Mental Growth Matters
Wanderlust for Wellness

Travel helps us to step out of our comfort zone, challenges our perceptions, encourages adaptability and helps us grow in confidence. When negative stressors are minimized, travel nourishes our souls and enhances our mental well-being. Along with the growth and excitement that come with new destinations is the opportunity to stimulate mental growth. We just need to be intentional.

Poor travel experiences are common and can be incredibly stressful. While unplanned challenges will always arise, minimizing what can go wrong on a trip is a way to feel more in control and reduce the negative stress associated with travel. 

 Plan ahead: Learn about your destination, have travel documents and emergency contact information on hand and build a flexible, manageable itinerary to minimize last-minute stressors. Maintain a routine of adequate sleep, healthy meals and exercise to keep your body and mind feeling their best.

Pack light but thoughtfully: Heavy luggage and many bags can add stress and expense. Pack only essentials, including versatile clothing that can be easily washed. Bring a book you are excited to read. Leave room for items acquired during your journey.

Disconnect: Technology can be incredibly helpful while traveling, but constant connectivity can take you out of the moment. Disconnect when you can. Take breaks from screens. Immerse yourself in the present moment.

Well-executed travel can spur mental growth in a myriad of ways. Navigating unfamiliar environments and overcoming obstacles during travel strengthens our resilience and problem-solving skills, but embracing unexpected events and positive stressors takes intentionality. Before your next trip, set your intention for positive mental growth.

Embrace the journey: Recognize things won’t go perfectly as planned. Embrace the twists and turns and the unexpected opportunities to try something spontaneous and new. Keep a positive, open attitude.

Challenge yourself:  Stepping away from familiar surroundings allows reflection on values, aspirations and personal goals. Push yourself to try something new. Self-challenge fosters resilience and adaptability and stimulates self-confidence.

Be mindful and cultivate gratitude: Travel may spark gratitude as you encounter new experiences and cultures. Soak in the beauty around you. Feel it.  Notice sensations from all your senses. Savor.

Connect with others: Whether with locals or fellow travelers, meaningful connections formed during travel can enhance belonging and emotional well-being. Experiencing different cultures, traditions and ways of life fosters empathy. Be brave and make connections. You may make a friend.

Reflect: Once home, integrate newfound insights into your daily life.

It’s time to let travel spur your mental growth. Bon voyage!. ::

About Author

Avatar photo

Erin is a freelance writer living in Rochester. She encourages everyone to celebrate the positive and share the good.

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to find out about upcoming events, receive fun announcements and get the latest articles delivered straight to your inbox! 📧

Get RWM in your mailbox!