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.
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.
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?