This summer, I decided to take a road trip (via air) from east coast to west coast. Flying from the South to my hometown in Boston, MA to the sunny San Diego, and ending in Chicago. I felt it necessary to take a step back, and explore. With Bipolar 2 disorder spontaneous ideas can be frowned upon, which is understandable. However, ridding myself of all my spontaneous characteristics is unreasonable. In my travels, I feel refreshed. It has lead me to wonder why traveling has this impact on us. Here are 5 reasons why traveling helps your mental health.
You gain perspective.
We are each a single droplet in a huge ocean, and this is something you learn on the road. To see people around you from different cultures, in different positions, and situations, it allows you to realize that in the end everything is going to be okay.
You learn more about yourself.
Through your interactions with other people, you may find out things about yourself that you never knew before. There is an inner strength that is needed when you travel, especially on a solo adventure. This maybe the key to making you feel good about yourself, and realizing you are stronger than you think.
It gives you a chance to breathe.
The pressure and stress of life that you may be facing are silenced when you travel. It gives you a chance to reflect on your life, and breathe. Take a step back from social media, and live in the moment.
You feed off others energy.
You meet people on spontaneous adventures, and create unique connections with others. When you are down in the dumps, there is nothing better than feeding off the energy of other people.
Its a confidence booster.
Traveling encourages you to be self-efficient and independent. You create memories that are interesting, and that add excitement to your life. Traveling is a great way to turn your dull attitude into a fabulous one.
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