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Oakville Waterfront - The Soothing Effects of Water on Stress Reduction

 

Oakville Waterfront - The Soothing Effects of Water on Stress Reduction.

Minimizing the impact of things we have no control over is what life is all about. It’s what will help you weather the inevitable storms and come out of them still healthy and with peace of mind.  Stress is the number one killer of the human race.
It impacts every single part of our life.  You may not be able to control the stressors in your life, however you can alleviate the damage the stressors have on your body, mind and soul.

In difficult times it is more important than ever to practise stress-reducing activities. Riding out the storm is something you have no choice over; however the choice is yours in whether you want to ride it out paddling madly in a topsy-turvy canoe or in the peaceful berth of a sturdy Cape Islander 'fishing boat’.

The Soothing Effect of Water
~ We are water beings. We begin in a warm and fluid environment floating and cushioned,      safe and warm and our bodies are 60-80 % water. We are naturally drawn to water and it has a great soothing      affect on us.

We find our souls calmed and our confusion and sadness alleviated when we gaze out on the glassy surface of a calm lake in the morning. 

Clipping along the waves in      a sailboat brings us a feeling of freedom and release.

Walking along a beach restores our sanity and helps us to put things into perspective.
Once again, we realize and accept that we are natural beings, and  feeling calm and relaxed is a natural and healthy state of mind.

We are able to mimic  the effects of water in our homes      by installing backyard fountains      and little pools. 

Taking long      bubblebaths while listening to calming music carries us to another place      that we long ago forgot.

Listening to the tinkling of little waterfalls, be they real or emanating from a little artificial electric waterfall on our bedside table, soothes our inner voices and touches that primal place within our being, reminding it to once again let go of the cares of the day.

Accepting and nurturing our relationship with water is something easily within the reach of every person and one which will bring great peace during times of stress, sorrow and confusion.

Take advantage of Oakville's beautiful waterfront whenever you are feeling stressed or in need of some quiet rest and relaxation. Oakville has beautiful beaches, marinas and waterfront parks all waiting for you to visit.

 

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Comment balloon 32 commentsJo-Anne Smith • January 31 2010 09:33AM

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Joanne-This is such a beautiful post. I love it. Great way to start a Sunday with all the snow we got and knowing I have to go out and unbury my car. Snow in the south is a bigger problem than the north cause they take care of it so much better. Thanks for a wonderful post. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Jo-Anne,

We agree with you, that is why when anyone advertises a luxury destination, water is always part of it...Great thoughts, I can state at the ocean for ours...

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 11 years ago

I spent many days and happy times in Oakville for the great salmon hunt.  My Dad would bring his boat up there from the US when I lived in Toronto and we would fish on Lake Ontario for the million dollar fish!  Yes, water feeds the soul.  Oakville brings many happy memeroes for me.  Good luck with property. 

Posted by Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team (Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago

Sharon,

Thanks so kindly! We have very little snow up here in the north...in fact, there is green grass visible everywhere.

I hope it warms up for you and all of the snow melts soon...

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo

Great post; I can relate. When I get around water it becomes very soothing.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

Ron and Alexandria,

How true! Water is definitely a part of most vacations and luxury properties....

jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Water has been a part of my life for some time. From living on the coast in southern California to now on the east coast in Ocean City Maryland being on or near the water does it for me.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) almost 11 years ago

hi Kathy,

It sounds like you had a lot of fun in Oakville fishing....there are still many fishing boats out every summer and fishing charters. I don't know if they eat the fish they catch, but they're still catching them!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

hi Tom,

I can tell you're a water guy....so many of your posts involve the lake, both for boating and lakefront properties. I also remember you like lighthouses a great deal, especially the historic ones. I think I'll do a post on lighthouses sometime this week.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Scott,

Water people are usually very soulful and laid-back....it seems with life being so short, being near water reminds us to slow down and appreciate the beauty that is all around us.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

This former Maritimer is sooooooo missing the ocean...not the tranquil, turquoise water of the Caribbean but rather the murky, stormy, ominous ocean off the New Brunswick coast.  It's awe-inspiring and so much bigger than me and my life -- which is exactly what I find so soothing about it. -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) almost 11 years ago

Tanya,

You've put it so beautifully and said it exactly how it is...lakes and oceans are biggger than our lives and problems, and somehow help us to put things into perspective.

What do you think of the St. Lawrence?

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Hi Jo-Anne-Thank you for the e-mails. I used to live about a half hour from the St Lawrence Seaway. It is beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Jo,

The Oakville harbour marina is a great place to visit. I'm sorry they took down the restaurant and built a condo.

It's the perfect spot for a nice walk. However, I wish the geese were under control.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jo...Nice post well said, Love the Photo

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Jo-Anne - Love the imagery, and I love being on the water. The "clanking" of the mast cables is a lullaby that can smooth the edges from a hectic day.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 11 years ago

Living on the water is relaxing indeed.  I lived in a waterfront community for several years.  I miss it at times especially when the weather is conducive to boating.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Sharon,

I didn't want you to think I had erased your comment...hence emailed so that you could transfer it. In the end it all worked out for the best. ((-;

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Brian,

The Outer Harbour Marina still has a fine restaurant.....

it is a nice place to walk and yes, I wish the geese were under control too. The park is very messy in the summer months.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Thanks Fred!

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

John,

Yes, and sometimes they keep you awake at night if you're sleeping on the boat on a windy night.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

John,

After having lived on the water, you must really miss it. The past few years are the first time in the past 16 when I haven't lived on the water or had a nice view of it and I really do miss it.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Hi JO-Anne, Nice post!  I agree with you... something about water always make me feel very peaceful...  It is so calm and soothing.  Love the photo, too...

Posted by Yuno Marioni, - Your Home, My Goal - almost 11 years ago

Jo, the St. Lawrence tries...but it ain't the Atlantic : ) -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) almost 11 years ago

Jo,

I have three fountains in my house so I can always hear water :)  One huge one, one stained glass one and a small one my mother gave me for the front door.  I love them all!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Jo,

Mississauga cured the problem with hedges and bushes, and Bronte seems to have the situation under control as well.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for stopping by Yuno!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Tanya,

How true! When boating, the St Lawrence always kind of scared me...the currents are SOOOOO strong plus I always think of how cold and unforgiving it is.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Carole,

Lucky you! I don't have any ....  ))-:

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Brian,

Bronte Outer Harbour and the park in front of it has a very big goose problem in the summer months. The field is filled with goose droppings and I'm concerned when I see small children playing there.... I've heard that a low string or fence helps as the geese won't walk across it, however it seems they are flying in there due to the large landing field.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo-Anne this brings back fond memories of sleeping in my boat while at at anchor in the Gulf Island listening to waves lapping against the hull. Thank you.

Posted by Bob Dunn (Sutton Group West Coast Realty) almost 11 years ago

Bob,

Sounds like heaven to me.....I would be perfectly happy living on a boat.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

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