Relaxation tools are all the rage, but before diving in on that subject, let’s have a quick chat about something equally as popular. So by now, I think it’s safe to assume that we all know of the mermaid trend of 2017 (honestly, I don’t think it ever ended). But perhaps there is some real logic to this obsession. So what is this relaxation tool that you’ve never thought of?
I recently read an article published on BBC News titled Aquariums ‘deliver significant health benefits’ (link below). I quickly realized how much I related to this information. Why are we drawn to water, aquariums, and even the color blue? Well, it turns out that they can improve our mental health.
I think back to all the times I’ve been to an aquarium, beach, or even a swimming pool. What do they all have in common? They are blue and they are relaxing. I once spent an entire morning at the beach just snorkeling around the shoreline. Every fish and shell that I saw brought so much joy, almost as if every care in the world was left above the surface. The ocean is in no hurry; it simply does it own thing.
Another example of this phenomenon occurred last year in my classroom. It was a chill kind of day and I wanted to give the students a little time to relax. I used my large classroom projector to show some underwater videos. Bright fish, corals, and other exciting marine life filled the screen. In that moment, even my most active students stopped in their tracks. They were mesmerized! Prior to that moment, I had not seen all 19 students that quiet at the same time. Fellow teachers, I urge you to try this at least once! It truly is a relaxation tool.
So what are your opinions on adding the color blue and/or marine life to your bag of relaxation techniques?
Much love -Aud
BBC Original Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33716589
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