Traveling with depression

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

Quoting katrinbest

Quoting Andrew Mack

Unfortunately too many people think that when they travel they leave their problems behind.

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.

It rather depends what the core problem(s) is(are).
It's easy to immerse yourself in the beautiful sights and in the company of others (especially socially in bars etc), but that always comes in bursts and the downtime in between can be even worse than it would have been at home.
In many (not all) cases the core problem is better dealt with at home before travelling, if possible.

12. Posted by oblak (Inactive 23 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I think traveling makes you realize a lot of truths about yourself because you are really putting yourself out there and out of your comfort zone.

13. Posted by Apollo111 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I also travelled with depression and it's really difficult and upsetting to not be able to enjoy one's trip. I usually feel extremely sad during the first half of the day and much better during the afternoon/evening. I don't fight it anymore, I just let the sadness take its course and it will pass, in the end. Although it feels as if it's ruining my trip, I most often find that I fondly remember the experiences I've had while travelling, despite having felt sad while they happened.

It's normal to make mistakes. You are in a new place and you don't know the ropes around there. Just allow yourself to make mistakes. Putting so much pressure on you will contribute to the depression. Travel will never be a perfect experience and it's okay if it's not perfect!

Practicing gratitude can often be helpful. If I may suggest, try to think about (and write down) at least three good things that have happened during the day, no matter how minor (e.g. I always include on the list petting my cats or stargazing in the small park in front of my block of flats). If you keep this up for several days, you'll soon end up with a considerable list of things that bring you joy and you'll be more aware of them happening in your life.

If you find that depression is seriously debilitating for you, I warmly recommend psychotherapy and/or medication. I for one am going to therapy and have done so for several years. It's my lifeline and it keeps me afloat. It does make things much better.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Apr-2019, at 15:54 by Apollo111 ]

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