A beach wave, a dip in a lake, a riverboat cruise. All of these things seem almost impossible to imagine ever doing again these days. But just because there are limits to enjoying public spaces, doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.

If you’re someone who needs to connect with water, there are ways to enjoy the feeling of being in and around it without leaving home. And no, I don’t mean watching a rafting video on YouTube.

Connecting with water can help to calm our minds, relieving stress and anxiety. Ancient peoples have looked at water as a powerful source of birth and renewal. It’s no wonder it’s the one vital thing we need to survive.

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols wrote about the transcendental effects of water in his book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make you Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What you Do (Little, Brown and Company, 2014). In it, he combines scientific explanations with personal stories of people who have experienced life-altering changes from being near or in water.

Here are some ways:


  1. Sip sparkling water
  2. Sing in the rain (in your backyard)
  3. Bathe in scented oil
  4. Bathe in sea salt
  5. Watch fish swim in an aquatic tank
  6. Take a warm shower
  7. Plug in a tabletop fountain
  8. Have a warm cup of ginger or green tea