Rest and relaxation

Rest and relaxation

Can travelling improve your well-being?

No matter where you are in your life’s journey, you will most likely encounter some challenges. Whether they are big or small, the trick is to find a way to deal with these bumps in the road so that they don’t cause you to crash and burn. While there are many different coping mechanisms to help get you through hard times, travel is an excellent way to improve both your mental and physical health. Let’s take a closer look at how travel can help your well-being.

A Little ‘R and R’

Working all the time isn’t healthy, and taking holidays have been cited as ways to not only help you relax, but also as a way to increase your productivity when you return to work afterward. Not only that, but you can also boost your well-being through little luxuries and pampering. After all, who wouldn’t feel good after a week on a private beach at a marmaris hotel? That sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

Opportunities for exercise

Being in a new place is often an excellent excuse to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. Visiting new places like mountains, jungle, desert, or any interesting landscape will provide an incentive to explore, but even being in a different city and site-seeing will most likely give you more time walking around. And while we all know the health benefits of exercise, but being in a new place with different things to see will make it more fun.

Machu Pichu, Peru, experience something new and exciting

Machu Pichu, Peru, experience something new and exciting

Changing it up

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and the repetitive schedule alone can cause stress. Travelling gives you a way to break out of your routine. Instead of getting up at six in the morning to catch your train to work, you could be pedaling a bicycle through the countryside in Indonesia, visiting a museum in Paris, or sitting down to a Japanese tea ceremony. Being around new and interesting things will help you break out of your boring routine and perhaps give you ideas to change it up when you return.

New ways to use your brain

If you decide to learn a new language, there have been numerous studies that link learning a second language with increased memory and reduced risk of memory-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Even just attempting to make yourself understood in another language, or learning just a few phrases, will stretch your mental muscles and also help you have a richer understanding of the place you are visiting.

Live in the moment

Many of us spend time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. But when you travel, it forces you to focus on your surroundings. There is something very zen about focusing on these immediate things, and suddenly your problems at home don’t seem so overpowering.

Find yourself

While travel can be fun, there are aspects of it that can be challenging as well. However, these challenges can bring out new sides of your personality, or even reveal a whole new side of yourself. As you discover new parts of yourself, the more comfortable you will be in your own skin. That itself is happiness in a nutshell!

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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