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Here Are Ways Traveling Can Improve Your Mental Health

Natalie is interested in travel, arts, and literature. She loves discovering new things whilst learning and discovering different culture.

Why You Need to Travel Right Now

A lot of us can feel like we’re stuck in a rut. Most days we’re repeating the same things, mundane tasks and rituals you can do even with your eyes closed. Even if we are content with our lives, there’s no avoiding feeling like there’s no forward progression happening. Ultimately, this will make us feel sad, stressed out, and anxious.

For this reason, a change of scenery may just be the thing we need. Traveling, whether it’s a road trip out of the city or a long-haul flight to a foreign country, can help ease us out of our daily pressures. Here we’ll explore the many ways traveling can improve our health and overall well-being.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

People are happier when they’re anticipating a trip than a purchase

A research in 2002 made by the University of Surrey found that people are happiest when they are waiting to go on a trip. They feel more content with their lives and have a lesser chance of feeling negative or unpleasant. Additionally, they are happier with their family, economic situation, and health as compared to the group that’s not taking a holiday.


Another study in 2014 from Cornell University showed that experiential spending (expenses spent on things to do) make people happier than material spending (expenses spent on things to have). Through questionnaires, sampling study, and an analysis of news stories about people who wait in line to purchase, they found that a lot of consumers find more value in the anticipation. However, the excitement is greater when they’re spending on experiences, like traveling, than for material things.

Stress, Anxiety, Mental Problems

Stress, Anxiety, Mental Problems

Traveling can help manage stress and negative emotions

More often than not, people travel not just to see new places but to get out of where they currently are. Just being in the area where you work or a place that causes you discomfort can already stress you out significantly. Traveling literally takes you away from that and offers change through new people and new experiences. Thus, less stress and less things to worry about.


A study in 2013 by the American Psychological Association can back this up. Their survey on Stress in America found that taking a vacation can help us manage stress and negative emotions by removing ourselves from the cause of it.

Dealing with Stress through Travelling

Dealing with Stress through Travelling

Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and entrepreneurial scientist, in his book titled Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at What You Do says we are more sympathetic towards ourselves and others when we’re vacationing. Even more so when we’re on a trip near water. He says, “Often associated with feelings of awe and wonder, water can boost our empathy and compassion, our connection to ourselves and those we are with, and for many – from musicians like Pharrell Williams to neurologists like Oliver Sacks – it’s a steady source of creativity and insight.”

Travelling is a great way to discover things

Travelling is a great way to discover things

Boosts creativity

An excerpt from The Atlantic article titled For a More Creative Brain, Travel says, “In general, creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is wired. Neural pathways are influenced by environment and habit, meaning they’re also sensitive to change: New sounds, smells, language, tastes, sensations, and sights spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to revitalize the mind.”


According to the study cited in the article, made by Adam Galinsky from the Columbia Business School, this boost in creativity comes from truly immersing yourself and engaging with the local culture. It helps open your mind to new experiences and thus influence your own outlook in life. This is perfect if you’re working in the creative field, whether you’re a writer of books of advertisement copy or a graphic artist.


Considering all of these, it might be time for your to plan your own trip. No matter how simple it is like going to Malaysia and spending a blissful time at a Penang accommodation like Vouk Hotel Suites. Going around the city to look at the street art, and really immersing yourself in the local culture will impact your life positively.


Not a bad activity for self care, right?


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© 2019 Natalie Woods

Comments

Natalie Woods (author) from The World Is My Home... on June 10, 2019:

I totally agree. Travelling offers you a whole new way to self-discovery and challenge yourself to see things in a different light.

Tess from Hawaii on June 07, 2019:

Very nice article! I truly believe traveling is healing. You learn so much about yourself and the world around you!