Inner Adventure Guide

The Benefits of Adventure

Liz your Inner adventure Guide out on an adventure

1. It forces you to turn your dream into a goal.

2. It gives you an opportunity to escape.

3. It forces you to simply ‘be alive’.

4. Helps you to learn new skills.

5. It provides you with a welcomed opportunity to socialize.

6. It gives you the chance to test your boundaries.

An adventure implies that it involves progress which builds on previous experiences to lead you nearer to your personal goals. Whether your destination is a place, a thing, or self-discovery, the journey – the milestones that are passed – brim with valuable insight, as well as simple pleasures that contribute to our sense of happiness and well-being. A life thus lived, pursuing knowledge, conquering fears, and accomplishing milestones one day at a time, accumulates and reveals many advantages. These are the eight basic reasons we love and seek out adventure:

Physical Health Benefits

Extreme physical challenges can operate on the brain’s structure. While training and preparing for physical challenges, the brain can bring changes to the brain’s structure. For instance, the structure of the hippocampus, which is responsible for learning and memory, has been shown to improve when preparing for military training. Explorers who engage in high-altitude mountain climbing can undergo changes in the structure of the brain’s white matter. Even participating in challenges like the selection process of the British Special Air Service can lead to changes in the brain’s white and grey matter. Physical challenges also assist with the release of endorphins, which can bring relief to mood disorders, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Mental illness often co-occurs with addiction. This can be seen through research in which those who have abused drugs, such as marijuana, hallucinogens, tranquilizers, and more, are at a higher risk of mental health disorders. And individuals who have mental health disorders have higher numbers of alcohol and drug use disorder than those without. For example, those with anxiety and ADHD have a higher risk for using nicotine, alcohol, and then drugs.

Those who live adventurous, fulfilling lives are generally less prone to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. Adventure therapy is a rapidly growing evidence-based approach that is used to treat a variety of mental health concerns, such as anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar disorders, phobias, and PTSD. Even bouts of exercise that aren’t extreme can help physical problems. Research shows that exercise improves the symptoms of major mental health disorders, both in severity and mild cases. Exercise also reduces the risk of developing new mental health disorders. Mental illness symptoms including major depressive disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and others can improve with the regularity of activity including sports and gardening. Being exposed to nature boosts mental well-being, for example, an increase in self-esteem, better attention, and even a reduction of psychiatric symptoms.

Mental and Emotional Benefits

A 2016 research review demonstrated a strong connection between nature experiences and a decreased risk of depression. Nature experiences also improved physical cognitive capacities and the manner in which we take life’s situations, the study said. A 2015 study carried out on individuals who participated in a wilderness outing saw participants experience mood improvements, lower stress, heightened psychological enjoyment of the experience, and a greater sense of meaning in life. Another study found that those who walked in nature experienced less negative thinking than those who walked exclusively in urban environments. The mental health benefits of nature can be explained by identifying the key ways in which being in nature can improve human mental health. They theorize that more exposure to greenspace means less risk of mental disorders for residents born and growing up in urban environments. Typically, individuals in urban spaces are less exposed to greenspace, thus increasing susceptibility to elevated psychological distress. By looking into previous studies conducted on mental health and well-being benefits of greenspaces, we can better understand and explain the psychological processes that occur when one is interacting with nature and transferable strategies to improve mental health conditions for the population.

Social Benefits

As every human society is dynamic, among the different ethnographic papers, a variety of characteristics can be found that make them unique. In the broadest sense, “new cultures will always adapt to their ecosystem.” According to this statement, it is possible to assume that Rio’s Mutuca (a resident who lives in the concrete jungle of cities like Rio de Janeiro, which, despite all the violence, slums, and different people, has a lot of similarities in lifestyle and how to handle its green and open areas) and Kutch (the young adult of the Indian Nilambari society who, by example, shows a high level of personal development due to being generally initiated in 3 to 5-year-long earliest stage ritual processes with pronounced social meanings and learning patterns) have their social culture related to some biological and social aspects of their specific social environments.

One of the major benefits of adventure experiences and activities is that they enable a sense of self-completeness, confidence, and identity. This relates to how individuals reverse the exclusion and reactive behaviors they have learned. Indeed, many of the most evident areas affected by the adventure are changes in their behavior, primarily in terms of space, autonomy, and identity. Another area where adventure experiences may have a great influence is on social behavior. Many social behaviors are learned processes where experiences and interactions in the environment help build and are crucial to the formation and development of individuals, enabling them to interact within their environment. Originally, social learning was performed through the so-called “wired to learn process” (or biologically preprogrammed). However, as individuals grow up, contingent learning links the experiences that arise from interaction with the environment to how people are supposed to behave in it, affecting the creation of culture. In many cases, it is just “being” in an environment that is responsible for the creation of culture.

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