What is mental health?
When we speak of mental health, we are talking about your cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellness. So that would be what you think, how you act, and what you feel. In psychological terms, cognitive focuses on present thinking and the way that we think outrightly has an effect on our emotions, physical feelings and then these emotions then trigger certain behaviours. This is usually a repetitive cycle that can only be broken with interference. This means you have to actively and consciously step in and break the cycle.
Mental health problems are common and people can and do get better. Many factors contribute to poor mental health, but there are also many ways in which you can treat it too.
If you think that you may have a mental health disorder - for example, anxiety disorder, clinical depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, then please contact your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. When we face a situation which we perceive to be potentially harmful or feel will cause danger to us or our way of life, then our instinctual kickback is to experience worrying triggers and feelings of anxiety. These are not only normal but necessary for survival. Over the years, as humans our reasons for experiencing anxiety have changed greatly. In the past we would have felt danger and fear as a result of an attack from a predator. In an article by Medical News Today, they state…
“The danger causes a rush of adrenalin, a hormone and chemical messenger in the brain, which in turn triggers these anxious reactions in a process called the “fight-or-flight’ response. This prepares humans to physically confront or flee any potential threats to safety.”
Whereas today, our survival is predominantly based around work, family and relationships, social and finances. Anything that can cause disruption to any of these areas can be perceived as a threat can cause you to react in survival mode.
Simply put, anxiety is unhelpful thinking patterns that we experience when our mind is fixated on threat, uncertainty and/or negativity. Anxiety is commonly felt through both mental and physical symptoms and feels differently for each person.
Anxiety can occur on its own, as a response to a perceived threat, as a response to stress, or it can trigger stress. It’s really important to know and understand that you cannot stop it happening, because it is your brain’s automatic survival mechanism. What really matters and will ultimately become invaluable to you, is learning how to respond to anxiety helpfully,
so that you don’t get carried away by it.
Anxiety vs Anxiety Disorder
Experiencing Stress and Anxiety are normal responses for most people and In most cases it can be self-managed. Knowing the difference between normal feelings of Anxiety and an Anxiety Disorder can be really helpful in identifying and seeking treatment for your condition.
Anxiety becomes an Anxiety Disorder when the cause of the Anxiety has been removed but the responses remain. For example, you may experience Anxiety as a result of a pending bill that needs to be paid or you are due to start a job or take a test of some kind, or any other specific event that has triggered your Anxiety response.
If you feel like you may have an Anxiety Disorder then I urge you to contact your doctor or seek professional help from a psychotherapist.
How can travel help to improve my mental health?
Travel both changes and enhances the three core aspects of who we are as humans. These three areas are your mind, your body and your spirit. If there is an imbalance within any of these areas, or if you are denying yourself of your individual needs, then this can lead to various challenges and problems with your health.
Your mental health emcompasses the emotional and psychological part of you. The mind is the part of you that enables you to be aware of the world and your experiences. It is the cognitive aspects such as consciousness, thinking, judgment, memory and speech, imagination and perception. It also covers the non-cognitive aspects of you, such as your feelings, emotions, intuition and instinct.
When approached in the right way, travel can act as a form of therapy helping you to heal and grow as a person. There are many different ways for you to overcome mental health challenges and travel is just one way. Other avenues to explore would be talking therapies like counselling or psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy or treatment which may be prescribed by your doctor. Then there are complementary therapies like meditation, homeopathy, yoga, life coaching, aromatherapy and nutritional therapy.
You have to explore all options and find the ones that resonate with you. If you have always wanted to see the world, meet new people and learn new cultures, then of course, travel could be the perfect route for you to take. If this could be for you, then I recommend booking in for a
free 30 minute call with a travel coach who specialises in mental health travel. You can discuss your needs and goals and whether travel would be the most suitable option for you.
Please note: If you think you may have a mental health disorder, then we would like to encourage you to book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Travel helps to raise your consciousness -
Conscious; awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings.
Travel teaches you what is really important to you.
Travel sparks imagination and creativity.
Travel shows you a new perspective of yourself and the world.
Travel is social and introduces you to new people and ideas.
Why do I need to work with a travel coach?
Working with a travel coach will help you understand what it is that you want to gain from your travel experience and ways in which you can
achieve goals. A travel coach will help you to face any
concerns and teach you ways in which you can manage them as and when they show up. They will be able to help you create a travel based plan that allows you to
travel safely and
Each travel coach will specialise in different areas, so it is important for you to find the right coach for you. When choosing, your travel coach should be a professionally trained life coach with hands on travel experience. Coaching isn’t industry regulated by law, but you can request to see professional qualifications, insurance and/or professional body membership from the coach prior to any sessions. The relationship between coach and coachee is paramount so take some time before you make your decision and always go with what feels right for you.
You can book in for a
free exploration call to find out whether working with a travel coach is the right step for you.
Isn't travel supposed to be more stressful?
Travel can cause stress and anxiety, both prior to leaving and whilst away, which is why working with a travel coach can be really beneficial. They will teach you different ways to manage stress and anxiety so that you can spend more time enjoying your experience.
Is it safe to travel?
Travel is generally safe and each year hundreds of millions of people travel around the world for various reasons. However, there is always a risk involved so it is important that you take precautions and are mindful of your actions. I recommend that prior to any overseas travel, you seek advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings from your country’s government.
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What is the difference between a travel coach and a travel agent?
A travel agent's role is to help people plan, choose and book their holiday. They also offer advice and opinions on where to go. They look at what packages, flights, insurance and accommodation are available and using a booking system, they will book them for you.
A travel coach takes a more therapeutic and holistic approach. They work alongside you helping you to identify your motivations for travel and create a plan based on where you want to go and what you want to do and how to go about booking this yourself. They also help you to overcome fears and build your confidence and communication skills. The aim of coaching is to help you to focus on your goals, shift your mind and improve various areas of your life through travel.
Should I go travelling?
Only you know the answer to this question. Travel is more accessible than ever before and if it is something that you feel like you want to do then it is worth exploring the idea further in a free exploration call with a travel coach.
What is mental health travel?
Mental health travel is an alternative type of therapy. Some people with mental health problems find it helps to use complementary and/or alternative therapies throughout their healing process. Although people have been travelling the world and discovering its healing powers for many years, it has only recently become widely recognised as an alternative type of therapy that can aid an individual with improved mental health and personal transformation. Mental health travel is when an individual leaves their current environment and surroundings for a period of time to go on a journey of self-discovery. The aspiring traveller prepares and plans the experience with the intent of improving their overall health and wellbeing.