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.

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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.

 

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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.

Relieves Stress

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.

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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.

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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. Sites like VeryWellFamily.com and  SheKnows.com also talk about mental health for individual and family. 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.

 

Author: Marie Miguel

Professional Experience 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/advice. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.

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