Scientist and surfer Dr Easkey Britton explains how the water that surrounds us can play a crucial part in our mental wellbeing.

At Inspirefest 2018, Britton spoke of how the simple experience of being in water can leave a powerful imprint on our body and mind because it is such a multisensory experience.

“It’s visually stimulating, with a thousand shades of constantly moving blue,” she said, “and wave-exposed coastlines release negative ions believed to alter our biochemistry, lowering our cortisol and lighting up our mood.”

In her work, she has seen a strong and troubling divide between what we determine as society and the oceans, despite the fact that the latter have been fundamentally shaping our lives for thousands of years.


Words by Colm Gorey