The Mental Health Benefits of Travel
PSYCHIATRIC VIEWS ON THE DAILY NEWS
Although I am retired from my psychiatric clinical and administrative work, my wife and I still consider our annual 3-week sun birding in Houston from Milwaukee a vacation. While so doing, we have discovered a variety of mental health benefits over such times: much warmer and calmer weather; seeing old friends and colleagues from our prior time living there from 1977-1989; pretending to be cowboys and cowgirls during rodeo time; and exposure to all the diverse cultures in our country’s most international city.
We know that such travel was relatively unavailable during the pandemic,