Our Backyard – Anglesea

We are heading into that time of year when we start to get run down, cold and flu season is upon us! Next week we are all getting our flu shots because in this business like most of us, not only can we not afford to get sick, no one ever wants to spend precious time feeling unwell at home! There is also this whole light deprivation that goes on in the colder / winter months of year that can also mess with our mind and vibe.

When I was considering a move from the Melbourne market to the coast, I rented a house in Anglesea so that I could come down and ‘try it on’ as an area. I chose Anglesea because of the beauty, bush and beach first and foremost, but of course secondary to that, the one and half hour drive meant I could literally come down just for the night if I needed an escape. Long late days and nights working in Brighton real estate, struggling with traffic and the hectic pace of my world resulted in those times that I did come down, being very therapeutic to my overall being and state of mind. I was chatting to a buyer this week, that literally said one of her main reasons for wanting to secure a beach house was to deliver this feeling of peace she felt was incredibly important for her health.

As my trips became more regular, one Sunday afternoon I sat on the back beach at Guvvos and I started to feel anxious and sick at the thought of having to head back to Melbourne after feeling such peace, I knew at that very moment I need to make a dramatic change to my life. I am a huge believer of what you put out to the universe once you have clarity is delivered, particularly if you are so clear with your intentions. In my circumstance from that day, exactly 4 weeks later I secured a role with Great Ocean Road Real Estate and as they say the rest is history. It was the best move of my life. So what is it about the coast that physically makes us feel better apart from being surrounded by beauty and no traffic!

Scientists say it’s all about ions, or, more specifically, negative ions. Ions are charged particles in the air; some are charged negatively, and some are charged positively. Negative ions, put in non-scientific terms, are basically oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced through water molecules, which is why they are in such beautifully abundant supply near fresh, flowing water supplies such as rivers, streams, seas and waterfalls. This also explains how refreshing it can be to have a have a shower, swim or take a bath when we are feeling fatigued.

But these negative ions, in plentiful supply in natural settings, are dangerously low in the average air-conditioned office, over-heated home or stuffy car. The air around waterfalls, for example, can contain anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre. Compare this number to a stuffy car or office, which can contain zero to, at most, a few hundred per cubic centimetre.

The old adage: “You need some fresh air”, the negative ions abundant in most natural settings also have a pronounced anti-depressant effect, putting outdoor exercise a significant step above air-conditioned gym time.

If you’re feeling flat, tired or run down, then I can prescribe a walk along the beach and fresh salty air. If you want to feel completely uplifted then come and have a look through our fantastic new listings. We have some excellent stock that will provide a lifetime of health benefits!

Have a great weekend, look forward to seeing you at the open for inspections and private appointments.

Kind Regards






Kellie Saddington

Branch Manager

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