However, travel also provides us the unique opportunity to escape some of the uncomfortable realities of our everyday life, which according to Dr. Carla Marie Manly, a clinical psychologist, may not be a bad thing.
Although escapism is often viewed in a negative light, Dr. Manly presents a counterargument to that way of thinking.
Writing for mindbodygreen, Dr. Manly explains why travel and escapism can be a powerful coping mechanism, particularly in situations that are too stressful or overwhelming, suggesting that a temporary break can alleviate mental and emotional distress as well as prevent additional psychological harm.
However, all situations are unique, and Dr. Manly offers a step-by-step approach to navigating healthy escapist travel.
Although a global pandemic has hauled many travel freedoms from our grip, Dr. Manly encourages finding ways to reap the benefits of escapism, albeit within the confines of our restricted lives. While this may not currently involve hopping on a plane, simply creating a staycation in your living room may also have positive health benefits.
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