Here are 7 reasons why we all should consider jetting off to some place soon to improve our well-being and boost our happiness levels.
There's every reason to book your dream holiday
To mark World Mental Health Day yesterday, an important day in raising awareness on mental health issues and defeating the social stigma surrounding them, we've compiled together 7 reasons why travelling is beneficial for your well-being.
Travelling has been proven to massively reduce stress levels and boost mental health. By pulling yourself out from your daily routine and jetting off somewhere new, both your body and brain effectively reset themselves, resulting in significantly lower stress levels. Travel also gives you a much needed break from sitting at a desk all day and even more simple and mundane tasks like reading and replying to all your emails on time, daily grocery shopping, doing the laundry and the dishes, waiting for the bus or train everyday and working out what time you need to wake up. All these daily stresses add up without us even realising. Yet when your brain is switched into vacation mode, you'll have the space to think, decompress, and do things at your own pace.
You can even feel a boost of happiness beforehand whilst planning your trip - having something to look forward to, even if it's months away, is a similar feeling to an adrenaline rush. Arriving back home after your trip, your outlook on a whole will be a lot more positive too and you'll be more prepared to deal with whatever life decides to throw at you.
Although it's true that travelling comes with its own set of stresses and exploring new and foreign countries is challenging for even the most confident among us, you'll find that facing these kinds of problems and adventures head on will quickly build up your resilience and mental strength. Actively pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and engaging in a new culture, language and customs will significantly boost your confidence and your ability to adapt to new situations. What's more, you'll be able to carry your newfound confidence and coping strategies that you have developed into everyday life back home.
New trip, new you
As writer Patrick Rothfuss once wrote, "A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet." Using this logic, it's clear that travelling is an amazing opportunity for you to reevaluate and even reinvent yourself. Maybe whilst travelling you will discover a place or culture that you fall in love with or maybe travelling will just give you the chance to clear your head and enable you to view things slightly differently. Seeing how people from other cultures live from around the world can also force you to challenge some of your own assumptions and ultimately change your perspective on the world. Although we must admit that the idea of discovering yourself whilst travelling sounds a lot like a cliche, it has been proven by numerous psychologists that those who travel have epiphanies whilst on the road as they are able to observe their problems from a much more removed and detached viewpoint.
Nature is best
Sometimes it's necessary to escape busy and stressful city life once in a while - seeing the same faces in the same places day in day out can get quite tiring! Getting out into nature among the trees and blue skies is a great way to recharge your batteries and have a breather. Better yet, if you find a spot where there is no WiFi, you'll find it a lot easier to log out of your social media and stop yourself from endlessly scrolling through Facebook or mindlessy checking Twitter and Instagram every 10 seconds. Social media has its positives, of course, but it's always nice to have a bit of a break from the internet and have a digital detox every once in awhile. Having no distractions also means you can truly appreciate and enjoy the here and now.