Mental Health Monday: Benefits of Travel on my Mental Health

This post is all about the benefits of travel personally on my Mental Health. I wrote this as part of Mental Health Monday which is a scheme I created with The Book Moo. Mental Health Monday encourages people to share their stories and I share a few on my page here.

Benefits of travel on my Mental Health

I have been battling depression and anxiety since I was 17, primarily anxiety. It flares up in times of stress and it will never really go away so I am constantly learning how to live with it.

10 Benefits of Travel on my Mental Health

1. It Boosts Your Confidence

2. It Encourages Independence

3. You’re Pushed Out of your Comfort Zone

4. You Have Time Away From What You Have Always Known (away from the same triggers and toxic people, places & potentially thoughts)

5. Different Work Environment

6. Meeting other Travellers (a lot of whom have different life experiences but similar struggles)

7. You Realise How Small You Are

8. There’s a Constant Change in your Routine

9. You Acheive Lots of Mini-Wins as you Prove your Doubts Wrong

10. You Gain Perspective

This being said, it hasn’t cured my anxiety. I have felt anxious while travelling probably just as much here as I did at home. The difference is that it isn’t escalating into a dark place like it has at home. I am constantly learning & evolving and finding new ways to live with my anxiety without it taking over my life. The benefits of travel have affected my mental health in ways I never even imagined was possible. I’m proving myself wrong in the best ways possible every week.

10 ways travel benefits my mental health

This post was part of Mental Health Monday. You can find other mental health posts by myself, The Book Moo & various other authors here.

How has travel impacted your mental health?

10 ways that travel has benefitted my mental health

Bex

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I am a 22 year old teacher from the UK who is currently travelling around Australia on a Working Holiday Visa year.

6 thoughts on “Mental Health Monday: Benefits of Travel on my Mental Health

    Kate

    (September 3, 2018 - 9:53 am)

    There’s three points that particularly resonate with me:
    – confidence boost: I personally think a lot of (my) anxiety resides in an utter lack of self-confidence and every little win is a battle won against anxiety
    – other travellers: I’ve noticed that travellers have so many things to teach us and yet are still yearning to learn from us
    – how small you are: this is something I often think to myself: that I am so anxious because I’m so focused on myself and my problems. I don’t mean that’s everyone’s case, but at least that’s how I perceive what I feel. A kind of self importance that I can’t control. Seeing how small I am in the grand scheme of things helps me put my fears into perspective 🙂

      bexcapades

      (September 3, 2018 - 10:10 am)

      That’s exactly how I feel with the small comment. How vast the world is makes me realise how small I am & how small my problems are. Sometimes I need the physical perspective. When I’m not travelling (and even when I am), I love to see the stars at night & think about how vast the sky is & it brings me a lot of inner peace!

    Shaienna Quinn

    (September 3, 2018 - 7:57 pm)

    Definitely true! I’m starting to travel a lot more and I can’t even begin to tell you how much better my anxiety and mental health has gotten since then.

      bexcapades

      (September 7, 2018 - 10:28 am)

      It’s blown me away just how much better I feel overall, despite missing people from home. I’m glad you’re feeling better too!

    Melissa Weinert

    (September 16, 2018 - 7:34 am)

    It is interesting that you mention different routines each day help with your anxiety and on reflection I realise that you are absolutely right. Having different schedules each day of travelling helps me let go and improves my adaptability. I am in a stressful time at work at the moment and I cannot wait to leave on our upcoming November trip so I can unwind. Mentally and physically.

      bexcapades

      (September 24, 2018 - 10:07 am)

      I know lots of people need routine to help them cope but for me it’s the opposite, changing up routines! I’m glad to hear you’ve got a trip booked! I hope it’s the unwinding that you need!

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