I had a rubbish day last week and as the sun set I drove down to the sea to sit for a while. I watched the sky streaked with rhubarb and custard darken over a lavender sea as the rocks and islands blackened to silhouettes while the far headlands faded into the west . I won’t pretend that everything was suddenly wonderful again but it did give me a little space, a little bit of distance from my daily travails. It got me out of my head.
I had thought it ozone was responsible for this seaside high but according to Wikipedia I may be a bit behind on my thinking as “In the Victorian era, one British folk myth held that the smell of the sea was caused by ozone. In fact, the characteristic “smell of the sea” is caused by dimethyl sulfidea chemical generated by phytoplankton. Victorian British folk considered the resulting smell “bracing,” but in high concentrations, dimethyl sulfide is actually toxic.”
In fact the air by the sea~or in the mountains, near waterfalls or after a storm~ is charged with negative ions, ions which have broken apart or have lost (or gained) their charge( I am sort of weak on the science) due to pounding surf or sunlight for instance, which accelerate our absorption of oxygen and balance levels of seratonin which is related to mood and stress. So they say. Certainly negative ionizers are marketed as a means to help soothe the symptoms of depression or low mood.
As someone who resides by the sea I am not going to argue. It is rare that you’ll end feeling worse for a trip down to the sea.
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