‘Travel Therapy’: Could Vacations Help Mental Health and Wellbeing?

Abstract: Holidays could not solely be a chance for recreation, however may also present psychological and normal well being advantages.

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Many people have in all probability heard of music remedy and artwork remedy, however what about “journey remedy”?

A brand new interdisciplinary paper from Edith Cowan College (ECU) proposes that we alter the way in which we view tourism, seeing it not simply as a leisure expertise however as an trade that may present actual well being advantages.

The collaboration between the Middle for Precision Well being and the ECU Faculty of Enterprise and Regulation discovered that many points of happening trip might have a constructive affect on folks with psychological well being issues or situations.

Lead researcher Dr Jun Wen stated the varied staff of tourism, public well being and advertising and marketing consultants investigated how tourism may gain advantage folks dwelling with dementia.

“Medical consultants can suggest therapies for dementia, akin to music remedy, train, cognitive stimulation, memory remedy, sensory stimulation, and variations to the affected person’s mealtime and atmosphere,” stated Dr. Wen.

“All of those additionally meet usually when on trip.

“This analysis is likely one of the first to conceptually focus on how these vacationer experiences might doubtlessly work as interventions for dementia.”

Christmas enjoyable… or therapy?

Dr Wen stated the numerous nature of tourism meant there have been loads of alternatives to include therapies for situations akin to dementia.

For instance, being in new environments and having new experiences might present cognitive and sensory stimulation.

“Train has been linked to psychological well-being, and touring usually includes extra bodily exercise, akin to strolling extra,” stated Dr. Wen.

“Mealtimes are sometimes totally different across the holidays – they are usually extra social affairs with a number of folks and family-style meals have been discovered to positively affect consuming conduct in dementia sufferers.

“After which there are the essential components like recent air and daylight that enhance vitamin D and serotonin ranges.

“Every thing that comes collectively to signify a holistic tourism expertise makes it simple to see how dementia sufferers can profit from tourism as an intervention.”

A change in considering

Dr. Wen stated that the affect of COVID-19 on journey in recent times has raised questions in regards to the worth of tourism past way of life and financial elements.

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Dr Wen stated the numerous nature of tourism meant there have been loads of alternatives to include therapies for situations akin to dementia. The picture is within the public area

“Tourism has been discovered to extend bodily and psychological well-being,” he stated.

“So, after COVID, it’s a good time to determine the place of tourism in public well being, and never just for wholesome vacationers, but in addition for weak teams.”

Dr. Wen stated he hoped {that a} new line of collaborative analysis might start to look at how tourism can enhance the lives of individuals with numerous situations.

“We are attempting to do one thing new to carry tourism and well being science collectively,” he stated.

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“There must be extra empirical analysis and proof to see if tourism can turn into one of many medical interventions for various illnesses akin to dementia or melancholy.

“So tourism is not only about touring and having enjoyable; We have to rethink the position that tourism performs in fashionable society.”

About this analysis information in psychology and psychological well being

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Tourism as a therapy for dementia based mostly on constructive psychologyby Jun Wen et al. tourism administration


Tourism as a therapy for dementia based mostly on constructive psychology

No analysis in tourism or drugs has addressed the attainable relationship between journey and medical therapy of dementia. Given the more and more essential position of tourism in society, an interdisciplinary staff of tourism and dementia consultants gives perception into the potential advantages of tourism for folks with dementia.

This conceptual effort critically critiques the tourism and dementia literature and addresses related information gaps. Tourism is introduced as a attainable means to enhance the well-being of dementia sufferers as a complement to non-pharmacological interventions.

Consequently, a conceptual framework is proposed to focus on the hyperlink between tourism experiences and dementia interventions.

Future instructions for interdisciplinary analysis are additionally outlined.

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