Traveling over spring break can involve anything from arriving safely back home to arriving at your gate at the airport, waiting for an exciting week ahead. Although the travel can be tedious, lengthy, and exhausting, getting a breath of fresh air from school or college can usually be just what stressed-out students need.
Flying, or traveling in general can cause a lot of people anxiety and stress. All of the unknowns, like figuring out flight times, or dealing with an especially slow taxis, only add to the overall anticipation and hype about getting out of school. Traveling can also be a scary experience, if someone is afraid of flying or is traveling by himself or herself for the first time.
Despite all of these things, traveling actually helps to heal people. By getting away from a usual work or studying environment, even just driving an hour home can greatly improve people’s overall levels of anxiety and stress.
Despite all of these things, traveling actually helps to heal people. By getting away from a usual work or studying environment, even just driving an hour home can greatly improve people’s overall levels of anxiety and stress. Using the time and change of mindset that “going away” provides, people can take all of their worries and problems and put them away for a time. The time allows a lot of families to reconnect, people to get over small colds or illnesses, and stress to fizzle in your wake.
On vacation, use the time that you have off to take a break from things like checking up on emails, texting, and checking social media. A lot of health gurus recommend that you actually leave your technology at home if you’re traveling, and allow yourself to be in the moment for a week, instead of being sucked into your screen. Relaxing, and allowing your brain to rest from doing any work or technology can provide enormous health and emotional benefits, including an increase in satisfaction, happiness, and a decrease in anxiety and stress.
Take the week, or two weeks that schools and colleges provide to truly unwind from your whirlwind life. Allowing yourself to feel like you’ve “gotten away” from the place that causes you stress like a workplace or school can be both short-term and long-term beneficial. Helping to rest and restore both physical and mental health is what vacation should really be about, and hopefully in the future more people will be able to take the time to enjoy a much needed break.