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How A Change Of Scenery Can Really Benefit Your Mental Health

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Getting away from it all, even just for a few days, may seem like a luxury, but did you know it could be crucial to your mental health? Even just taking a day trip can have a significantly positive effect on your mental health.

If you’ve been going through a stressful time, whether at work or because of a personal tragedy, below you’ll discover why a change of scenery could be just what you need.

How a Change of Scenery Can Really Benefit Your Mental Health

Helping To Reduce Stress

One of the biggest benefits of getting away for a while is that it really helps to reduce stress levels. When you’re going through a really stressful period, being cooped up in the house can often make it worse. So, getting away, if only booking off-peak tickets for a day trip, can help to calm the mind, reduce the stress and leave you feeling much calmer and relaxed.

When left untreated, high levels of stress can contribute to a whole range of health issues. So, taking a little holiday, or just taking a day trip, can prove crucial for your physical as well as your mental health.  

It Keeps You Active

You likely already know that physical activity is great for your mental health. However, it’s easy to get into the habit of slumping down in front of the TV after a long, hard day. Taking a trip encourages you to be more active, which ultimately improves your mental health.

Think about it, when you travel somewhere new, you spend a lot of time exploring the area. This is usually done on foot, which means you’ll be getting a lot of exercise without even realising it. If you really want to boost your mental health, you could even book a walking or activity holiday.

Increased Happiness

Many studies have shown that taking a holiday significantly boosts happiness levels; even for those suffering from depression. For the most benefits, it’s recommended you get away for at least six days. If you are going through a bad time, getting away for a week gives you the opportunity to recover, de-stress and get yourself back into a good mental place.

It is unsurprising holidays help to make us happier, given that we get to do something we enjoy. It’s amazing how much a few days not having to worry about your daily stresses, can benefit your mental health.

So, if you’ve been experiencing high levels of stress, or you’re going through a really bad time right now, booking a holiday, or just a day trip away, could prove crucial to your mental health. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you go, just as long as you head somewhere that isn’t too close to home.

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