Is it just me or does just the picture of a waterfall make you feel more relaxed? Actually, just being around water has the power to make you feel better.
I know, I was amazed myself! Yet, I can’t deny the soothing benefits of water. Of course, drinking water is great for you, but being around bodies of water helps soothe the soul and mind.
There’s a reason so many meditation apps have an entire group of sounds specifically dealing with water. Now, imagine not just hearing, but seeing and feeling it too.
A Dream Photoshoot
First, you're probably wondering how I got on this topic. I wanted to have a stress free maternity shoot. So, we decided to do ours at a waterfall and it was an absolute dream. Not only was it a beautiful setting, but the waterfall itself made my stress melt away. It was such an amazing experience.
If you want to plan your own stress free maternity shoot, make sure you choose a location that makes you feel relaxed and beautiful. Then, get a simple outfit that’s easy to move in. I opted for a dress on Amazon and a few tops that I could switch out to change my look. My hubby had a simple outfit that matched my mine and we were all set. Work with a photographer that’s used to doing maternity shoots or even a close friend. I also recommend going somewhere local. Most importantly, just go with the flow and have fun.
Why Waterfalls Are So Soothing
It’s just a waterfall, so how can it be so good for your health? Yeah, I know it’s hard not to be skeptical, especially if you’ve never visited one before or just taken the time to really enjoy the peace.
The sheer beauty of waterfalls actually boosts your mood and helps you feel happier. Not bad, right? Plus, science shows that negative ions in waterfalls help increase serotonin levels, which boosts your mood even more. The peaceful sound and the constant flowing motion provides a relaxation quality.
Simply being around a waterfall or even a large body of water like a lake or the ocean, has the ability to make you feel better. Since the air is charged with all the those negative ions, you get instant mental benefits. You feel less stressed and it can even help with anxiety and depression.
Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
I realize that may sound like a huge claim, but follow me. Think about how great you feel taking a trip to the mountains and enjoying the scenery. You find a secluded area with a waterfall. Doesn’t it just make you feel so peaceful? What about the ocean? You walk out on the beach early in the morning before it gets crowded. The ocean waves push the stress right out of your mind.
In fact, being around water relaxes your mind so much that it helps you sleep better and even gives you more mental energy. I can attest that both of those are great while you’re pregnant or just stressed out. I just felt better overall.
Of course, since our brains are 75% water, it shouldn’t be a surprise that being around water makes us feel better.
Self Care With Water
I know it’s not possible to be around waterfalls or oceans all the time. I’m lucky that there’s a waterfall in my area. But, part of being an Unbothered Goddess is focusing on self care. I highly recommend making water part of your self care routine. Put on some water sounds like a waterfall, rain or ocean waves. Then, slip into a relaxing bath and let your problems slip away.
Go outside for fresh air or meditate while wearing noise canceling headphones that play the soothing sounds of a waterfall. You can still get all the benefits of water without traveling far. Still, if you can, take a trip to your nearest waterfall. Trust me, it’s a revitalizing and relaxing experience you definitely won't forget.
Signed – The Unbothered Goddess, a woman who’s re-discovering herself