Seeing an unparalleled variety of wildlife, numerous unspoiled isles, and a historical ship at work are great reasons to consider Schooners North for crewed yacht charters around the San Juan Islands. But did you know that making time for such trips can also have substantially positive effects on your well-being?
Here are several ways sailing through the archipelago will benefit your health – and even change your outlook on life.
A “blue mind”
According to Wallace J. Nichols, a noted author and marine biologist, humans have a “blue mind”. This means that we are “hardwired to react positively to water”, and that just being near it rests our brains. That’s because being by the open water – or on it or under it – simplifies the sensory stimuli that tax our brains while we do our daily routines. With fewer sounds, sights, and smells to take in, the mind can clear and cleanse itself, reset, and refocus.
It’s for these reasons that artists – as you’ll see around the archipelago – often decide to live and work near the water. Also, the open sea is so good for the mind that sailing has been explored as therapy for mental health.
Other scientific evidence elaborates on the benefits of being at sea:
- The salty sea air is rich with minerals that reduce stress. It is also charged with healthy negative ions that improve a person’s ability to absorb oxygen, as well as alertness and concentration.
- Sunlight energizes the body into producing endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones that induce a relaxed mood in people.
- The mere sound and rhythm of waves, or of water lapping against a boat, alter brainwave patterns and create a state of relaxation.
Of course, being in the sea is beneficial too. Cool water makes for a soothing nerve treatment (though take note that cold waters around the San Juan Islands are reserved only for the heartiest of swimmers). Salt in the water also promotes hormonal balance and an overall sense of wellness.
A sense of connectedness
Even though all the aforementioned reasons indicate that crewed yacht charters are a perfect way to disengage from the world, spending time on a sailing ship is also a great way of fostering connections.
This is not only due to the privacy that special charters provide. Aside from restfulness and mindfulness, being out on the sea can evoke feelings of awe. Awe at nature – which is not difficult to come by in the beautiful San Juan Islands – can let you feel a deeper connection with the universe, and to the people who share your experiences.
It’s for this reason that life’s important moments – like engagements, honeymoons, special birthdays, and burials-at-sea – find great venues aboard charters. On them you may find yourself rejuvenating not only your mind, but your heart and your spirit as well.
Other lessons learned
Lastly, you may not be working the lines and minding the winds on crewed yacht charters, but it’s worth noting that the act of sailing itself has numerous health benefits. The many tasks necessary to sail not only improve a person’s fitness, strength, endurance, and agility; they help improve concentration, comprehension, and communication skills too. Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? An initial experience aboard chartered craft might be an ideal introduction.
There’s also something to learn from your crew, if you watch them on your trip. Each crew member must be precise in his or her movements, and communicate and cooperate well with others, for boats to stay their course. We’ve said that being on the water improves connectedness and focus; they might be the best examples of that.
The Health Benefits of Sailing, HealthFitnessRevolution.com
Water’s Psychological Benefits, PsychCentral.com
Why Being Near the Ocean Can Make You Calmer and More Creative, HuffingtonPost.com
Sailing towards positive mental health, RYA.org.uk