Going places has proven time and again to be capable of healing the heart, the mind, and even the soul. It opens up the individual to new and fresh perspectives. One can spend his time in a place that is not very familiar and yet holds the secret to peace and happiness. Perhaps it is the quietness, the picturesque views of its hidden spots, or the ironic noises of the busy streets and party people that can take one’s mind off of the sadness that fills him. Any therapist or psychologist would agree that traveling is undoubtedly therapeutic. Here are some of the most common reasons why it helps heal the mind and the heart.
Traveling Lifts The Mood. “People need time off from work to recover from stress and prevent burnout.” David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA said. For those who often travel, do you get compliments from family and friends about your ‘vacation glow?’ I do! It’s not actually just the tan lines or the shiny skin from the spas of Malaysia. It’s about the glow they see from the inside, radiating outside. The positivity that you’ve gained by leaving behind the negativity is obvious and visible to anyone who knows you. Vacationing to our favorite destination definitely lifts our mood, eliminates our worries, and reduces the stress that we carry around from our daily challenges. According to astrology, the negative thoughts and behaviors that we have can be transformed into positive ones if we strive to work on these negativities, and this can be done through traveling.
Traveling Encourages You To Be Focus On The Now. When you leave with a broken heart or a depressive state, you tend to leave all these away when you reach your dream destination, and so it forces you to be present at the moment – to live each day for the present and be happy where you are. This is especially true when you happen to travel to a faraway foreign country where you know so little about. You become engrossed at successfully doing the things that tourists do and visiting its popular spots. You are outside of your safe zone and you need to focus on what’s happening right then and there. You get excited about the new adventure – the unfamiliar sounds, people, and of course the food! That’s mostly the reason why people come home more inspired and more knowledgeable after traveling. “Research shows the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning the vacation.” Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP said.
Traveling Gives You More Time To Assess Yourself. If there’s one thing that busy people get when they travel, it’s more time for themselves – something that they can’t usually do when they’re not away from home. Going to places does awaken you and allows you to really evaluate yourself and what you really want out of life. You can include self-assessment as one of your most important goals for travel. You get to challenge yourself and overcome your fears by engaging in adventures that you haven’t done since you were born. If you travel by yourself, it’s a good time to reflect on your dreams and find better ways to achieve them. Also, it wouldn’t be bad at all if you discover that you’re actually not built for thrilling activities like skydiving or bungee jumping, but instead you prefer going on tours and food tasting. That’s not bad at all!
Places Have Souls Too. Sometimes, there’s a place that we haven’t seen yet but we dream about. Perhaps we feel that we connect with this place and we can’t be at peace if we don’t get the chance to visit it. It could be Santorini, Madrid, Iceland, or perhaps just the town next to yours! There are particular destinations that have a space in our hearts that we know can help us heal. It’s because destinations are like medicine or therapy – they have a soul that tries to connect with us and help us heal. India somehow invites you to meditate for healing to occur. In Greece, it may be the architecture. And for Hawaii, it’s the music and the beaches. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” That is according to Richard Shuster, PsyD.
Traveling Fosters Gratitude. Most of us forget how fortunate and blessed we are, and we are faced with a trial we simply get down and depressed. When we get to stay in a new country or city, we realize that not everyone is lucky enough to have a beautiful home, family and friends who love us, and just the mere opportunity to see another part of the world. For most of my travels, I am amazed at the kindness and the welcoming hearts of many strangers and I know that the there’s always something to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.
You and I can believe that happiness is a state of mind that we all have the chance to achieve. And traveling and being grateful for it is one of the ways to imbibe goodness and share it with others as well.