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7 Ways a Road Trip Can Boost Your Mood

by Faith Davis

INSIDE: Road trips are one of the best things we can do to reduce our stress, improve our mental health, and boost our mood. Let's learn how these adventures can affect us for the better.

 

The monotonous routine, the hustle and bustle, and the stress from your personal and work life can make you tired and emotionally drained to say the least. Before you know it, you can find your physical and mental health deteriorating.

Before these things interfere with the quality of your life, it would help if you take a break and go on a road trip.

According to Statista, based on a diary study, Americans spend less than 8% of their time outdoors. Further studies reveal an increase in the levels of depression due to lack of outdoor time.

One of the best ways of escaping this monotonous, dull, and sedentary routine is to put your luggage on your land rover roof rack and go on a road trip with family, friends, or by yourself.

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7 Ways a Road Trip Can Boost Your Mood

Let's look at 7 reasons why a road trip can be just what you need... 

Road Trips Help Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Taking a trip to a new destination or spending time in nature puts the brain at ease, improves mood, and promotes feelings of happiness. These factors reduce the release of cortisol, a stress hormone in your body. As a result, you'll feel calm, less anxious, and more relaxed.

Even taking a break from the computer, smartphones, or TVs can make us think about ourselves and our relationships. Taking a road trip reduces stress levels and restores the body-mind connection.

It Enhances Your Creativity

Immersing yourself in unknown places with unfamiliar sights and sounds can help boost your creativity. We can relate creativity to neuroplasticity - the reorganization of the brain through new neural connections throughout life. That means our brains are receptive to change influenced by new experiences and environments.

Imagine going to a place where you can visit a crystal cave and dig for crystals or simply explore unique crystals shops. This might be an activity that you’d never do in a city where you live. Such new experiences and environments lead to the formation of neuronal pathways that enhance our creativity.

You Make New Connections by Traveling

It's easier to make new friends while on a road trip than when you're at home, where more people are less inclined to talk to strangers in a bar or on a bus. There seem to be fewer boundaries when you're far from home, so making new friends becomes more effortless.

For example, locals are often curious about where travelers come and fellow travelers are often hoping to find someone they can enjoy a bottle of beer with.

These social interactions can make you happier and increase your social circle by making new connections. It means you get to interact, talk, and meet interesting people.

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Road Trips Make You Mentally Resilient

Traveling to a place where you're equally excited and intimidated can mentally and emotionally toughen you up. It'll feel less scary the more you do it, but it's always an adventure.

Going through challenges in unfamiliar places can make you learn and adapt to a new life that's out of your comfort zone. It'll make you feel more flexible, emotionally intense, and patient.

Traveling Changes Your Body Chemistry for a Better Mood 

Taking a road trip to visit mother nature can change your body chemistry, creating a better mood. Breathing fresh air raises oxygen levels in the brain. This will boost your serotonin, a mood-altering neurotransmitter.

A research study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology discovered that participants that spent five minutes sitting in nature experienced increased positive emotions.

When you also go running, biking, hiking, or kayaking, there'll be an increase in the production of endorphins. These neurotransmitters are mood boosters, just like serotonin.

Traveling Can Help You Reinvent Yourself

Traveling to a foreign place can help you reevaluate and reinvent your life. If you allow it, traveling can expand your mind in unimaginable ways. The valuable lessons we learn broadens our perspective, making us more aware and open to new challenges.

Traveling to unknown places can also give you a fresh start if you recover from a significant life transition. It'll give you a purpose and bring you happiness and strength.

Traveling Creates a "You" Time

Going on a trip can provide you with a breathing space that you often lose in your daily existence. Taking advantage of the peace and tranquility and creating a "you" time will allow you to let go of the tension and stress and enjoy being in the moment.

It's the central focus of meditation, a practice you can continue doing at home when you return from your trip. If traveling with a companion, it can be the perfect chance to spend some quality time together.

Final Thoughts

The challenges and the hustle and bustle of our daily lives can take a toll on us, but going on a road trip can help boost your mood.

You'll have new experiences, create terrific memories, solve your problems, and provide yourself with much-needed peace. You'll become more creative, confident, and happier than ever.

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