Travelling as Self-Healing

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Travelling as Self-Healing

Is your work stressful? Do you feel bored at home? Or just want to hit a pause button on your tedious schedule?

Going on a vacation might be a solution for you!

Our lives can often be constantly busy and sometimes we may feel that we are living each day on repeat. Taking a break from your daily chores and having a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, can work wonders to your mental and emotional state. There is an immense amount of power in having something to look forward to when it comes to balancing your mental health in everyday life.

Wandering and travelling has been a necessity throughout human history. It disrupts the routine and introduces novelty to the brain which improves cognition and helps reactivate reward circuits. Travel is a very healthy expression of a person's need to escape, experience radically different things than their day to day life can offer them and create memories for a lifetime.

It has the ability to expand our mind in a way we never realised was possible. By travelling and interacting with the world around, one can find new passion and purpose for life. Facing difficulties in an unfamiliar environment, among new people forces one to learn and adapt a life that is out of comfort zone. The more challenges one faces during travelling, the better one get at overcoming them, eventually becoming more resilient, mentally and emotionally grown up.

Experimental travelling simply re-evaluate and reinvent one's life. Whether it is a sightseeing or clicking pictures or just exploring a destination by foot, travelling reduces stress majorly. It has the ability to expand the mind in ways we never realised was possible.

Studies have shown that people are at their happiest when they have vacation planned because they expect to have positive experience. Having a vacation planned can lead to a more positive outlook on your health and general quality of life.

People also use travelling as a form of escape from their daily hectic problems. Being distracted from those stresses and commitments of daily living is vital, so that, you can have that personal check in, to ensure that you are still on track with what you consider a happy and meaningful life. Traveling is not always about seeing new places, but rather escaping the old ones which may have a negative impact on our lives. Taking a break from daily hustle and bustle is essential for a person's mind to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. It promotes happiness and helps to take your mind off stressful situations.

Exploring new places can also give you a fresh start if you are recovering from a major transition in your life. Travelling gives you the opportunity to step away from the daily grind, allows you to come back home with a broader view of the world and leave you feeling absolutely empowered.

The new events and experience help rewire your brain, hence boosting your mood and self-confidence. People find purpose of life and experience self-growth while they are travelling as it gives them first hand experience of new people and new places.

According to psychological research humans are curious by nature, and travel lends itself to new experiences to grow. Experiences are precious to us and collecting them can be revitalising. For some people spending money on experiences make them happier than spending money on material goods. And, because so many of us are getting out there and exploring different places, hearing each other’s stories can fuel the desire even more.

When you grow old and look back at your life, you will realise how much you have learned from all those traveling experiences. All these classic traveling experiences can seem daunting at first, but one realises just how good they have been for oneself when they find a small problem in their day to day situations much easier to handle than before.

Stepping out of the comfort zone now and again is vital for personal development. By being stretched in different ways we learn about who we are and it strengthens the ‘openness’ dimension of our personality. It also gives us a chance to feel proud of ourselves for achieving something out of the ordinary and makes one modest by seeing what a tiny place he or she occupies in this large universe. The new adaptation and development in our personality helps us in improving our emotional stability by being less emotionally reactive to day-today challenges. Since our brain is sensitive to changes, new environments and experiences, traveling also impacts are creative ability and broadens are perspective towards life. Having a creative outlook is a great way to practice mindfulness.

Traveling is all about inserting something new and exciting into your life, trying to learn from the experience and implement the learning into your day to day workings for a peaceful, exciting and a much happier life.

Traveling does not have to mean a month-long vacation in a foreign country or to an exotic place for that matter. Even going on a trip for a few days to the nearby place can help putting you in a more relaxed state of mind. If going on a trip to somewhere far seems like a lot of effort and time consuming, one can always take a short break and be a tourist in his or her own city as it acts like a circuit breaker and gets you out of the cycle of work and stress.

We are designed to thrive and in order to do that, growth is necessary. It's very hard to grow if you don't step outside of your comfort zone now and again. So, on a purely superficial level, it's just a great way to recharge our batteries and have a bit of fun. Travel is also an endless source of inspiration, which can be emotionally healing in its own way, help to get out of the ‘mental blocks’, untangle the knots in your head and restore sanity. That’s why travelling is considered as a form of self-healing.

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Monica Grover
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