The scientifically proven health benefits of travel
How are you doing? We thought we better check. Hungover? Bloated?
January and February can be dreery, which is why staying inspired and motivated is so important for your health all round. Planning travels is one of the best things for this. Travel is good for mind, body, and soul…science says so!
Here are some of the top benefits science has found from travels:
1. It promotes creativity
“Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms”. These are the findings of a number of studies which have come out of Columbia Business School. Get your brain engaged and get inspired!
2. It staves off burn out
Holidays are so important for your mental health; they reduce stress and anxiety and keep you from burning out. As a result, when you are working, you will be more focussed and productive and that creativity we mentioned? Maybe that’s how you’ll find a novel answer to a problem that’s been bugging you for weeks.
3. It helps you build better relationships
A Dutch study looking at how travel improves mental health showed that going abroad and getting yourself out of your routine can actually strengthen your relationships with people and encourage you to build new ones. Going about our daily lives, we think we can see our friends anytime…so why today? But go away and you will have all the more reason to catch up when you get back and appreciate them for being around!
4. It makes you fitter
People on holidays get out of the house far more and are much more active than ordinarily. Even if you are just walking around site-seeing, you can be burning hundreds of calories in a day and building muscle and stamina, rather than being sat at your desk for hours on end. People report having more energy and feeling physically better after returning from a holiday.
5. It builds your immune system
Any new environment introduces you to new bacteria – good and bad! The wider the diversity you are exposed to, the more your immune system will build. So get out and get immune building!
But there is something else which has some fantastic impacts too…volunteering!
Volunteering combats effects of stress, anxiety, and even depression. It helps build up social relationships, increases self-confidence, and provides a sense of purpose.
So imagine the power of the two combined! Well, that is exactly what we’ll be bringing you next Wednesday: a list of our all time favorite volunteer projects. These trips are ones you will remember for a lifetime so stay tuned for those!