Almost everyone enjoys a nice vacation to the beach every now and then. But did you know that traveling can actually help improve your mental health? Think about it, when you travel away from home it allows you to leave all your worries and anxiety behind and just enjoy yourself. You can do what you want to do and be who you want to be, with absolutely no strings attached. Now that’s some serious stress relief if you ask me.
Switching it up can feel great:
Sometimes we may also need some time away from our everyday friends and even our family. Although we may love these people, being around the same influences for too long without a break can cause us to see the world from a limited perspective. Even know meeting new people can be tough, expanding our friend network can be one of the best ways to make a change in life.
This is one of the main reasons that travel is so good for us. It brings the much-needed change that we all sometimes need whether we know it or not. Some of the most depressed people I’ve ever met all seemed to have the same thing in common: they stayed playing with their computers/smartphones way too much. Although all this new technology can be great, it can also be destructive if we don’t use it with some moderation.
Traveling can also give us an unusual sense of liberation from all the rules and restrictions we find in our normal daily lives. There’s something so invigorating about just leaving the house not going where you’re gonna go or even when you’ll return. We can do whatever we want, whenever we want, and we don’t have to worry about our plans conflicting with something.
If you think about it, our ancient ancestors did not have a lot of these crazy stressors that we deal with in modern times. There was no rush to get the kids to the babysitter’s, or to take out the garbage, or to go and get the groceries. Sometimes all these things may seem like a convenient, but after a while, all the work we do can lead to some serious stress.
A change in scenery
Not only does travel help refresh out mentalities, but it also can give us a change of scenery. Think about all the beautiful places out there that you have not yet visited, The Bahamas, The Grand Canyon, Europe, or maybe you’ve always dreamed of going to Disney World since you were a kid but your parents never had the money. Going to new places really helps remind us that there’s a lot more out there than just what we see in our daily lives. The possibilities are truly endless.
Traveling can clearly be one of the best types of therapy available to us. So next time you’re in a rut, instead of reaching for the prescription bottle, consider taking a nice little vacation instead. You never know what sort of change it could bring in your life.