For a lot of people, traveling is simply leisure. It gives us that well-deserved break as we take our time off from work or school. For some, it is a chance to get those picture-perfect shots that would feed their social media accounts. For others, it is an opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones. While we may have various reasons for wanting to travel, have you considered it as a way towards healing? Apparently, there is a lot more about travel than just Instagram-worthy pictures.
Here are five ways through which traveling helps us overcome grief:
After experiencing a loss, it becomes challenging to go back to our normal daily routine. It becomes inevitably dragging and exhausting when we have to answer the daily demands of work or school without adequately processing the pains we have experienced. Traveling disrupts our normal routine but in a healthy and helpful way. We get to break free from our regular schedules and spend as much time as we need to move forward.
“Therapy is often necessary to help those left behind understand why their loved one took this action. It can be difficult to resolve feelings of grief and anger without professional help.” – Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC
“Whether you suffer from seasonal affective disorder or not, the evidence is strong that getting outside just for a little bit can be very helpful.” That is according to Andrea Bonior, PhD, clinical psychologist. While we spend our time out there traveling, we gain a brand new perspective about life in general. It is when we literally stop and smell the flowers in the field, listen to the chirping of the birds outside, and marvel at the effortless beauty of the sunset. Traveling magnifies our line of sight and points us to the bigger world, the bigger picture beyond our problems and disappointments. It teaches us to new ways to perceive life.depressioxcvbsfgdfgfdg
The thing about grief is that it deceives us into thinking that this is the end. We are made to believe that there is nothing we can do to turn things around. While traveling does not necessarily change our external situation spot on, it does change what happens within us.
As we get to see how people’s lives continue and how the world, in general, moves on, we learn that our life hasn’t stopped at a period yet. Instead, we only pause at the semi-colon. We have a whole new sentence to create. Like what David Klow, licensed marriage and family therapist used to say, “By building a list of people that you trust, with whom you can talk to in times of need, you allow yourself a strong sense of not being alone.”
Sense Of Self
Maybe our recent circumstances have held us captive in attending to other people’s needs. Perhaps at some point, we have forgotten of ourselves and have overlooked how we, on our own, have coped with the difficulties that have hit us hard.
Traveling alone reminds us of our own need for self-love. It brings us into solitude and tranquility which empowers us to appreciate that while things do not seem easy; we have nevertheless gone a long way already. It’s time to thank ourselves for being strong enough to do that.
The goal of traveling is that as it pulls us out of our current situation, it helps us process our internal issues and teaches us how to go about life after that. We gather enough courage to get back at life stronger than ever. It is the part when the best about traveling is unleashed. Finally, we can begin again. We now dare to say that a painful chapter in our life has closed and it is time to write a brand new one.
Traveling is beautiful because it takes you to places you haven’t seen before and it pushes you to do several things you never thought you would do if you only stayed in your comfort zone. But more than just bringing us closer to the bigger world outside of us, traveling does a more excellent job connecting us to our world within.
Exploring places helps us build better, stronger, and bolder versions of ourselves – no matter who we want to be. Finally, it makes us realize that in the midst of our greatest fears and inhibitions and regardless of our grief and loss, we are just as beautiful and worthy.