Travel. The very word has an exciting ring to it. All of us look forward to “getting away from it all” at some point and give ourselves a break from the routines of daily life.
But did you know that travel can actually be good for health?
Read on, and then maybe make those travel plans sooner than you thought you would!
It relieves stress
Our hectic lives are stressful. Face it.
No matter the hours we spend on yoga and meditation it’s not long before the next emergency meeting or a toddler’s fit breaks that calm.
To cope, our body releases cortisol, the stress hormone, which has long been known to be bad for us in excess.
Travelling helps lower cortisol levels, which in turn makes you feel relaxed.
Everything associated with travel – be it planning your itinerary, sightseeing, or clicking pictures – will help you hold on to that relatively peaceful state of mind for a longer time.
It keeps your heart healthy
You cannot travel without indulging in physical activities, however mild, and when you do so, your blood pressure scales down, thus reducing the risks of strokes and other diseases.
Studies have shown how travel can reduce the risk of death by a large margin.
Amazing, right? And don’t worry if your trip does not include hiking and trekking.
A simple, leisurely stroll across a park can do wonders too.
It makes you more social
Are you an introvert? Would you rather sit in with a book than be out with people?
Well, a vacation may change that perception to a large extent.
While traveling, we tend to meet new people, and while conversing with them, we realize that talking to others is not as difficult as we thought it would be.
When you are outside your comfort zone you tend to look at anyone around you for guidance, which can help you connect better.
It makes you mentally stronger
Scared to board a flight? Afraid of traveling alone?
The more you travel the more fears you can conquer.
Most of the times, our minds tend to worsen a situation that may happen.
But travel helps us cope, teaches us patience, and reminds us that the world works in different ways.
It teaches acceptance and increases problem-solving skills, which helps us stay positive.
Such resilience can be invaluable in the face of adverse situations not only during travel but life in general.
It makes you more creative
Traveling boosts imagination and creativity to a large extent.
Going to new places and exposing yourself to new cultures increases your mind’s elasticity and cognitive capability.
But this takes effort.
You have to interact, get to know the place and its people better, and try immerse yourself in their lives for the time that you are there.
Convinced enough to hasten that vacation?
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