By Adam Smith
Why Travelling Is Vital For A Strong Mental Health
I want to answer the question of how travel can help build an improved mindset. We are living in an age where technology plays a massive part of our life whether it be work or in our downtime. We can get lost in the mundane day to day of life living off distraction after distraction. Without noticing this can affect our mental health. I’ve noticed in myself and others a change in mood, especially in overall happiness when they spend to much time in one place. Humans are built for adventure and exploring and this is one of the ways to fight back mental health by becoming part of nature once more. Some of the happiest people I know are explorers and keen travellers who can’t get enough of the feeling of adventure.
Why Being In Nature Benefits Us
We are connected to the earth and nature has a big part of what makes us happy. That’s why travelling has to be an important part of your goals and how you live your life whether it be getting away every other weekend or going on yearly adventures around the world. Studies have shown that being In nature reduces anger, fear and stress and increases your positive feelings. As well as emotional it also has physical well-being of reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscles tension and the production of stress hormones. This is why we need to spend more time in nature.
What I Love About It
For me, it gives me great joy to travel. To explore all the wonders of what the world has to offer whether that’s 20 minutes away or travelling around the world. It feels like this is where I belong. Being part of mother nature of how it was intended. It also allows my brain to relax more and my body in-turn becomes a lot more relaxed from the day to day of city life. I admire people who have made travelling their life and maybe one day this can be a huge part of my life too.
Great For Creating New Pathways
Travelling is great for the brain as an exercise. With all the new sights and smells, it amazingly stimulates the brain. Also with or without a map or your phones GPS, exploring new routes enables your brain to form new pathways of your surroundings. It’s like unlocking new parts of the world map in games such as GTA or Fallout.
Even though I haven’t been in a while I remember everywhere I’ve been in Barcelona and Copenhagen and I walk through it in my mind like I’m right there. It also opens your mind to new ways of thinking and understanding.
The news sites you read and society opinion on things allow you to think about things in a certain way. You would think for example all Russians are bad which is far from the case when you meet them, they are one of the most hospital people you could meet. This is what travelling does. It allows growing as a person and breaking down misconceptions.
Doing What We Were Meant To Do
Everything about us is built from the Earth. This is our home and how we engage with it matters. When you walk through a park and hear birds singing, how does it make you feel? For most, it gives us a good feeling.
In the world, there are still a small number of people who still live in the hunter-gathering stage of humanity and they can be some of the happiest people on earth. That’s why life can be at it’s happiest when it’s at it’s simplest. There’s a part of us that’s happy travelling in nature and we should listen to that voice more often.
Opening Our Mind To New Possibilities
Looking for creativity or if you’re at a crossroad in life. Getting away and travelling can help shape new pathways for you to explore. It can also calm your mind to allow the thoughts of what you want to do to seep through. Bill Gates, for example, spend x amount of time each year getting away in nature to think of new ideas and gain clarity on what to do next. This shows how beneficial travelling and being part of nature can open your mind to new ideas and possibilities.
Decreases Stress And Boost Happiness
One of the main benefits of travelling is the way it makes you feel. Why is it that most people don’t want to go back home and travel longer or get the holiday blues on their return? It’s because the feelings you get when your travelling are so profound your mind and body are telling you to continue living like this for its benefits of decreasing stress and boosting happiness. On a recent trip to Malta, I had this exact feeling. So if you are feeling stressed and unhappy, it’s time for you to travel within your country or abroad for an x amount of time that you can.
Resets The Mind
Lastly, travelling allows you to reset your mind and regain focus on what you want. This is a great time to do your monthly, quarterly or yearly goals. It will create a clear mind to keep you on the right path in your life.
Hopefully, I’ve answered the question for you how travel can help build an improved mindset. Of course, there are many benefits for living the way we do in the modern world but there is no doubt that it needs to be balanced with travelling and being apart of nature. With all the stresses of life going on in our lives. Getting back to nature can help solve a lot of problems especially for our mental health. I hope this helps you in any way. Our next adventure will be to Bristol and Bath next. Where is your next adventure taking you? All the best see you in our next post!