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Health Benefits of Traveling

One of the greatest gift of sobriety is freedom. We are no longer tether to one location and can we can travel freely. We may have not wanted to travel before because we feared the uncertainty of getting our next drug. Through sobriety, however, we are finally untethered by addiction and can finally fulfil our dreams of getting out and experiencing the world.

Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Not only does traveling help us expand our horizons and gain a new perspective on life, but it is also a great way to improve our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Traveling is an effective way to de-stress from the grind of daily life. According to Jacada Travel, in a 2017 Huffington Post article entitled 11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person, traveling is a great way to ‘get away from it all’. She explains, “Having a moment to take advantage of peace and quiet and to simply ‘be’ allows us to let go of stress and tension and just enjoy being in the moment — a key focus of meditation and a practice you can take home with you.” Taking time off to ‘recharge your batteries’ can be an effective way to alleviate stress and keep ourselves from ‘burning out’.

Elizabeth Scott, in a Verywell Mind article entitled Taking Vacations for Stress Relief and Overall Health, points out, “Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.” The effects of traveling aren’t limited solely to stress factors. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association said in a press statement, “What we’ve long known anecdotally, we will now prove through authoritative research: travel has a positive effect on health, relationships, business performance, and the well-being of communities.” The research into travel has proven Dow’s statement to be correct.

Traveling, even if we stay close to home, gives us time to turn our attention to our mental, physical, and spiritual health. A 2014 article in the Cultureur entitled The Health Benefits of Travel, explains, “ When you travel, you do things you love, see places you want to visit, pamper yourself with little delights, buy things you fancy — all things that you may neglect to do while at home but can make the world of difference on how you feel.” The benefits of travel are numerous, and the freedom we finally achieve by living sober affords us the ability to finally go out and explore.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the courageous decision to seek help now and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, a treatment facility in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, features miles of pristine walking trails and outdoor activities in a breathtaking setting, allowing clients the ability to safely explore issues and trauma that may have contribute to the onset of addiction and work toward a full life of recovery and long-term sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431