While almost everyone feels drawn to the idea of taking some time away from work and getting out of their normal routine, many don’t understand the true role that traveling can play in your mental health. To be the most balanced and content version of yourself, it might be a good idea to make travel a higher priority in your life. To show you why, here are three mental health benefits that can come as result of traveling.
Reduced Stress Levels
Although there are parts of traveling that can produce more stress for a short time—like if you miss your connecting flight or your reservations got mysteriously canceled—traveling in general can actually help to decrease the overall stress levels you feel in your life. According to Larry Alton, a contributor to NBC News, travelers who’ve just returned from spending some time on the road have reported that they feel an overall lower level of stress. This means that they feel less anxiety, more well rested, and simply in a better mood than when they left. These feelings can last for quite a while, until you’re able to plan and go on another trip that will buoy your mental health again.
Improved Relationship With Your Companion
In addition to having less stress within yourself, traveling can also be beneficial to the relationship between yourself and your traveling companion, especially if that person if your romantic partner. According to Hannah Jury, a contributor to PsychCentral.com, spending time traveling together can help couples feel that they have more things in common and more shared goals. Traveling can also reignite any lost romantic spark in your relationship and help you learn to compromise and appreciate each other.
Overall Better Mental Well-Being
After traveling, people in general simply feel an overall improvement in their mental well-being. According to Miriam Kirmayer, a contributor to Connecte Psychology, traveling can help you feel happier not only while you’re on your journey, but also when you return home. The time you spend traveling can help you better cope with any of your normal stresses and help you be prepared to face any challenges head-on and with added vigor. In addition to this, it can also help your body better fight off illness and get more restful sleep, all of which can help you be healthier mentally.
If you’re looking for a way to have improved mental health and overall well-being, consider how taking some time to travel could help you have less stress in your life, have better a better relationship with your romantic partner, and be happier and more content with your life in general after you come home from a great adventure spent away from home.