“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”– Rumi

Falling into the monotonous rut of daily life has a negative impact on everyone. However, people with mental health issues tend to fall deeper into a spiral of self-loathing and feel life has nothing great to offer. While therapy and medication helps those suffering from mental illnesses, travelling is the best way to invigorate one’s mind.

How does that work? Well, for starters, don’t plan an expensive trip abroad or choose a congested city flooded with tourists and cars. The best way to achieve peace while travelling is to plan a recreational trip free of all the troubles in the world. And why go anywhere else when Pakistan has so much natural beauty to offer?

Whether it’s a weekend getaway to Astola Island in Balochistan, or a week-long vacation to Hunza and Skardu up north – just breaking out of your normal routine can benefit the mind in a multitude of ways.

Here’s how travelling improves mental health:

Stress levels drop

According to a study conducted in America, the stress levels of the subjects dropped just after a day or two of travelling. This happens because you are miles away from the worries of daily life which include house chores and responsibilities, anxiety about paying the bills, and dealing with work pressures. However, while travelling your mind focuses more on observing the fresh surroundings.

You end up reinventing yourself

Since travel provides you with new experiences, the mind ends up expanding more than you can imagine. Experiencing new cultures, food and historic sites can also broaden your perspective on community development and a sense of being. It makes you understand how each individual in the world has a role to play in the larger scheme of things.

Want a fresh start? Don’t wait for a ‘New year’s resolution’ to push you to modify your life goals. Simply take a trip and you will come back a different person.

Increases happiness

Apart from the fact that your boss will no longer be offloading work on you, travelling also makes you feel free. Hence, you become more elated than ever before. The new events and experiences also rewire your brain, in effect boosting your mood and self-confidence.

A study by Cornell University found that people attain more happiness from anticipating a travel experience in comparison to anticipating buying a new possession.

Improves mental strength

Sure, initially travelling to a new place, especially alone, might sound like a challenge. But in the long run, it trains your brain to adapt to the changing circumstances. Apart from encountering feelings of independence and excitement, you are bound to develop emotional strength. Besides, you are in a place where no one knows you – this is the best time to step out of your skin and transform into an individual you always wanted to be.