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Brain expert reveals why getting freaked out can be therapeutic

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Brain expert reveals why getting freaked out can be therapeutic

Travel has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, but beyond the serene wellness retreats and peaceful beach lounging, did you know that riding a roller coaster is also good for your mental health?

In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, the experts at worked with brain experts at Brainworks Neurotherapy to shed light on the therapeutic benefits of thrill and adventure to our mental wellbeing. Alongside this, they revealed the best destinations for adrenaline-junkies by evaluating factors including the number of roller coasters, casinos, rock climbing opportunities, mountain bike routes, hiking trails, and off-road trails in 61 countries.

Key findings show that a dash of adventure can boost your mental wellbeing. James Roy, brain health expert at Brainworks Neurotherapy, reveals how thrill-seeking can be good for your mental health:

  1. Adrenaline rushes are biologically good for you

Engaging in adrenaline-pumping activities triggers the release of feel-good hormones such as endorphins and dopamine which serve as natural stress-relievers, inducing feelings of euphoria and relaxation.

An interesting study claims that roller coaster rides might just be the therapy you need. Don’t let the fear of stepping into the unknown overpower you! Start by taking small steps to introduce adventure into your life, which can be immensely rewarding and have a profound impact on your wellbeing.

  1. You get to focus on the present

Whether you’re navigating through rough terrains or just about to jump off a plane, the intensity of the adventure pulls you out of your head, encouraging mindfulness and presence in the moment. Immersing yourself fully in the present helps diminish stress, letting go of worries about the past or future as you connect more deeply with your inner self.

  1. You get a huge self-esteem boost

Taking on new challenges and accomplishing them not only drums up confidence but also provides a sense of self-belief. Whether embarking on grand adventures or small ventures, each new experience can act as a powerful catalyst for personal growth as you break through your own barriers and develop greater abilities to cope with stress and adversity.

  1. You get to achieve mental clarity

From scaling mountains to forest cycling, adventure sports often take place outdoors which can be an excellent stress-buster. Navigating challenging terrains or conquering physical obstacles demands intense focus and this heightened cognitive engagement not only enhances mental clarity,  but also hones problem-solving skills. Exposure to natural settings can offer a rejuvenating effect on the mind, and is especially effective in reducing mental fatigue and fostering a sense of vitality and mental wellbeing.

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