-to-date research and evidence that supports its importance for our wellbeing, she suggests how we can all integrate blue mind practices into our lives, providing examples and exercises that anyone can use to enhance their mental health.

About the Author

Dr. Catherine Kelly is the Wild Beach School Brighton's director. She has been a geography academic for more than 20 years. With a degree in natural sciences from Trinity College Dublin, she also holds a Ph.D in geography, a BSc. in Stress Management, and diplomas in Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques... plus Wild Beach School training from Sussex Wildlife Trust.

She has lectured at various universities in the UK and Ireland; her research and publication areas include geography, environment, and the field of wellbeing. She is currently working on research into nature and outdoor wellbeing. She also sits on the Board of the Sussex UNESCO Biosphere. Catherine is passionate about the sea, learning, nature and helping both adults and children to enjoy, explore and relax outdoors by the coast.

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'A timely read for today's challenges. Catherine Kelly's wise and informed memoir-style narrative helps us understand why blue spaces are so valued by swimmers everywhere and offers tools for those seeking wellbeing in a new way'
- Ella Foote, Outdoor Swimming Magazine


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