Ways Regular Travel Can Improve Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
Posted by Ruth (18/11/2016)
Hans Christian Andersen once said ‘to travel is to live’. It’s a simple notion, yet so true. Travel is not only great for learning, getting to know different cultures, and broadening your mind, it also has huge mental health benefits.
It’s not surprising that when life seems to weigh us down, we say things like ‘I need a holiday’, or ‘I need to get away’. It’s because travel has a highly beneficial impact on our wellbeing, and when we return from a holiday we come back feeling refreshed and ready (albeit reluctant) to face the world again.
In a world where everything moves too fast, a holiday can provide the opportunity to slow down and switch off. It’s often nice to go on holiday just to switch off from the digital world and appreciate the wonders of the real world. Although a lot of hotels and private villas offer Wi-Fi these days, often it’s best not to use it unless you have to. The social media world will cope without you for a week or two.
Travel can also help your mental health by enabling you to appreciate what you have. When you see others around the world who are perhaps not as fortunate as yourself, you realise that maybe your life isn’t so bad after all.
It’s important to switch off from work every once in awhile, and enjoy some quality down time. Travelling breaks the stress cycle, and gives you time out from the worries of everyday life. You leave your problems at home and can unwind for a set period of time.
A study by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Assn. found that travel can lead ‘to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even the promotion of brain health.’
The mental health benefits of travel vary depending on what sort of destination you visit, and what type of holiday you have planned. Here at To Tuscany, we have been thinking about the mental health benefits that a holiday in Tuscany might have. As soon as you arrive and take in the scenery you feel instantly at ease.
Taking time to appreciate the natural beauty of this region of Italy helps you to focus on what’s in front of you, rather than your stresses back home. Tuscany also has a huge variety of spas where you can enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation, and treat yourself to a day or two of pampering. What better place to relax than in the soothing hot springs of Saturnia, or by a pool surrounded by the breath-taking Tuscan countryside?
There are so many wonderful activities on offer in Tuscany that can help you switch off. From horseback riding on the beach, to cooking classes, wine tasting and hiking in the countryside. It’s definitely a destination that offers a very relaxing setting. Plus, when you visit, you will find that the pace of life is slower here. The locals lead a very laid back lifestyle, and seeing them so content makes you instantly feel relaxed too.
So what are you waiting for? Book a holiday to Tuscany and you will come back feeling totally refreshed. Take a look at some of our luxurious private villas available to rent.