Now that summer is here, and we are gearing up to get away, we must consider if we are choosing the right kind of escape. Oftentimes we are on vacation autopilot, packing to do the same thing the same way over and over again. According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, NYC-based licensed neuropsychologist and teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, our minds really get to recharge when we travel so it is important that we use this away time to nourish our minds.
Dr. Hafeez shared with us five kinds of getaways that recharge your mind. The best part is that you don’t have to travel too far or spend loads of money to accomplish the mental shift these getaways offer.
The City Escape
Travel to your nearest big city or one you always wanted to see. Research mass transit, walking tours, museums, restaurants, shops, theatre, sporting events, concerts, pretty much anything you always imagined doing in that city.
“Researching new places activates our imaginations and inspires creativity. Also, when in a big city there is a lot of sensory stimulation. if you live in a calmer town, then hit the city for just a day or two you’ll activate a different side of your brain,” explains Dr. Hafeez.