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Travelling improves mental health

Travelling improves your mental health.

It has been revealed that going on holiday can help reduce the stress we feel from daily life, even when we get back from our break.

Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg, a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist and author of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness, said: "The stress of work and daily demands can distract us from what we find to be actually meaningful and interesting. It also helps us reflect on our personal goals and interests."

Whilst travel blogger Jacintha Verdegaal added: "Even though I'm always busy when I travel, whether it's sightseeing, taking photos or just exploring a destination on foot, I know I'm the calmest and most relaxed when I travel ...

"I love traveling to places with different cultures because it forces you to think about your own. Different is not better or worse, it's just different. But being confronted with these differences helps me to re-evaluate my own principles and values and, sometimes, change them ... When I was younger, I couldn't see myself traveling the world by myself. But now, I travel by myself most of the time. And I love it! It's never as scary or dangerous as you make it in your head."

Travelling also allows people to become more patient and in the case of Valerie Wilson, founder of the Trusted Travel Girl, it can even reduce her feelings of anxiety.

Valerie shared to Forbes: "I'm a naturally anxious and impatient person [but] travel has taught me patience, to surrender control to the uncontrollable, and effectively problem solve ... If you allow it, travel has the ability to expand your mind in a way you never realised was possible."

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