The Health Benefits of Mission Trips

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There are many components to being healthy, such as physical activity and balancing a nutritious diet. However, getting in the gym and eating your veggies is not the only way you can optimize your health and wellness. Doing positive activities, such as volunteer and mission trips, can impact your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Mission trips are a great way to socialize and bond with people. Social interaction can boost your mood and feelings of well being, lower your risk of getting dementia, and improve your overall quality of life.

Mission trips can boost your self-confidence and enhance your emotional and mental health by providing you with a sense of purpose. Through mission trips you can learn a lot about yourself by answering to your calling in life and helping other people.

Sometimes being exposed to the challenges people face around the world can evoke sorrowful emotions. However, there are many conversations and activities that focus on hope, peace, and love. In addition, helping others can provide fulfillment, especially when appreciation is expressed for what you do. Being surrounded by such positivity can help reduce stress, which is a large contributor to poor health, such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues.

Often times mission trips require a lot of physical movement. Whether it is walking, cleaning, building, dancing, or playing games, you can guarantee that you will get at least 5,000 – 10,000 steps a day keeping you physically fit throughout your trip.

Many regions around the world with less commercialism have access to natural food such as exotic fruits and plenty of green vegetables. Maintaining a clean and simple diet while on your trip is great for your immune and physical health

“Anxiety weighs down a heart, but a kind word cheers it up” – Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2 (NIV)