Have you spent too much time indoors throughout winter or under the office fluorescents lately? It sounds like you could do with a big dose of salty hair, sandy skin and sea breeze. Here’s why spending some time by the Kiama seaside is so good for the body – and soul.

As humans, we possess a desire to be connected to the elements. There’s scientific reasoning behind why people opt for a sea change, or choose to holiday beside vast bodies of water, be it oceans, lakes or rivers. Much like a long bath at the end of a big day at work, a soak in the sea can bring therapeutic benefits. Marine biologist Wallace J Nichols believes that this connection is triggered in our “blue mind” when we’re in or near water. “Our brains are hardwired to react positively to water; it can calm us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken,” he says.

Forget booking in for a body scrub or facial. Check in for a weekend at  Kiama beach at the Kiama Coast Holiday Parks, instead. The ocean is one of the best tools to help firm and tone your skin. The cold water will give your blood circulation a boost and help reduce water retention. It will also help to improve your complexion, with the salt and sand acting as natural exfoliants. Bypass your pedicure and opt for a walk along the beach, or mix in some sand with your sunscreen for an instant body scrub.

Whatever your water sport preferences may be, getting into the ocean and moving can be an excellent way to exercise. And it will rarely ever feel like hard work. Consider changing it up and trying out a new activity on your break. Hire a surfboard and enlist a local for a lesson, or head out on a flat day on a stand-up paddleboard. You don’t have to wait until the warmer months, either. Hire a wetsuit and splash around in insulated comfort.

When done the right way, with your good pals SPF and protective clothing, exposure to the sun can uplift your emotional and physical wellbeing. A small dose will top up your vitamin D and serotonin levels, and has even been found to heal blemishes and make your hair and fingernails grow faster and stronger.

It’s likely your eating habits will gravitate towards ocean catches during your break in Kiama,which is excellent news for your health. Seafood dishes – and we’re not talking the fried options here – are not only good for your waistline, but also your heart. Opt for oily fish like tuna and salmon for omega-3 fatty acids and shellfish for a boost of zinc. Add a salad for extra points with your nutritionist.