We were talking about it today, the restorative power of the beach. It’s ability to wash away your cares and bring you back to yourself like nothing else. My father believes it has to do with the salt air, the power of the ocean, the sunshine. He’s probably right. There is magic at the beach. You can go for a day and it feels like you have been on vacation for a week. A week and it feels like a month. There’s magic in that. Even living surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world {Rainbow Beach, Inskip Point, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore} not once has that ever made me complacent to its beauty and power. To what it does for me.

This week in the Aussie Curves post people noted how relaxed and happy I looked. How restored. That can only be put down to one thing, the beach. And maybe to a lesser extent my family and a week without the pressures of anything. For a whole week I floated in the ocean, ducked below the crashing waves and soothed myself. Let my troubles seep out of me into the ocean to be carried away. I laughed and swam. I frolicked and trusted my body to deliver me safely back to the shore. I grew more confident in myself, I trusted what I know. I turned my face to the sunshine and soaked it in.

Did you know there are a ridiculous percentage of people in Queensland who have a Vitamin D deficiency?

Slip, Slop, Slap won. But didn’t, you know. Random fact. My Dad’s Doctor told him that.

Now I am ready for whatever comes next. I make plans and etch out ideas in my notebook. That is the best part about this time of year, the crackling energy of the possibilities of a new year.  Thanks to the ocean, the beach, I enter this time of year with a clear head, a singular focus and an idea of what is next for me. A determination to kick some butt in the gym, to offer my body whole foods as sustenance  to laugh and love and enjoy the people around me, to sink my teeth into something challenging career wise.

Do you feel this way about the beach? Or is there somewhere else for you to go to restore yourself? 

 

  • nope. no beaches for this little white (and I mean white) duck. there is only one thing worse than getting burnt and that is getting burnt where the water is salty and it is sandy – so no, beaches do not calm or restore me. However a trip to our holiday house – which is on the south coast of NSW where there are beaches does calm me. Other than that – a good book shop that I can browse in for ages. Obviously I am an indoor person…

    • Haha. White duck, heeeey. I hear you, sometimes I love to be inside too. My aim in life is to have a weekend/holiday house. The primary aim. I have lofty goals.

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    The ocean to me is an absolute spiritual miracle. I need to regularly get my body into it’s briny depths to cleanse my soul of worries. It is the ultimate restorative, Vitamin Sea.
    I have lived in and near the ocean almost my entire life, and I still have a vitamin D deficiency! I take tablets for it 🙁
    Glad you are feeling so great.
    xx

    • It absolutely is. It’s all kinds of magic.

      You might need to lay off the sunscreen when you don’t need it. Apparently. Just put it on if you’re planning a big trip outdoors rather than just the shops and stuff. Let some soak in.

  • I completely agree! The beach is one of my happy places. I only wish we lived closer! Glad you had a nice break 🙂

  • Psych Babbler

    I love the beach and that’s why when I bought a place it had to be near one. I’m so fortunate to live a 10 minute drive from the beach and completely agree with you that it is relaxing and therapeutic. In fact, after having a crappy summer last year in Sydney (where I went twice to the beach), I had a shitty 2012 and Vitamin D deficiency. Hopefully, this year will be different. Just spent the last couple of days soaking up the sun.

    • It happens. When I lived in Central Queensland and my nearest beach was almost 3 hours away, I kind of shrivelled up a little. I felt so cut off. Good luck shaking off 2012 and diving head first into 2013. xo

  • Melissa Mitchell

    I am actually quite certain that I am one of the people of which you speak. Going outside for more than a load of washing is a rarity for me. I asked Joel to get me one of those outdoor lougers or a hammock. I am determined to spend a portion of each day outside.

    • Do, there is some restorative about the sunshine, even if you can’t make it to the beach.

  • Beach, beach,beach 3 or 4 times a day for me!i just cannot get enough plus my fur baby loves it! looking at beach now just got back from a swim and thinking of going over again it looks sooo nice!! 🙂

    • Ooooo, sounds divine. Enjoy. That’s my goal is to move somewhere closer to the beach and utilise it.

  • Patrick weseman

    Love the Beach. I live near the Pacific Ocean and during the summer I can literally take a streetcar from work and be at Ocean Beach in San Francisco in about 15 minutes. The Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay have always been great places to restore. I have blogged about a couple of places near the water I like.

    • I’ve been to San Francisco, it’s gorgeous. Any expanse of ocean helps, I think. It must be a water/air/cleanse thing. And street cars…. adorable!

  • Love the beach and yes your right, one day there and it feels longer, it’s the best place to be to relax and just melt away.

  • Denyse Whelan

    You nailed it! The beach is my spiritual home. I grew up by the beach in Wollongong and near manly in NSW….then 42 years ago went ‘bush’ to teach & now we live in Western Sydney’s hot area…so, any chance I get – winter. Spring summer autumn. When I visit my Dad at Dee Why beach … I also spend some time by the sea. In Feb 2012 I had an amazing 5 days at Mooloolaba & cannot remember a warmer sea temp & better times! We always had beach hols with our kids too. Miss my beach life. True about the vitamin D & it affects our muscle strength as we age so my Dr has me on a supplement as well as ensuring I spend time outside. You know the meme I started on 1 Jan #nourishmysoul2daybydw. I reckon the beach would be my number one plan! Love Denyse x

    • Number one plan, for sure. If I am ever feeling tapped out, under nourished, the beach is where I head. I have a similar long association with the beach. I think once it gets you, it gets you.

  • Yes, the beach. Even better, an island! PS love the new background on your blog 🙂

  • Rach aka Stinkb0mb

    We’ve lived about 10 minutes from the beach now for coming up 6 years and we both know that we can never move further away from it. It’s cooler by the coast and it’s just so good for the soul to be near all that water. When we move to Tassie, we’re going to be even closer – the area we’re looking at, the road runs parallel with Bass Strait, so it would be views galore! If we HAD to move away from the coast, then it would be to the mountains, the only other place that feeds my soul in the same way. x

    • Yes! You and I are so similar. I would love to move closer to the coast and it’s on the list, for sure. Until then, I road trip a lot and soak up the fresh air whenever I can. Rural views and clean fresh air do the same thing {to a lesser degree} for me too.