Water and Mental Health in Scotland: Brightwater Guide

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As a business water services provider, we are proud to do our part in the supply of such an important and amazing resource in Scotland. The BBC says that mental health is ‘one of the major challenges in Scotland’. They believe that around one in three people are affected by mental health illness each year. In support of Mental Health Week, we have put together this blog that talks about all the amazing ways that water can improve your mental health. From helping stress to lifting your mood, water can be a powerful ally in all our mental health journeys.


Hydration and Mental Health

The human brain is roughly made up of 73% water, which means even minor dehydration can have a large impact on our brain function. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can impair our focus, memory, and decision-making ability. Furthermore, dehydration can contribute to anxiety and depression, two of the most common mental health conditions in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to drink enough water daily to keep our brains bright and healthy. The NHS recommends drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.


The Calming Effects of Water

Being in or around water has been shown to have a calming effect on our minds. In fact, water is often used as a therapy tool to help stress and anxiety. The sound of waves or the sight of a tranquil lake can help lower our heart rate and blood pressure, reducing stress levels. The Guardian wrote an article about the importance of ‘blue spaces’ such as rivers, beaches, lochs, and even urban water features due to their calming effects and positive impact on wellbeing. We are lucky to be based in Scotland where there is a large number of blue spaces, we even wrote a blog on the best local beaches in East Lothian that you can visit.


Water Exercise Benefits

Exercise is an effective way to combat depression and anxiety. And when it comes to exercising, water provides a good environment for working on our physical and mental well-being. Water-based activities like swimming can improve physical health without hurting our joints. Plus, water-based exercise can release endorphins which make us feel good.


In conclusion, water plays a vital role in our mental well-being. Water is a vital resource that everyone needs access to, and it needs to be looked after by everyone too. As a water services business, we advocate the benefits of water and support businesses to reduce their water waste. In turn, they not only save money but also do their part in protecting water in Scotland.


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