Life often sucks, and there is pretty much nothing you can do about it. There are pressures everywhere that keep the anxiety and depression levels at its worst. Sometimes, you find a way to reduce and get rid of it. But most of the times, you snuck up in bed and wished everything would turn back the way it used to. With all the negativity from particular situations you can’t handle, I know you always want to attain peace. Good thing that is possible through traveling. And here are the reasons why your therapist would choose to recommend it.
It Improves Problem-Solving Abilities
When facing challenges at home, there is a certain level of familiarity. There are people everywhere that you can run to as well as available resources around that you can use. There are things that you are comfortable with. However, when traveling, you face challenges differently. Although you feel that there is this similar magnitude of your struggle, you are in a situation where you don’t have that kind of familiarity. Some things put you outside your comfort zone. These include the place, people, and available resources. With that, you become aware of your skills and capabilities. You become more focused on finding solutions on your own. You become mentally aware. As told by Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP “Upon returning from vacation, workers are often more focused and productive. Studies have found that chronic stress can actually modulate a part of the brain that inhibits goal-directed activity and can cause problems with memory. Time off can tune up a well-functioning brain.”
It Builds Confidence In Your Independence
Anxiety stems from the idea of losing something you rely on. There is this fear that you might not accomplish certain things because you think your effort won’t be enough. That is in case you work on your problems alone. But when traveling, there is this sense of independence. Meaning, there is a chance that you will be able to recognize the challenges and solve your way through them. You gain emotional intelligence as well as mental strength from doing things without the help of anybody. That is because you only decide for yourself and you don’t think about other things aside from what’s currently in front of you. You get to experience less fear and more confidence in your independence.
It Opens Up More Opportunities
“Major life transitions can bring up a lot past memories, increase anxiety, disorder eating and body image, and even though it’s “the happiest time of your life”, depression and other mental health symptoms are known to flare up.” Brie Shelly, MS, LMHC, RYT said. Traveling promotes emotional and mental health benefits in a lot of ways. Sometimes, it even opens up opportunities. These include travel events and ultimate experience from the things you would never have thought before, or you would never believe you would do. It makes you excellently see things. From that, you begin to realize that there are so many things you want to achieve in life. Sometimes it could be the idea of improving your skills and talents. It can also be the goal of exploring different places. It could be because you want to meet new people. Or you want to learn new things from your traveling experience. Whatever your reasons are for traveling, you will still end up gaining something from it each time you take a step in embarking on a journey.
It Renews Your Sense Of Living
Traveling is a great way to gain renewed focus and motivation. From meeting all different people along the way to connecting with them emotionally, it can only tell you one thing. Your life is about to become satisfying. With all the explorations you are making, and all the things you do that you thought you couldn’t, all of it are worth it. The learning you get from the challenges you face is going to take you to achieve the best version of yourself. It renews your sense of living. Traveling allows you to come back to your mindfulness and realize that there is more to life than negativity. It helps you to not only focus on things around you but as well look at things that are beyond your reach. Traveling enables you to appreciate life more than anything in the world. “Authentic happiness is relating to the entire universe. When someone relates and leaves nothing out, you can see it in the face and posture. There is a presence about a truly happy person, a look that says “Yes,” to oneself, to others, and to the world.” Andrea F. Polard, PsyD said.
There are many benefits to traveling as we speak. Some create minor changes in you, while others imprint a lasting life-changing lesson. There is the emphasis on life reassessment where you will realize the need of doing something else instead of sticking with nonsense issues daily. Traveling allows you to reach out to yourself so you can view it as part of the world.