How Travelling Helps Your Mental Health

Travelling is a true means of catharsis for your mind. A change is often needed in our lives when we feel suffocated and pushed to our limits by our regular office jobs. In those times, it becomes imperative for us to take a short trip, to rejuvenate our senses and grab that much-needed break from the monotony of urban life. Research has proven time and again, that in various cases of struggle, people can often do well just by removing themselves from the situation that plagues them. Whether it be the trio from Dil Chahta Hai and their trip to Goa or the trio from Zindagi Nah Milegi Dobara who venture to Spain---we can all agree we have given it a thought that a week long vacation with friends, family or maybe just by ourselves actually sounds like a good idea!

Travelling is one of the best remedies for the struggles of your mind. Having a hard time at home? Take a road trip. Just broke up with your partner over the phone? Take some time, see some places, heal yourself. Plagued by your routine office work? Grab your best friend and venture to some unknown place to discover your inner voice. There are definitive aspects of travelling that help with a person’s mental wellness and we are going to check them out in this article---

Travelling to New Places

Sometimes seeing the same dreary buildings, driving the same roads through the bedlam of the same traffic jams— generally going through the same routine — can put someone in a rut. New events and activities, some hair-raising adventures or maybe just a simple change of scenery can boost a person’s mood and self-confidence.

Meeting New People

Networking is never a bad decision—meeting new people, striking conversation with strangers, as frightening and “embarrassing” as they might sound, actually help you gain an insight to life that reading big, heavy books by philosophers won’t.

Getting out of your imaginary headspace, letting people in, demolishing those invisible walls that you have built around yourself can help you make new friends and on top of that, new memories with them. Dale Carnegie once said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” So you see, when we travel to new places, the people there, with their own cultures, their own languages intrigue us, and then we go forth to get to know them better and in that way, we socialise with strangers and make friends in the process.

As Tiffany Devereaux explains on Huffington Post, “Part of my anxiety causes me to put a lot of stake into what other people think. I worry about things I’ve said or didn’t say. I worry about offending or upsetting people, I find myself explaining myself a lot.” But meeting new people helps us get a chance to let go of anxieties or worries about the perceptions of others.

The Anticipation Before the Trip

The days, maybe even weeks, leading up to a trip can be exciting. I remember reading Jerome K. Jerome’s book called Three Men on a Boat where three friends take a boat trip. The story is sprinkled with funny incidents but one of the best is definitely the part where they start packing for the journey. Planning where to go, where to stay, what to eat and things to do can provide a therapeutic exercise to take one’s mind off of their daily monotonous jobs and provide that much-longed-for relief.

Having something to look forward to will definitely give your mind a sense of purpose and positivity that will surely help in its well-being.

The Passive Happiness

Does it take a lot to admit to yourself that you have dreamt of sitting passively, enjoying the sun on your skin while sipping lemonade by the shores of a sea beach, probably million times in your life? The plane rides, the pristine white sheets at the hotel room, the window-shopping while walking through the downtown streets of a new city all of these activities spell relaxation, literally! Finding some me-time, oblivious to life’s hardships is the best way to refresh your mental health before going back to your daily routine.

A Good Night’s Sleep

The endless assignments, colossal office work and never-ending phone calls from your boss at 6 A.M. in the morning never really let you sleep peacefully for a respectable amount of time. Scientists have claimed that eight hours of sleep is necessary for an adult to perform efficiently but researches show that India is the second-most sleep deprived nation after Japan. When you go on a trip, the sight-seeing takes up so much of your time and energy, that at night, when you go to bed, you get a nice, deep sleep that your body simply craves!

The Sumptuous Meals

Most of us are so busy that if we get to have a piece of bread with cheese on it before rushing to office, we consider ourselves lucky. But imagine travelling to a place and getting to taste all the delicacies that are famous there, having delicious seafood by the seashore or going gaga over Tibetan momos in Sikkim—travelling is incomplete without some truly amazing food! And of course, tasting something new produces a sense of happiness, as has been claimed by many researchers in their studies.

Thus we come to the end of our discussion on why travelling is the panacea to our mental troubles. Taking a break from your regular life, travelling to new places, gaining new experiences are an amazing way to healing your inner self before getting back to work. Always remember this quote by Paulo Coelho—“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” Hope you loved this article and please do comment below on how you think travelling heals one's mind. Share this with your friends and maybe plan a weekend trip together for a much-needed respite!

Author: Riddhi M. is a pre-med student from India who is obsessed with health and fitness. She lives with her five kittens and when she’s not reading thrillers or writing blog posts, you can find her having momos or playing chess online.

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