Welcome back, everyone! When it comes to mental health, it’s important to know when to walk away. Sometimes, breaks are not only necessary, but they’re also beneficial. One of the best ways to take a break is to literally physically remove yourself from your current situation. Take a little trip and clear your mind.
Obviously, not everyone is financially able to travel far and wide to exotic places. It is also extremely difficult to schedule time to leave your work, school, and general responsibilities. That being said, not all trips need to be far away or for lengthy periods of time in order to be helpful. You can travel over a weekend to stay at a friend’s place at another school or with a relative, you can drive to a reasonably priced hotel or bed-and-breakfast, or you can even just go home! Regardless of how far or how expensive, a little time away can be just what the doctor ordered.
While you’re away, try to take care of your mind as well as your body. On vacations, so many of us focus on how many pictures we can take and how tan we can become, but try to spend time bettering your mental health as well. Visit some museums, learn about different cultures, and have new and exciting experiences! Sometimes, even the little things like trying new food at a restaurant can liven up your experience and help break you out of a mental funk. Switching up your day-to-day flow is a great way to freshen up your mind to get it back on track for your regularly scheduled programs.
Whether you are able to take a grand vacation in another country, visit the U.S. Capitol with your friends, or stay with a friend for a night, getting away for a bit can help refresh your mind. Though it is not as easy for everyone, knowing when you need a break and actually taking one is a great way to benefit your mental health. I hope everyone is able to walk away from their stresses this week. See you all next time!