6 Ways Traveling Can Boost Your Mental Health

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Traveling cannot only teach you a lot about yourself but it can also teach you a lot about your significant other (or travel partner). Yes, traveling cannot only make relationships, but they can also break them too! One of my relationship testers is to always travel internationally with my partner in order to test out whether we make good companions.

4. It increases our happiness.

The effects of travel are not only felt during and after your trip but the anticipation of an upcoming trip can boost your mood. After all, don’t we all look forward to our next vacation? People are at their happiest when they have a vacation planned, a study by the University of Surrey found, and are also more positive about their health, economic situation, and general quality of life.

A study by Cornell University also found that we get more happiness from anticipating a travel experience in comparison to anticipating buying a new possession. It turns out that money can buy you happiness, but just not in the way that many of us expected. I spend most of my extra spending money on traveling as it truly does increase my overall happiness.

Traveling Can Boost Mental Health
Traveling Can Boost Mental Health

5. It provides stress relief.

Traveling allows us to reset our minds and forget about our chores and workload back home and instead; we can focus on the present moment. Having a shortlist of fun daily activities on our travel agenda can offer novelty and change in the form of new people, sights, and experiences.

I find that after I come back from a trip, I am a better daughter, a better friend, a better girlfriend, and a better employee because I was able to break away from my stress-related daily tasks and clear my head and heart.

Related: 20+ Best Meditation Music For Relief From Stress and Anxiety

6. It enhances creativity.

Immersing yourself in a new place with unfamiliar sights and sounds can boost our creativity. Creativity is directly related to neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life), which means our brains are sensitive to change, influenced by new environments and experiences.

By changing our environment we can literally form new neuronal pathways enhancing our creativity. This is probably why I find myself only designing handbags and clothes when I am in foreign countries. I am a creative soul down to my core. I thrive on bright colors, art, music, and writing!

Written By Kristen Fuller  
Originally Appeared in Psychology Today

The more you travel, the more you see the world in all it’s glory. The more you travel, the more you know yourself. Traveling is one of those things that can bring about so many good changes in not just you, but your mindset also and that is probably the most important change. If you want to take better care of your mental health, then make it a point to at least travel once a year.

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