Our resident mindfulness coach, Andrea, just got an article accepted in the Elephant Journal. The question at hand is, what makes travel a better experience, both in terms of quality and extended benefit instead of a temporary escape?

Escape with a purpose; good self therapy

Sometimes, especially with addictive gambling, the focus is on a temporary rush. Even though vacations are the opposite of that inherently (being more likely to relax), the same temptation is to just get a little bit out of them. However, the easy zoning out, or temporary disconnection with the day-to-day responsibility, can be achieved without leaving town; so the question becomes: what else can I get out of visiting a new place?

Andrea points out a pretty critical thought: “Many of us view these getaways or retreats as splurges rather than investments in our happiness and emotional well-being.”

Investing in yourself is one core belief at Williamsville Wellness, and teaching it is one of Andrea’s functions. She does an excellent job of pointing out ways to continuously do that with this article.

The key suggestions:

 

  • Be Curious
  • Be Present
  • Suspend Judgment
  • Be aware travel is one way to show self-compassion

 

Click over to the article to get the full thoughts on each point.

Travel Mindfully: Tips from Andrea
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