Article by Marie Miguel
Sometimes, you just need a vacation, and a theme park can be a great getaway. However, if someone disagrees with your decision, just say that it’s for your mental health.
Yes, a theme park, whether you’re visiting Paramount, Disney, Universal, or even your local amusement park, can be the mental health improvement you need. Here are some reasons why visiting your local attraction is good for the mind.
It’s a Getaway
Perhaps the most obvious reason a theme park is good for the mind is the fact that it lets you escape from your troubles. Obviously, you should face your problems eventually; talking to a counselor or other professional can help with that. However, if you have things beyond your control, being able to get away from the stresses of that can be good for you.
It Lets You Face Your Fears
There are two types of people: those who don’t want to take a rollercoaster even if their life depended on that, and those who like a thrill.
For those who don’t like it, we get it. It moves fast, takes sharp turns, goes into a loop, all from a great height. Statistically, you have a way higher chance of being injured during a drive to a grocery store, but these types of fears are rarely based in rationality.
A theme park lets you face those fears. You can get on smaller rides and learn how to conquer your fears of heights and great speeds. Even if you don’t do the most thrilling ride at the beginning, you usually come out of a theme park conquering at least one of your fears.
It’s a Bonding Experience
With a theme park, you rarely go alone. You bring along your kids, your spouse, or your friends, and it can be a time to bond. Riding rollercoasters together, getting food at the snack bar, going swimming, all of these activities can help you bond with your loved ones. Think back to your memories you’ve had with your friends or family. You probably have a few great experiences at a theme park. Why not make even more memories with your loved ones? You won’t regret it.
It Teaches Planning
If you plan on going to a theme park that’s further away, it usually requires some planning. Financial planning, planning your work schedule, and having an idea of what you’re going to do when you reach the area are just a few examples. Being able to stay organized, financially secure, and having a plan can be great for the mental health.
A theme park, particularly a giant one, requires you to do some walking. Exercise improves your mental health by releasing endorphins, and you don’t need to work out too hard to get that experience. A theme park isn’t the most strenuous experience, but you still have to do plenty of walking and will feel the rush by the end of it.
It Lets You Travel
As we mentioned before, many theme parks involve going to another state or city. Travel is great for your mental health. Besides the escape factor, it allows you to expand your horizons and discover how another part of the world lives their lives. Even another town over can offer a different experience and be stimulating for your mental health.
Another reason why theme parks are good for your mind is because you’re outside most of the time. Being outside, especially when you have not had the opportunity in a while, is refreshing for your mental health. Getting a little sun is good for you, too, with vitamin D being one of the many benefits the sun provides. Just make sure to pack some sunscreen before you go.
We hope this gave you an excuse to visit a theme park. It’s a memory-making experience that will stay with you for a long time. While you shouldn’t go if you’re in financial turmoil, planning a theme park vacation when you have some money and downtime is a smart move. Never feel bad for wanting to get away for a while. Enjoy yourself, and have a good time.
About Marie Miguel
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
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