Travelling with depression, doesn’t go together, does it? Surely, depression can make the idea sound overwhelming. How can you face the joys of travelling, when you lack interest in the slightest daily pleasures of life?
But, we question… why do you stay at the same depressing place!?
Don’t let depression stop you!
It’s just your brain tricking you into thinking that things aren’t good, and thereby, giving an illusion of magnified problems. Also, managing depression while travelling is not that difficult. All you need is a routine, maybe a walk or morning coffee.
But how is travelling a panacea to depression?
It frees Imagination!
An open – minded state is achieved when we experience other cultures. And this isn’t just us talking, the same has been proven by research. We get regular surprises all day long due to individuals we have never met or seen before, by their approach to daily activities and their routines. They do small things in different ways that we have never even thought of trying. This simply results in us becoming more receptive to ideas which are new and hence, enabled to come up with alternatives. Some of the best vacations recommended as cure to depression would be the ones including exposure to unfamiliar cultures, people and lifestyles.
New associations free you from the chains of the current situation
At home, things are different. Nearly everything, even the people and the things around, that we come in contact with are a constant reminder of the current situation. The same, which is apparently the reason for our depression. When we travel, we have new encounters, things are different. This also means that we are highly engaged in what we’re experiencing and doing. Hence, we have minimal time to sit back and ruminate on issues. New experiences, associations and encounters bring along new thought, emotions and feelings. These alter our mood to positivity and help us break free of our sadness. In order to avoid any depressive moods and emotions caused due to solo travelling, you must step out of your hotel room. You need to breathe in fresh air. Additionally, simple acts like chatting casually with the museum docent and the barista can help you feel connected more to the world outside.
It unleashes creativity (and there’s no better alternative!)
Oh, no! Here we don’t mean you will come back home ready to do a TED talk or take up painting or singing. But thanks to all the experiences, all your big and small decisions made during the course of your vacation, you return as an individual who is ready to face the daily challenges. You will have more creative responses to these hurdles and will definitely enjoy facing them with new zeal and enthusiasm. Why do you think people with the most stressful jobs take regular breaks, otherwise!?
It proves to be a booster dose for happiness!
Anticipating a vacation gives the largest boost in one’s happiness. Again, we’re not talking without substantial evidence. This fact has been revealed in a study published in the Applied Research in Quality of Life. And yes, this simply means that merely planning a vacation goes a long way as far as lightening your mood is concerned. Why not look up for some budget hotels in Ooty already!? (yeah… it’s an amazing place to go to.) The study has also showed that this happiness upswing lasts for about eight days. To ensure a longer lasting effect post your vacation, you must schedule as much relaxation time in your travelling plans, as is possible.
And the best part … IT WORKS!
There are tons of travel bloggers and others who have forced themselves to travel to fight their own depression. One of them is Rambling Mandie. When you need help, strangers go to incredible lengths to assist you. This lifelong struggle of depression does not seem so overpowering then. We do not realise the same when we stay locked within four walls. But venturing out teaches us how beautiful life is and that we need to come out of our bubble, break free of the shackles and fly high and happy like free birds!
Travelling is one of the top recommended self *- treatments for depression. Additionally, eat well, do something you enjoy to stay active and get lots of sleep. Indeed, that is a great definition of vacation! Just look up some places to visit in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, maybe Missouri, look up for budget hotels and get going. All along, we’re happy to help you plan your getaway!