FROM ONE SISTER TO ANOTHER
Let's face it. The last 18 months have not been very kind to anyone. Between the drastic ways in which our lives have had to change during the pandemic to the regular stressors of life in general, we've all been struggling to keep our heads above water. Now, as everything begins to open up again, we're finally acknowledging that we are just exhausted...and that fatigue goes way beyond the norm. I don't know a single woman who hasn't been thinking she would like to run away all by herself and just have some alone time.
SO HOW CAN TRAVEL HELP?
TRAVEL REMOVES DISTRACTIONS
Regardless of where you travel to, traveling without your entourage can remove the distractions of day-to-day stressors. When you travel with other women, you're away from the daily tasks that you must accomplish, away from the guilt that not accomplishing them imposes on your psyche, and away from those who don't mind asking you to do "just one little favor". Traveling with friends allows us to be free of the demands that can cause us to be resentful or even angry. When the distractions are gone, even if only for a short time, you are allowing yourself to engage in self-care.
TRAVEL HELPS US TO STAY MINDFUL
When we try to meditate, or stay in the here and now, all of life's distractions and voices are circling around us, making it very difficult to stay focused. Traveling naturally lets you stay in the present. You're thinking about the sounds of the waves, the breeze in the mountains, the delicious cuisine you're sampling, and enjoying the people around you. Your senses are revitalized and in turn, you feel a sense of peace. Mindfulness is an immediate benefit of travel because you're thinking far less of the past and not worrying about the future.
TRAVEL ALLOWS US TO ENJOY
When was the last time you found yourself unabashedly and enthusiastically enjoying the moment? If you're like most of us, it's probably been awhile. When you travel, especially with a group of like-minded women, you will likely find yourself laughing when you least expect it. More, you'll realize that you've been savoring the small, precious moments of the day - something we don't usually take time to do when we're living in our regular lives.
TRAVEL RELEASES ENDORPHINS
Interestingly, a Cornell study showed that the anticipation of a trip leads to longer-lasting happiness. That means that planning the trip can do as much to boost your mood as the actual trip does! In essence, traveling promotes activities (physical, emotional and mental) that in turn produce mood-boosting endorphins and ultimately, reduce long-term stress and anxiety.
TRAVEL REVEALS WHAT IS POSSIBLE
When you travel with other women, you take time to relax and make your experience "all about me". You're physically moving, even if its just with a walk from your room to the beach or a city-street stroll. You're emotionally satisfied because you're living in the present moment, getting ready to enjoy what is right before your eyes. Your mental health is better because you're not as stressed, anxious or depressed. You are seeing what is possible when you take time for YOU. These are the days that can replenish your soul and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Take some time to care for yourself. Remember, you are worth it!
Stacey Ray is the founder of Sisterhood Travels and Groupit Travel. She is an industry-wide influencer and specializes in hand-curating luxury itineraries for groups.
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