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.
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Words by Colm Gorey