How To Replicate Some Of The Mental Benefits Of Travel Without Leaving Home

May 13, 2021

Travel, as we all know, can be a great thing in all sorts of different ways.

When we get away from our homes and our familiar environments to explore a new locale, we frequently get to benefit from expanding our horizons on the world and deepening our understanding of different places, cultures, and peoples.

Travel also frequently allows us to let our hair down and get away from the frustrations we may be experiencing in our day-to-day lives, and it can also offer a good degree of perspective and insight.

In recent times, many of us have not been able to travel as freely as we would normally like. So, here are some tips on how to replicate some of the mental benefits of travel without actually leaving home.

Subtly Change Your Everyday Routine And Notice The Small Things In Your Immediate Environment

One fascinating point made in the book “The Power of Moments,” by Chip and Dan Heath, is that novelty and attention are perhaps the primary factors that determine how much we value and remember a particular moment in our lives, and also how quickly we perceive time moving by.

As we get older, we all tend to experience the sensation of time speeding up. Part of this seems to be because we tend to settle into familiar routines without much variety, and end up essentially cruising on autopilot.

The effect of this is that we can easily look back on weeks, months, or even entire years, and be barely able to identify so much as a handful of distinct moments.

One of the great things about travel is that it tends to facilitate these memorable moments.

To replicate this in your everyday life, subtly change your everyday routines to add a bit of novelty. This could be as straightforward as rearranging your furniture or trying out some new hobbies on a regular basis.

Get Yourself Into A Resourceful And Empowered State Of Mind Before Reflecting On Your Life And Habits

For the most part, we tend to be in a pretty positive and empowered state of mind when we are setting off on our vacation travels. But we all too often do not feel that way over the course of our everyday lives.

Actively working to put yourself into a resourceful and empowered state of mind, and then reflecting on your life and habits from that state of mind, can offer tremendous insight while also helping you to feel more positive and in control, in general.

Some things you can try to put yourself into an empowered and resourceful state of mind include physical exercise, listening to upbeat songs, and watching motivational videos.

Take Proactive Steps To Improve Or Address Certain Issues In Your Everyday Life As Quickly As Possible

Travel allows us to escape from many of the small issues and frustrations that can annoy us in everyday life. And there can be great psychological benefit in escaping from these frustrations.

Take proactive steps to improve or address certain issues in your everyday life, as quickly as possible. That might mean contacting a septic tank pumping company, or simply tidying your home up.

For every small hurdle you can overcome, you are likely to find yourself feeling more carefree.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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