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10 Reasons Why Adventure Travel is Good for Your Mental Health
These are the best of times and the worst of times. What
was true yesterday isn't true today, and the volatility of
climate change, the stock market, consumer prices and
the environment are enough to propel anyone into a
straight jacket. Add to that relationship turbulence, kids,
parents, pets, work, traffic, health and you can easily
find yourself sitting on top of a heap of stress that just
keeps growing. Life seems to be an assault on your
mental health. We have an idea about how you can
climb out of the pressure cooker without leaping into the
fire: ADVENTURE TRAVEL. And here is why:
LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
It doesn't happen when you start
packing, or when you stay up
half the night before your trip
trying to answer emails and take
out the trash. But once you board
the plane, train or get in your car,
you breathe a little more deeply
as the daily grind gets smaller
and smaller and then disappears
in the rear view mirror.
POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW
When you encounter new
sites, something opens up in
your mind and heart and you
can have new insights about
old problems. A change of
scene can make things back
home look very different.
THE ZEN STATE
To be really well, one has to be in the moment, the now. When
you travel, there is so much new stimulation that it forces you to
respond in the present. You slip effortlessly into the zone.
EXERCISE AND MENTAL
When you hit the road, there
are infinite options for active
environment. You can walk,
bike, hike, climb, paddle,
skate, ski, dance. When you
are at home, it's sometimes
hard to get motivated for
physical exercise. When you
are away, it all seems so much
more appealing. And you
certainly know that an RX for
depression and anxiety is move your muscles.
If there is a certain ennui
associated with the same
people and the same stories
back home, then the remedy is
meeting people on the road.
Haven't you made friends in
faraway places when you
If you haven't, it's time to start.
They can be part of your travel
group, or people you connect
to who live in your chosen
An antidote to self-medicating
can be self-soothing. When you go
for adventure tour, you do things
you love, you buy treasured
souvenirs, you pamper yourself
with small pleasures. These
actions make you feel good about
yourself. They don't rile you up.
They don't perturb or upset you.
You replace a desire to escape
with a real escape that is much
better for you.
PRIDE IN SELF
Maybe you've had a rough spell at work or with relationships.
You feel a little worthless or useless. When you travel, you
exercise your high school Spanish or French, you successfully
navigate your way around an unknown environment, you excel
at hiking tours or cooking or yoga. You do things that make you
feel proud of yourself and that help to build back your selfesteem.
There are different kinds of
pain: physical, emotional,
psychic or spiritual. They are
all quite real. Somehow, by
some mysterious alchemy,
travel can alleviate pain. You
just feel better. The sprained
ankle carries you up a
mountain. The wrecked love
affair seems more remote and
you can foresee a life beyond
it. Your relationship to the
Divine is renewed through
Worry and the blues can
sometimes be attributed to
habits of thinking. You get in a
mental loop you can't get out
of. You fret about the past and
are anxious about the present.
It is hard to change your
change. You literally walk new
paths, eat different foods,
speak to different people, hear
changes can help to yank you
out of habitual patterns that
sap energy from your life.
A good yuk can go a long way
towards brightening a day.
Have you noticed how much
you laugh when you are
travelling? You see a funny
sign, an odd translation, a
street performer, you meet a
friend from junior high school
on top of a mountain. And you
let it rip with a belly laugh.
Getupandgo.in is an adventure travel company that operates out of Mumbai
and Chennai, focused on helping create life changing travel experiences for
people from all walks of life.
19 Khader Nawaz Khan Road,
Chennai 600006, India