What’s your New Year’s resolution? In recent years, there has been a shift towards thinking more mindfully about mental health, so it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people are making their resolutions with self-care in mind. We’ve all heard about the benefits of green spaces, or areas with vegetation, but what about areas with water? These are known as “blue spaces”, and anyone who has spent as much time by the water as we have, knows that they can have a positive effect on both the body and the mind – but why?
- Spending time in blue spaces is often associated with physical activity – one of the most common blue space activities is walking along the water. Locals, tourists, and furry friends alike can be seen walking along the New Westminster Quay in any season. Walking benefits the body by exercising the cardiovascular system, but it also benefits the mind by the supporting production of feel-good hormones like dopamine.
- The water is meditative – Watching the flow of the Fraser River and taking in the sound of rushing water is an immersive mindfulness activity that one can easily get lost in. Whether the water is raging or calm, it’s difficult to be stressed while enjoying the beauty of nature.
- Breathe in the fresh river air, breathe out the stress of the day – the air by the water is cleaner and less polluted, which supports your respiratory system. When your body is functioning optimally, your brain sees the benefits too.
Located on pillars on top of the Fraser River, you won’t find a getaway with more blue space than us. If your goal for 2023 is to focus on taking care of yourself, then we look forward to hosting you so you can discover the benefits of blue spaces for yourself!