Travelling for better Physical and Mental Health
It's no news that travel is good for your physical wellbeing, but a significant amount of scientific research suggests that exploring a new place can do wonders for your mental and emotional health as well. Here are five evidence-backed ways traveling makes your mind happy and healthy:
1. It’s a great stress buster.
Traveling promotes happiness and helps you take your mind off stressful situations. This leads to lower cortisol levels, making you feel more calm and content. “It also helps us reflect on our personal goals and interests,
2. It allows you to learn how to communicate with strangers.
When you are travelling be it by yourself, with someone else, or in a group you get to interact with new people. You get to meet people from different culture and background. This can broader your view of the world. It can also make you less anxious to talk to the nice next door neighbour who immigrated from Curacao to your country.
3. It boosts happiness and satisfaction.
Apart from the obvious fact that you don't have to go to work (and can legit eat pizza for breakfast), traveling gives you the opportunity to step away from the daily grind. The new events and experiences help rewire your brain, hence boosting your mood and self-confidence.
4. It makes you mentally resilient.
Going and living somewhere where you feel excited and intimidated at the same time can help you toughen up mentally and emotionally. Facing difficulties in an unfamiliar environment, among new people, forces you to learn and adapt to a life that's out of your comfort zone. This makes you more flexible, patient and emotionally strong.
5. It enhances creativity.
According to Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, visiting a foreign place and immersing yourself in their local environment (for instance, attending a 'snake boat' race in southern India or feasting on crispy tarantulas in Cambodia), increases your cognitive flexibility. It also enhances "depth of thought," consequently giving a boost to your creativity.
6. Travelling allows you to shift your perspective.
By taking a break from your daily routine by travelling or going on holiday. You take a break from your daily environment and habits. You get to create new habits and also some distance from your daily life, which means that you can get another look on daily life of things happening in your life.
Now that you’ve finished reading about all the wonderful things travel does to your brain, it’s time to pack your bags and get going!