Depression and anxiety are hard to overcome. When you’re in a rough spot, you will often try anything you can to make it go away. Be that talking to someone, distracting yourself with another task or the less recommended drink to forget strategy.
In truth, sometimes all we need is to find our “happy place”, a change of scenery and somewhere to connect with ourselves and nature. It’s amazing what this can do for your mental health.
For me, there are two places; Hull Marina and The Deep.
Hull as a city has long standing fame for its marine culture. Before there was the marina, before Princes Quay Shopping Centre, there was the Humber Docks and Railway Docks. Our historic docks stood for hundreds of years, before being replaced in 1983 by what we have today.
The Marina can hold up to 270 boats and is situated near the city centre, with various independent shops, pubs, museums and sites to see. It’s a truly beautiful place.
Perhaps my favourite of the two though, is The Deep. Opening in 2002, and only a stone’s throw away from the Marina on “Sammy’s Point”, The Deep is the world’s only submarium.
Admittedly this required a bit of Google work from myself, but it is boasted as such due to it being partly underwater. I asked The Deep on Twitter, just how “deep” actually is the submarium? They replied that whilst the building is above sea level, the main exhibit is 10 metres (32 feet) below the sea.
Whilst I do love going round the exhibits as well (and could quite happily be in there all day), the place I like to be the most, is sat outside of it watching the water.
At any time of the day, regardless of tide or weather, I can enjoy sitting on those rocks and looking out into the Humber Estuary. The sounds, the sights, the feeling of pure bliss. It’s a magical place to be. Throughout lockdown I found myself going there to meditate and connect with myself again.
Across the water you can see the distant outline of places like Barton-upon-Humber and New Holland. To the left you have King George Docks, where the ferries live. In the distance to the left, you can see the ferry route that leads to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. I often think about my brief trip to Netherlands and how much I’d like to go back.
Where the scene really comes to life is when the sun sets. This leads to some amazing visuals for me to capture in photograph form. If I’m lucky, I’ll catch a splashing wave, a trawler/barge, or even some wildlife.
It may not seem like much, but to me these are my happy places. Whether it be on a paddle board doing yoga, swimming in a pool or taking a shower, nothing makes me happier than being near water. Hull Marina and The Deep though, they’re something else. They feel special and allow my mind to reset and be at ease.
Post by Michael Sallabank