Auto Therapy: How Cars Help Our Mental Wellness
When Carl Benz developed the first official car in the late 1880s, we bet his main goal was to find a way to travel easily from one place to another. Little did he know that his invention would make such a huge impact and change the story of transportation completely.
We can also imagine that he didn’t expect it to have more benefits than just quick travel. Society today has grown to value cars greatly. Some enjoy collecting them, but others find automobiles as a form of therapy. Let’s take a look at how cars can do wonders for our mental health.
Encourages You To Go Out
Dealing with cars isn’t exactly an indoor activity. Even if you’re working on it at the shop or your garage, it still encourages you to get out of the house somehow. Driving cars is even better. Even as you sit in the driver’s seat and take the wheel, you’re doing more than sitting around the house and staying idle.
And of course, we know that going outside is good for our emotional well-being. Going out means we get a healthy dose of vitamin D from sunlight. Light also tends to elevate our mood in general. Getting outside of the house also allows us to break away from household routines and chores that stress us out. They even say that driving helps fight off dementia because of this reason.
Speaking of stress, cars can also be therapeutic and help in alleviating distress. While the daily commute on a bus or train can build tension, driving can do the opposite. Going behind the wheel for even a short drive can clear the mind. Of course, this doesn’t work if there’s bad traffic where you live. Instead, you can go on long car drives out of town to de-stress.
Similarly, getting up close and personal with your car can also relieve stress. Some find that working on their engine can be a form of relaxation. It gives them time for themselves without having to worry about other responsibilities.
The distraction that cars bring to us can help us escape our stressors in life. It takes us away from stressful situations until we have calmed down enough. It is as if we are recharging our emotional battery.
Brings Out Your Creativity And Self-Expression
In some way, cars are a form of art. After all, it’s no joke to put one together and not have it look like an intimidating hulk of metal. The same is true when you build and tune up the engine. When you take the time to customize your automobile (even in small ways), you take the role of an artist.
The car you drive can be likened to the clothes we choose to wear. It makes a statement about you and allows you to express yourself. You can modify car parts, interiors, and even give it a fresh paint job. Your car is another canvass that you can work on.
Connects You With Other Enthusiasts
Another thing that’s great about cars is the community that has grown around a shared interest. Whether you’re a total car buff or a casual fan, you’ll find that it’s enjoyable to converse with others about a topic you enjoy. You might find yourself speaking with a stranger who just complimented you on doing a good job of keeping your automobile in tip-top shape.
You could also meet new friends at car shows. This meet-up helps your mental well-being by giving you an avenue for social interaction. You get to spend time with other people and enjoy. You get to grow as an individual as you exchange opinions, tips, and other ideas about cars. You’re not just helping yourself, but you also help other enthusiasts.
Cars do a great job of getting us from point A to B, but we’re also grateful that it brings other benefits to our lives. Although some people may see driving as stressful because of traffic and other drivers, spending some time away through driving or tuning up cars can be great for our mental health.
So hop behind the wheel and take control of not only your car but also your mental wellness.