Stop being a work martyr, no one cares, and you’re killing yourself slowly with additional useless stress both at home and at the workplace.
Furthermore, when it comes to promotions, you’re no more likely to have received a promotion than the average worker (28% to 28%), showing that the work martyr attitude is not helping anyone get ahead.
As a self-proclaimed work martyr, you’re less likely (79% to 84%) to receive a raise or bonus than those who do not subscribe to the work martyr myth.
Moreover, this work culture of this era has turned most people into a martyr. Where did that belief come from?
Attempting to prove your worth is severely affecting your mental health. Here are 6 powerful reasons why you need to travel for a healthier you.
You Will Be More Productive
When you take more vacations, you’re actually more productive. You’re well-rested and recharged. Often, you’re running on empty. Pouring from an empty glass is hard.
In fact, today’s stressful workplace is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., where workplace-related health care costs rival the $174 billion spent each year on diabetes care.
Furthermore, when you don’t take the necessary downtime to collect yourself and do the things that make you happy such as spending time with family and friends, you’re actually slowly killing yourself.
However, if you often rest throughout the year, you’re adding years to your life.
Happiness is What You Create When You Travel
When you plan your vacation you’re more likely to use all your time off, take more time at once, and you’ll be happier with your relationships, health, and well-being. You’ll be happier with your company and your jobs.
There’s nothing like the anticipation of a trip. It’s like being a kid again and waiting for summer vacation or your favorite holiday to arrive. It boosts your mood and gives you something to look forward to.
Life can become mundane. Traveling allows you to break your routine. Therefore, new experiences, new places, and meeting new people will energize you. It reconnects you with the external world and opens up your worldview.
The Brain Craves Stimulation and New Information
I’ve tried and learned many new things abroad it’s turned me into the best conversationalist ever! In Thailand, you can learn how to make a three-course traditional Thai meal. I also learned how to ride a motorbike.
While in Indonesia, I learned new meditation techniques. In Vietnam, I took a city tour as a passenger on a motorbike which gave me the inside scoop on how some of the Vietnamese live. I learned about the culture and the local people.
Learning new things maintains elevated brain activity, which then helps with increased levels of happiness.
Self-Confidence Explodes When Taking Risks
Traveling helps to improve your self-confidence. When I traveled and lived throughout Thailand, there were many elements I had to navigate.
And you have to navigate the language barrier, transportation, food, excursions, etc. When you’re home, this isn’t something you’re being tested on daily. It’s easy to go from point A to point Z without thinking, however, in a different country, it’s another story.
But unexpected situations will happen. Such as the time we were kicked out of an Uber when a Thai driver refused to drive us to our next location with all of our luggage.
Your confidence will increase because you’ve successfully navigated an environment that is completely different from yours. It makes you feel as if you can go to the ends of the Earth and back.
Patience Is A Survival Skill You’ll Develop
You need tons of patience when traveling. In America, you’re constantly on the go and you can easily have everything you want. Immediate gratification is almost the way of life there.
However, once you arrive in another country, it’s a whole new ballgame. Those three meals you wanted off the menu, they don’t have it.
The entire island has a blackout which is going to last six hours, deal with it. The internet isn’t working, so what. It’s a 45-minute walk to the nearest convenience store, let’s go.
Those are actual scenarios. Patience became a survival skill while traveling abroad. The way of life is different in each country. Having more patience allows you to deal with stress but also helps you to have a more enjoyable experience.
Stressful situations are inevitable, however, how you deal and respond to them is key.
Taking that newfound patience back home with you adds to your life, it doesn’t take it away.
Gratitude Is What Happens When You Open Yourself Up
Traveling to various parts of the world gives you an opportunity to witness different ways that people live and connect with each other. Qali Id discusses her visit to Malawi on Pop Sugar. Even at the tender age of 8 years old, it taught her humility.
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” ~ Socrates
Qali Id noticed people weren’t focused on consumerism. Having stuff wasn’t important to them. The experience taught her about bonding and sharing.
While living in Thailand, my motorbike broke down. Strangers helped me find where to buy the parts. They also fixed my bike!
I also recall falling off of my motorbike, and within seconds locals swarmed me. They wanted to make sure that I wasn’t hurt.
Traveling allows you to break away from the sometimes narrow mindset and in turn, we can reconnect with humanity.
You will have a greater sense of gratitude for almost everything in your life when you return home.
So if you have vacation time, use it. Your health depends on it. Get out there and do some solo traveling or join a travel group.
Take your family and or your friends with, or leave them behind. It doesn’t matter what you decide, the point is to go. And you don’t even have to plan one big trip; a few short trips throughout the year is a start.
Once you start traveling, you’re going to catch the travel bug.
Go ahead and get bitten.
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