Standing at the shore’s edge in my hometown of Newport Beach, California, I am once again overtaken by the sensations of peace and happiness. My breath is heavy, my hair is dripping, and my skin is soaked in salt. I feel at one with the world and at peace with myself and all that is happening in my life—chaos included. I, like many ocean lovers, feel refreshed, renewed, and awakened by the presence of the ocean. And while many of us can go on and on about why we love the ocean, there’s a perfectly good scientific explanation as to why that is.
The ocean has always been my remedy for relieving tension, stress, and anxiety. As soon as I jump in my worries are lost. Since moving away from my family home in California, it has been imperative that I live no further than a bike ride away from the beach. I need easy access to the water at all times.