Believe it or not, aquariums reduce stress and offer other health benefits that are undeniably real.
Studies have shown that aquariums have a profound ability to lower blood pressure, calm the mind, and help to alleviate anxiety. They also help to create a relaxing, soothing environment just about anywhere you put them. It's no wonder that aquariums are often used in the waiting rooms of doctors, dentists, specialists, child care centers, restaurants and spas. They have the power to keep us entertained and mesmerized for long periods of time. It has been said that aquariums have a hypnotic effects and when people are subjected to them prior to having medical procedures done, most end up needing less pain medication to get the job done.
Not only do aquariums prove to be visually hypnotic, they can be set up so they provide the calming sounds of running water which can completely add to the relaxing effect they already have.
Aquariums are very beneficial to:
- those suffering with insomnia
- those suffering with high blood pressure
- those suffering with stress & anxiety
- those suffering from tension
- children with behavioral/psychological problems
- the elderly
- those suffering from chronic illness
- crying infants, including those suffering with colic & separation anxiety
Plan Ahead for Success!
If you are looking for a stress management activity, you might consider maintaining an aquarium at home or in your work place. Many people maintain aquariums as a stress management hobby. Of course whenever you are learning about something new there is always a certain amount of stress getting started. But just like anything else, the more you learn and the more you practice getting things right, the easier it becomes.
If you are considering maintaining an aquarium as a hobby, be sure to educate yourself beforehand. By doing a little investigative work, you can plan to succeed and reap all the benefits an aquarium will bring.
In order to get started, consider asking yourself the following questions...
- What kind of aquarium would I prefer, fresh water or salt water?
- What size aquarium would be best?
Aquariums come in all sizes and set ups. They range from small fish bowls to big tanks to indoor/outdoor open manmade ponds. With so many options and choices available for aquarium accessories, you can pretty much create whatever you can envision.
However, if you are new to aquariums and would like to try it out without investing too much money, they make some excellent aquarium kits for beginners. Although they are usually smaller and made of acrylic instead of real glass, they are a great investment for the beginner because they come with much of what you will need to get started.
Aquariums Around the World
Aquariums attract people from all over the world. Below is a clip of the Ocean Voyager exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. It is a six million gallon saltwater tank that is the second largest viewing window in the world at 23 feet tall by 61 feet wide and 2 feet thick. The exhibit houses four whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and many other amazing fish. It truly is a sight to behold in person. Enjoy!