Travel Rejuvenates, Travel Heals

On this day, World Mental Health Day, we’d like to remind you to make your mental health care a priority.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Not surprisingly, travel is great for rejuvenating your mental state. Sitting on a beach in the sun, exploring a new area, and just stimulating your mind and stepping out of the norm are all great for relaxation. And it’s not even just the positives of travel that are good for you, the negatives are good too.

According to an article in Psychology today, “Travel disrupts your routine and introduces novelty to your brain, which improves cognition and helps reactivate reward circuits. You have to think about how to get through new neighborhoods, new transportation patterns, new customs and rules. Initially, such changes can be stressful and frustrating, as anyone who has dealt with minor annoyances like different toilets or trouble getting change back for large bills knows. But ultimately, your brain can benefit from being put on its toes; according to Brent Crane’s article in The Atlantic, the cognitive flexibility helps stimulate neuroplasticity.”

So remember this the next time you’re jetlagged and getting to your destination. That extra break from your routine is good for your brain, and the lying on the beach or climbing mountains part of your vacation is just icing on the cake.

 

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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