Can Emerald Isle Living Improve Your Quality of Life?
Have you ever thought about your current quality of life in the place you call home? Is it at the level you desire it to be or do you find it a little bit lacking in some areas? Although quality of life expectations are different for everyone, there are driving factors that impact our financial lives and our decisions. So when you're considering making Emerald Isle, North Carolina a place to call home, you'll be happy to hear that there are some key elements that make the quality of life here very good. Here are just a few things for you to think about.
Benefits of Sunshine, Salt Water & Ocean Breezes
Living in a place where sun, salt and sand are part of your day has its benefits. Getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is a breeze when you live at the beach—just don't forget your sunscreen. The saltwater is good for you, too, as it contains minerals like sodium, chloride, magnesium and calcium. These are things that your body needs and are oftentimes found in the vitamin supplements you take. It's also great for your skin and hair, so you can add that to your benefits list as well. Slowly inhaling that salty ocean air can relax you in instantaneously and you can do it whenever you please when you live on the coast. We like to collectively call all of these benefits your daily dose of Vitamin Sea. Are you getting enough?
Coastal Elements Boost Mood & Relaxation
According to recent data, those who live by the coast report better physical and mental health than those who don’t. Also in a separate study, participants who live in homes with ocean views report feeling calmer than those without them. Why? The color blue has been found to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. Did you know that just staring at the ocean can actually change the frequency of our brain waves and put us into a mild meditative state? The smell of the ocean breeze contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in. These oxygen atoms have an extra electron and occur in places like the ocean. Studies suggest that negative ion therapy could be used to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) too. See, the beach really is good for you! You can read more about these and other findings here.
Staying Active is Easier at the Beach
With all of the opportunities right outside your Emerald Isle beach house, staying active and fit is whole lot easier than having to drag yourself to the gym every day (unless you prefer the gym, then that's okay—we have those here too). Whether it's a stroll along the shoreline, yoga on the beach, surf lessons, your favorite paddling adventure, or a bike ride through town, you can choose a different active adventure each and every day. It also helps that Eastern North Carolina has a mild and temperate climate throughout the year, so you won't be as limited with what you can do outside.
More Ways to Eat Healthy with Local Seafood & Farm Fresh Produce
With your proximity to fresh local seafood all year long and farm fresh produce in our local markets, there are abundant options for healthful—and delicious—eating whether you prefer to cook for yourself or dine out. You can even get out there and catch your own dinner if you so choose. You really can't get any fresher than that. Check out the seasonal favorites offered up at the local farmers markets and enjoy the flavors this area has to offer.
Slower Pace of Life Reduces Stress
Not only are you in the South, which is known for its more laid-back attitude and way of life, but you're also on island time in Emerald Isle. Add those to the local beach vibe and you're sure to feel more relaxed the moment you arrive. Our lives can get pretty hectic and we sometimes get used to the feeling of going full speed ahead in everything we do. But it doesn't have to be that way, nor should it be! Slow it down a little bit, take time to live a little more in the present moments, and definitely allow yourself to soak up the coastal beauty that's all around you. Your body, mind and spirit will all thank you!
Strong Sense of Community
It's easy to get lost in the crowd when you live in a large metropolitan area—or even right outside a big city. There is a much stronger sense of community and neighborly spirit when you live in a place where you can actually get to know the people you see on a daily basis. Emerald Isle, NC has a great reputation for its welcoming and friendly community both with its visitors and residents. And for good reason! Remember what our town motto is here: Nice Matters. It truly does.
So when we come back to the question: Can Emerald Isle living improve your quality of life? We'll let you answer that. You already know what we think! If you're ready to call Emerald Isle home, let Sun-Surf Realty be your local realty experts. We'd love to be of service and help you get settled into beach life and island living.