Look at you, FT! You’re positively glowing!! You must have just taken a trip--I can see your reduced chance of heart attack and lower blood pressure from here! And I can tell you’ve been getting deeper sleep. You look like you feel fab!
Well of course your body feels fab, but let’s take a look at that mind! Let me just pull out my circular saw, so we can see how much better your brain is—what? Yeah, I suppose that is a little extreme. I guess I could just ask you how you’re feeling, instead.
So, FT, how are you feeling? Pretty relaxed you say. Well that’s not surprising since:
And don’t forget this, I mentioned it last week:
You also feel pretty recharged, too, you say. Also not surprising:
You don’t look very convinced. I don’t really have as much quantitative data (yeah, I can throw around big words, too) as last time, do I? That’s kind of a problem people have stumbled upon with mental health in general though: you can’t measure happiness like you can cholesterol. So how do you know if something is effective against stress or depression or anxiety or any of those not-so-fun invisible illnesses?
Because you feel better. That’s literally it! We’re all old enough here that I don’t need to go off on a tangent about the difference between addiction and actually feeling better, so I won’t.
So, how do you know if travel is effective for improving your mental health? Because you feel better after traveling. Not sure if it does? Start a travel journal. Your writing will reveal all! It has for me.
Now get out there and go!