Many people dream of retiring and living near the beach. There’s a sense of wonderment and harmony when we start digging our toes into the warm sand, listening to the waves and capturing the visual beauty of the ocean. Research is also backing up why the beach evokes such a feel-good response from our emotions. A study, co-authored by Michigan State University’s Amber L. Pearson, found the connection between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space. “Increased views of blue space is significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress,” said Pearson, assistant professor of health geography and a member of MSU’s Water Science Network. “However, we did not find that with green space.” The American Psychological Association found one-third of Americans reported symptoms like headaches (34 percent), feeling nervous or feeling anxious (33 percent) because of stress. With mental illness on the rise, discovering ways to cope outside of self-medicating is quintessential and nature could produce an antidote. Considering many of us don’t have access to the beach, we can heed some of its teachings by using visualization and analogies. Apply the following suggestions to make your life a beach even if you’re far away from the seaside.