Everyday distractions can cloud our minds and clutter our thoughts. Travelling gives people the opportunity to step away from the daily grind and give our brain a rest. Simply the act of planning a trip can give people something to look forward to and bring excitement into their lives. Getting away from the nine to five and taking time for yourself could be just what the doctor ordered.
There are many different ways of travelling and the list is always increasing.
A Wellness Retreat
More than a simple spa break, a wellness retreat is designed to address certain aspects of life. Focusing on detox, stress reduction and fitness to name a few.
A lot of wellness centres offer different types of yoga classes. Yoga involves concentration on breathing and the body which can soothe a person’s mind and destress. A Harvard University article states that yoga can reduce stress and anxiety, by helping regulate a person’s stress response system.
The group of people you will find at a wellness retreat are typically very positive and focus on maintaining emitting a positive energy. This can help rub off on you and you can feel yourself becoming more positive and happy through association. You could even return home with a more positive perspective on life.
Often there are times to chat with this group of people at the group dialogue sessions, offering time to talk through any problems you are encountering. Some people find relief in knowing they are not the only one struggling.
Wellness retreats teach mindfulness practices which travellers can continue to alleviate stress and anxiety using back home.
Group experiences where everyone arrives on set dates with a designed itinerary may be better than an independent personally tailored experience. Often travellers find themselves alone on an independent wellness retreat, hanging around the pool or going solo to a meditation or massage session. Being by yourself when you’re struggling can make matters a lot worse, the complete opposite of the aim of getting away.
Arguably volunteering is one of the most beneficial ways of travelling for both your mental and physical health. Whether you choose to volunteer teaching children and building schools in Africa or work exchanging in a busy hostel bar, this is a very popular mode of travel.
Social interaction is increased, as much of the work is done in teams and communication is needed. Psychology Today even found that social interactions have a positive benefit on the body. Prolonged periods of standing and the physical work of sorting donations and moving supplies around also helps improve the physical body. In fact, volunteers are some of the healthiest people in the UK.
There are many studies which show that volunteers experience less stress and in return have much lower blood pressure because of the work they do. When helping others the brain releases dopamine, the chemical which causes happiness.
Often facilities are basic and volunteers sometimes live out of their suitcase meaning it’s difficult to bring everything and the kitchen sink with you. Getting back to basics and living without all of the things you think you need can be liberating. First time volunteers may prefer a group experience rather than a solo trip.
There is no denying that fresh air is good for you. Benefits include lowering blood pressure, aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. Providing your body with higher levels of oxygen from being outside whilst camping increases the effects of these benefits.
There is a great deal of exercise involved with camping, walking to amenities and hiking. Activating your cardiovascular system benefitting both the heart and lungs. Hiking is known to grown brains and improve your memory in the process.
Whether you are choosing to sleep under the stars or take refuge in a tent or RV, simply spending time outdoors has great benefits on your health. Vitamin D from the sun strengthens our bones and teeth.
Camping is great for your circadian rhythm which is similar to your internal body clock. The natural light, especially sunshine in the morning helps reset the clock helping in many ways, mainly making it easy to fall asleep at night.
Getting back to basics away from endless technology and Wi-Fi is good for emotional health. We are so connected with a phone in our hand and the world wide web at our fingers it can be hard to disconnect at home with too many notifications and reasons to log online.
Grab a friend, some books and take advantage of slow living. Campspace is a new website which not only lists local campsites, if you’re looking for something different it also lists local back gardens people are happy for you to camp in. You might even make great friends for life with your hosts!
Stepping outside your comfort zone may be scary but did you know that by placing yourself in situations that you aren’t able to plan out in your head helps you learn to cope with uncertainty, reducing anxiety when life throws you curve balls.
With more and more adventure breaks becoming available you can learn a whole lot of skills you may never have learnt before. Adventure breaks come in all shapes, learning to sail abroad, culinary holidays, rock climbing, surfing and water sports breaks. You can gain many skills whilst enjoying a great time away.
Adventurers have an incredible opportunity to experience another country whilst learning another skill. With the support of experienced supervisors in a safe environment, relaxed knowing that they aren’t going solo, dangerously hiking up a mountain but are in supported group environment.
Adventure breaks can help to improve your immune system by getting dirty. Society’s obsession with cleanliness is causing a rise in allergies, asthma and IBS. You are more likely to come into contact and get more accepting of being dirty on an adventure holiday or whilst camping than any other type of holiday. You may come back with a better immune system!
Exodus are one of the UKs leading exploration adventure tour operators with over 500 trips to choose from. They offer many different forms of adventure travels from walking and cycling to culture and polar activities.