Did you know that most 10- to 25-year-old Gen Zs have a screen time of 9 hours daily, on average? This stats goes to show that kids nowadays are interacting more with their devices than people in real life. But is there an alternative that’s entertaining and engaging enough for the younger generation?
The answer is in Mother Nature. Spending time in nature is critical for mental wellness as it restores the brain’s ability to focus and regulate our moods. However, not everyone has the luxury of taking nature trips frequently. But thanks to quarantine, we’ve learned ingenious ways of taking the outdoors indoors.
For most people, gardening or keeping house plants is the most convenient and practical way to touch base with nature. But for others, there’s no better way to recreate a piece of nature than in an aquarium, a custom-made aquarium to enjoy anytime, right in the comforts of their own homes.
In addition, the interactions between humans and aquarium fish generally require minimal physical contact. As such, people who are at risk for allergies associated with cats or dogs will find aquarium fish more conducive as pets. For sure, aquarium fish provide stress relief and require less maintenance.
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Calming & Stress-Reducing
There’s something calming and soothing about staring into an aquarium. If you’ve ever spent some time just staring at an aquarium with its vibrant and vivid inhabitants, then you’d know what a hypnotic experience it can be.
And it’s not just in our heads, it’s been proven that watching a fish tank teeming with life keeps us calm and stress-free. In fact, studies prove that watching an aquarium steadies the heart rate and blood pressure and lowers stress levels significantly.
Moreover, research shows that people suffering from Alzheimer’s benefit from being exposed to aquariums, especially those with eye-catching colors. A significant decrease in negative behavior was noted in Alzheimer’s patients, including aggression and restlessness.
One scientific study actually found that having an aquarium in dental clinics “decreased pain felt during procedures.” No wonder, aquariums can be found in many waiting rooms and reception areas — not just for aesthetic purposes but also therapeutic.
Beneficial To Children
The same way with cats, dogs, or any other pet, kids learn self-discipline, compassion, and empathy when they take care of their aquatic friends. Maintaining an aquarium is a lesson in responsibility as they would really have to be emotionally invested in the task of keeping their fish alive.
In time, children slowly build up the patience and commitment that it takes for their aquarium to thrive. Essentially, as the fish grows, so does the child’s journey into maturity. Having an aquarium impacts positively on how they develop a deeper sense of appreciation and respect for nature.
Additionally, the aquarium’s calming effect can help children who are inclined to be hyperactive or restless. What’s more, it’s been proven that aquariums placed in bedrooms improve children’s sleep patterns, making them (and their parents) more likely to enjoy a full night of restful sleep.
If you want your kids to be more interested in nature, an aquarium is a good place to start. And you can keep them interested by giving them responsibilities, like feeding the fish or cleaning the tank, which can even be a fun family activity on the weekend.
Helps Cut Down Screen Time
According to Comparitech, in the US alone, people spend an average screen time of 7 hours and 4 minutes on any given day, mostly playing video games and going on social media. We also spend considerable time watching streaming TV or videos, chatting, and browsing.
Everybody knows that spending excessive time on our devices causes a host of problems that include eye strain, migraine, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome…and that’s just the physical effects. It’s also affecting our mental well-being, contributing to anxiety, depression, and attention deficiency.
The New York Post reports that children who get too much screen time tend to have little eye contact with other people, and a limited range of facial expressions. In other words, by interacting mostly with devices instead of real people, kids become socially awkward and aloof.
So why not give yourself (or your kids) an alternative “screen” on which to focus your attention? A bespoke aquarium, whether it’s a freshwater or saltwater, is a sight to behold — a living, breathing underwater world teeming with life. An aquarium is also a great way to keep kids curious.
As a bonus, custom-made aquariums are great interior design elements and surefire conversation starters in any home or business establishment. Imagine the wow factor of an aquarium that’s also a living room center table, while helping us to relax, re-focus, and recharge.
Ready For Your First Custom Aquarium?
If you’ve always wanted an aquarium but aren’t sure if you can handle it, then it’s best to consult a professional. This way, you won’t end up with a high fish mortality on your hands. With a custom aquarium, you won’t have to stress over the many details that go into a setup.
At Creative Coral Design, we believe that beautiful and functional aquariums should be accessible to all. That’s why we offer premium, exhibit-level artificial coral and reef inserts at not-so-premium prices. We pride ourselves with products with impeccable quality, which is a testament to our exacting standards.
We are an aquarium design and artificial coral and reef fabrication company with more than 40 years of experience under our belt. We offer custom residential and commercial aquarium design services, , with a small and tight-knit all-star team of aquarium experts and passionate makers.
What’s more, we produce artificial reef systems with a modular design, making it absolutely hassle-free to build an amazing habitat for your marine life. It also allows you to update, modify, and expand your aquarium decorations instantly!
Now you can recreate the beauty of nature with our meticulously handcrafted lifelike artificial corals, grasses, and reef inserts. We use real coral skeletons to create our molds, then hand-trim each piece for incredible realism and function. Here’s why you can trust us with your big ideas for your custom tanks.