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The Psychological Benefits of Traveling

Everyone needs a break now and then and with the arrival of summer there is no better time to take some time off. As a therapist in the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach area, I frequently encourage my clients to travel so that they can feel refreshed, relaxed, and inspired. Studies have shown that traveling not only can be a fun experience, but it can also provide many other psychological benefits. Even individuals who enjoy their day to day job can benefit psychologically from travel as well. If you need more convincing, I have compiled a list of six psychological benefits of travel.

1. Provides Stress Relief

For many busy individuals, finding free time outside their daily routine tends to be a luxury. The repetitiveness and busyness of their day to day lives can cause a lot of stress; which is why taking the time to travel can be very beneficial. Traveling allows individuals to leave their stressors behind and experience new things. Sometimes, traveling may not be only about seeing new places, but rather leaving old ones behind.

2. Improves Creativity

With a day to day routine, it can be difficult to find inspiration for new ideas, regardless if it’s for work or for yourself. The human brain is sensitive to change, so once you place yourself in a new environment and take in new experiences, you stimulate your mind. As a result, traveling is a perfect opportunity to help re-stimulate the mind and provide new inspiration for anyone stuck in a creative rut.

3. Increases Happiness

Typically, experiencing happiness while on vacation is something to be expected. Yet the effects of travel can impact you even before your trip. Studies have shown that people tend to be the happiest when they have a trip planned. As a result, the excitement and anticipation you feel before a trip can boost your mood before you even pack your bags.

4. Recharge Your Emotions

With a repetitive routine, it can be difficult to maintain a positive or compassionate attitude. Whether you’re simply too busy with work, or just bored of the same day to day activities, cracking a smile can be a little difficult. That is why our Hermosa Beach, CA counselors recommend traveling. Traveling, especially near water or any place that can evoke curiosity or wonder, can help individuals get in touch with their emotions, and can actually improve empathy.

5. Strengthens Relationships

Traveling with your friends, family, or significant other can strengthen your relationships. That is because when you travel together, you are able to dive into new experiences and explore new areas together. As a result, you get closer as you get a deeper understanding of one another while creating new memories. Even when you encounter unexpected difficulties, going through it with someone will only bring you closer.

6. Improves Cognitive Function

For many, busy schedules and routines can lead to a lack of sleep and high stress. As a result, it can make some days more difficult to function, and can even affect your efficiency or performance. That is why our Manhattan Beach therapists recommend traveling. While traveling, there are no work obligations so you can de-stress and relax all day. You leave behind your schedule and responsibilities, allowing you to give your body and mind the well needed break they deserves. All this allows you to return home rejuvenated and ready to take on your old routine with a new sense of energy.  

Contact Your Manhattan Beach Therapist Today!

If you feel as though you need a break, take advantage of the upcoming summer sun and begin your travels. Taking a vacation is not just a luxury, but a necessity to maintain your psychological health. Therapy on the other hand doesn’t need to be a luxury. I provide various forms of therapy, so if you’re looking for a counselor in the Hermosa Beach, CA area, please feel free to get in touch with me or any of our staff. To schedule an appointment time, just give me a call at 310-892-2572 or use my online contact form to get in touch. I hope to hear from you soon!