“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
What’s the first thing that would come into one’s mind after hearing the word ‘travel’?
Vacation? Adventure? Fun? Meeting new people? But there’s so much beyond just these basic things.
Traveling is a way of life which can make you forget a lot of things you are experiencing and instead give you new experiences of life and then learn from them. It makes you modest and lets you know how little space do you occupy in this world. It’s not the destination that matters but the journey, because it is what gives you adventure, experience, and understanding of how to make things work out when they start to go contrary to your expectations. The various facets of travel, especially those involving immersing yourself in another culture, can be extremely beneficial to mental and emotional well-being.
Our mental concerns are very important for us to lead our lives happily. But, sometimes there are situations that lead us to the opposite of it. Make us confined to our places, make us live like a pessimist. This can lead to issues of anxiety and depression and if you do not want an external treatment, treat yourself instead and take a break from your monotonous life.
The Boon of Traveling
Traveling can be very beneficial for one’s physical as well as mental health. There are not many medicines that can give such relief to one’s soul.
1. Acts as a stress buster :
"The stress of work and daily demands can distract us from what we find to be actually meaningful and interesting," says Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg, a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist. Work stress and anxiety are very normal to occur in our daily lives. But too much of stress eventually leads to unstable minds and bad decisions and takes away our will to work. It can make you feel low and guilty or undeserving of nice things. When you travel such negative thoughts slowly slip out of your mind. You will understand that the world is not just confined only to the small workplace of yours. It opens up your mind to several other things relieving you of your stress and might as well sometimes give you the solutions to your problems.
2. Helps Boosting Confidence :
The one sure thing that you are going to get out of traveling solo is a raised up self-esteem and your confidence. It refreshes your sense of independence. It will make you understand that you are the only thing that you need and with that mind of yours you can achieve anything. To be honest, traveling isn’t easy. You don’t know the places, the ways, the hotels, the food, the roads. It’s all about taking new risks every day out of your comfort zone. But, you do that already every day, isn’t it? Some risks will be worth and the others will give you experience and morals of their own. It will eventually help you realize that you will never know everything and always have to figure out things for yourself.
3. Helps to be physically fit :
Staying fit and healthy physically definitely has an impact on staying fit mentally. As long as you are enthusiastic and energetic enough to work, you will always find a way with enables you to keep a stable mind. Travelling encourages you to do so and offers ample opportunities to get active. Whether you enjoy swimming in the sea or going on a trek in the mountains or embracing a new destination, all of it requires active physical presence which eventually leads to improving and boosting your energy levels.
4. Enhances creativity :
When a person steps out of his comfort zone, travels, and discovers new places he gets to see new things. All those new things make a person see different perspectives of things and reveal a world of possibilities beyond his bubble. This eventually gives space to the mind to properly consider and analyze the things the brain is trying to tell. When you see things differently, your mind thinks differently. You never know what might become your inspiration for something new. This observance increases the creative sense of the mind. This creativity might become a distraction for the person going to depression or anxiety.
All in all mental health stability is the balance of stress and freshness of one’s mind. Taking breaks reduces the burden of long term stress and makes one think faster and better and fewer hopes of giving up everything at the same time.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
The Bane of Travelling
Like everything has pros, it also has cons. As much as traveling is beneficial for physical and mental health it can sometimes turn out to be the opposite as well. It’s nothing to be frightened of. Sometimes travel is fun, but the excess of everything is bad, so it can be stressful as well. If you’re traveling too much, it makes you more tired instead of refreshing your mind. Sometimes you need to take a break from a break as well. It might just turn out well for your emotional well- being. Balanced between work and break and vacations, all-inclusive of traveling is exactly what everybody needs even a person who currently is not in a better state of mind.
If such a person travels too much, he’s doing nothing but running from the reality which he one day has to face come-what-may. Running is never a solution but taking a break is, and both these things are totally different from one another. Whereas one gives you your strength back, the other just pulls it away more and more.
If a person has a serious mental health history, traveling might not always turn out good for him. In such cases, it's best to seek medical advice prior to travel. During the travel, try to eat properly and exercise daily to avoid your travel steer you off course with your treatment or make you exhausted instead. Care is always better than a cure.