The Underrated Wellness Benefits of a Beach Getaway

Apr 15, 2024 | Life

Discover the often-overlooked mental health perks of coastal vacations, as highlighted by MakatiMed

With summer in full swing, a beach retreat is an irresistible choice. Whether it’s catching waves, a refreshing swim, or simply basking in the sun-kissed sands, these quintessential summer activities also hold the power to uplift your mental well-being.

The Underrated Wellness Benefits of a Beach Getaway

Impact of coastal escapes on mental health

Dr. Jon Edward B. Jurilla, Chief of Psychiatry at Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), underscores the profound impact of coastal escapes on mental health: “From the calming presence of water to the revitalizing effects of sunlight, the beach offers a holistic experience that boosts mood, reduces stress, and enhances mental clarity. It’s a phenomenon anyone who’s felt uplifted after a day at the shore can attest to, even if they can’t pinpoint the exact reasons.”

So, how can you optimize your next beach getaway for maximum mental health benefits? Dr. Jurilla advises starting by soaking up the sun’s rays. “Sun exposure boosts Vitamin D levels, which in turn increases serotonin production—a key neurotransmitter in mood regulation. Higher serotonin levels translate to improved mood, reduced anxiety, and better sleep quality,” he explains. “This connection is evident in studies linking Vitamin D deficiency to depression.”

Therapeutic effects of water on well-being

Research consistently underscores the therapeutic effects of water on well-being. “The mere sight and sound of the ocean can induce a meditative state by modulating brain wave frequencies,” Dr. Jurilla notes. “The tranquil sound of water surpasses the clamor of urban life, promoting relaxation of both mind and body.”

Moreover, proximity to water often encourages physical activity. “Whether it’s swimming, floating, or diving, engaging in water-based activities provides full-body exercise, which is closely intertwined with mental health,” adds Dr. Jurilla.

Release of endorphins

Even a leisurely stroll along the shoreline offers benefits. “Walking on sand stimulates the release of endorphins—our body’s natural ‘feel-good’ hormones—resulting in reduced stress and heightened feelings of happiness and tranquility,” he points out.

The therapeutic effects extend to breathing in the sea air. “Beach air, rich in negative ions, facilitates better oxygen absorption, enhancing serotonin levels,” explains Dr. Jurilla. “This, coupled with the soothing aroma of the ocean, contributes to the overall mental health benefits of beach outings.”

Nature’s profound impact on mental well-being

The Underrated Wellness Benefits of a Beach Getaway
The Underrated Wellness Benefits of a Beach Getaway

A beach excursion poignantly reminds us of nature’s profound impact on mental well-being. “If you ever needed a reason to head to the beach, consider it a gift to your mental health,” suggests Dr. Jurilla.

For further inquiries, contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit You can also stay updated by following @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.


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