A lot of people wouldn’t know this, but there is in fact scientific evidence to show a correlation between travelling and mental well-being. It’s known as the healthiest form of addiction and is definitely beneficial for most people. However, it’s not to say that travelling can’t be stressful without the correct planning and budgeting. If done correctly, travelling will help reduce stress, improve mood and increase creativity.
So why are we writing this article? We are not medical professionals nor are we psychologists, but what we do have is real life experience. Sometimes living through the issue and knowing first-hand how to deal with it can be much more effective than being told from a piece of paper what your issues are and how to fix them. Travelling can provide a sense of adventure, new experiences and opportunities to meet new people, as well as helping you gain perspective and broadening your horizons. For example, we started travelling after a difficult time in the 'lockdown' and needed some positivity...we haven't looked back since! It has opened new paths and created so many opportunities; and most importantly, our mental well-being has massively benefited from travelling.
Here are 5 why travelling is important for mental well-being:
1. Reduces stress
One of the primary benefits of travelling is it's ability to help you reduce stress. When you're away from home, you are able to have a break from your '9-5' routine and leave the stresses of everyday life behind you. It's important to be able to disconnect from daily stresses such as work, family and other responsibilities and focus on relaxing and rejuvenating. Improving your mood by providing a sense of adventure and excitement can be great for your mental health.
2. Increases creativity
Travelling can increase creativity by exposing you to new experiences and surroundings. It can also provide inspiration and new perspectives. If you're an avid Social Media user, then post your journey. Get creative with videos, photographs and captions, share your journey and inspire others. Perhaps one person could see your video, then you could inspire them to change their life for the better.
3. Learn about different cultures
Travelling can help you learn about different cultures and ways of life. It can also lead to personal growth and a greater understanding of the world, which can help you appreciate the things you have in life and feel more grateful for what you have been given. Culture can provide you with strength and a sense of belonging, so learning about other cultures during travelling can be enlightening and inspirational.
4. It brings a sense of Freedom
Sometimes every day life can leave you feeling trapped, which is a normal feeling. However when travelling it brings you a sense of fulfillment and excitement, which would definitely have a positive effect on your mind. Plan your vacation before hand with an in-depth itinerary, hotels and transport, then leave all your stresses behind and explore the world!
5. It's fun!
Who said travelling isn't fun? No-one! Whether you're exploring a new city, relaxing on a beach or trying local cuisine, travelling can be a fun and provide a wealth of new experiences and memories. Once you go on your first vacation, then you will not want to stop! We all know that travelling can be expensive hence why we can't do it every day of the week, but if you pay a visit to our Travel & Earn section then you will see that there are plenty of steps you can take to earn some cash whilst you are on holiday.
Just remember: Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Don't ever worry about what others may think about you or what you are doing. If you feel lonely, then reach out to someone. If you feel scared, then remember you are strong. And if you feel inspired, then it's your time to achieve greatness. There's no denying that talking about Mental Health can be difficult, but don't be afraid to talk to someone as this really can make a difference.
Please don't hesitate to use these contacts if you're in crisis and need help with your Mental Health.
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