Traveling with depression

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1. Posted by Aportlock (First Time Poster 1 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Hi all, I am new here and thought I would share my experience. This is my second trip out Europe (I am from UK) and for the moment things haven't been going well. Not wanting to be a victim, I am responsible for my sadness. That might sound weird for a traveller but that is what I feel. I suffer depression and find it hard to be positive. Ever since I started my trip, I have been making mistakes, fretting over choices (yesterday I spent 5hours trying to decide what to do) and making rash decisions. I have left situations where I had happiness and stayed in situations where I am unhappy. As a result, regret is my company. I try to be positive but keep repeating mistakes, losing time, money and opportunities. Talking about this on this blog does help. My next step is Cordoba Argentina, where I am seeing a friend for 2 days then Florianopolis Brasil, where I will be working and living in a hostel for 2 weeks. These steps are like my last hope to create good memories. I have been traveling since January. Again, writing this post is somewhat healing, my goal is not to be negative.

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately too many people think that when they travel they leave their problems behind.
That rarely happens so they usually spend more time still concentrating on their own problems than they do seeing and enjoying the wonders of the places they're travelling through and the people they meet on the way.
Hopefully spending time with your friend will help sort the problem.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1240 posts) 34w 2 Star this if you like it!

Do something kind for someone each day. That always makes you feel better . . . and if it doesn't, it does make the other person feel better.

Also, sometimes it helps to look for contentment rather than happiness. Moderate your goals. You can always change them.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2317 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Not everything has to be put on the web for strangers to read. Later on something might even come back to bite you in the ass when you least want it!

I know this suggestion is "low tech" but it has worked for centuries- start a diary! An old fashioned diary you where you write your thoughts down. (No electricity required too!) Later on you can look back and read some of the problems you were dealing with and hopefully how you resolved it.

Some "fixes" are after some trial and error!

" I try to be positive but keep repeating mistakes, losing time, money and opportunities."

Maybe after repeating the same mistakes again and again eventually you will figure things out and at least rejoice over what you have done right!

If your depression has been professionally diagnosed maybe you can contact your doctor for a quickie consultation.

Good luck.

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6. Posted by cecilecutblues (Full Member 45 posts) 34w 2 Star this if you like it!

Hey, you don't need to force yourself to be positive. Depression is a disease and it's natural that you have good and bad moment. When you can't help being negative or have troubles deciding something, that's when your body and mind need to be rested.

Depression is a remediable disease, but it will take time. And you are a human being so you have good moment and bad moment depending on how tired you are, your physical situation, weather, amount of stress etc. So you don't need to rush when you don't feel alright.

I recommend you to talk with your doctor and get proper medication and instruction how to deal with the disease.
When you feel as if you were a crap (you're not though), just stay warm in a bed to let the feeling go through (it will). When you feel so much better, go out of your room and sunbathe, it will help your brain to create monoamine neurotransmitter which you're lacking, Take a baby step to get better.
There may be some moment that you feel like dying, it's your disease make you feel like that, so go to bed immediately and let the feeling go through again in that case. You will feel alright.

I used to have a depression in my mid 20s but I have almost no issues now (I'm in late 30s now.) I don't know how old you are but I'm sure that your current travel is not the last chance for you to make good memory. My life has been so much better than when I had mental problems now. I'm still traveling now and then with my husband and child. You can do anything in the future too so you don't need to stress yourself to enjoy your current trip.

If your traveling makes you feel more stressed, making your trip shorter and going home earlier can help. Both continuing and quitting travel are brave decisions.
And I know nobody who doesn't have any regret in their life and I have so many regrets too. But I am happy that I learned a lot from my regrets.

Take your time, don't rush, you will be alright.

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8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 791 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

If you are taking medication for your depression make sure you can take it to the countries you travel to. Some countries have restrictions on medication bringing your prescription might help. You might also want to look at mindfulness meditation. It can be effective for depression and there are no travel restrictions on meditation;). Just make sure you go to a legitimate place, there have been lot of dodgy practices operating who are only trying to cash in on the trend. Also check out this blog:

Over Come Travel Anxiety

She writes extensively about travelling with mental illness albeit anxiety.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Feb-2019, at 20:39 by Teoni ]

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2317 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Teoni makes a good point in her warning about carrying some particular drugs. Keep in mind that it is not always the final destination that could be a problem with drugs - some in between countries where you change planes can be a problem. Dubai for instance comes up every now and then with transit passengers stopped and questioned, etc.

  • * Spending time in a jail would depress me!

10. Posted by katrinbest (Budding Member 2 posts) 33w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Unfortunately too many people think that when they travel they leave their problems behind.
That rarely happens so they usually spend more time still concentrating on their own problems than they do seeing and enjoying the wonders of the places they're travelling through and the people they meet on the way.
Hopefully spending time with your friend will help sort the problem.

I know that traveling can help with fighting depression. Yes you are right that you carry your problems with you, but new emotions can really help.