5 Ways Travel Can Help With Depression

by Alexandra Lam May 26, 2016

1. Removes you from your external stressors.

Travel allows us to completely remove ourselves from our natural environment and more importantly, our external stressors. The complete change of scenery provides a sense of relief which can free the mind to help you tune in to what you need for yourself. Whether it is of the mind or body, travel allows you to listen to what you truly need.

2. Allows you to reflect and recharge.

Rock climbing? Hiking a great trail? Laying out on a beach listening to sound of rolling waves? Travel allows you the ability to do what you want on your own time which includes to fully relax and figure out what truly makes you happy. The best times of reflection and decision-making is when we’re free of stress.

3. Doing the things you want to do without judgment.

Whether you want to curl up and hang out in a hotel room with a book or, taking some time to yourself by watching the tides come in; travel releases you from your obligations and you can do, think, and feel whatever you desire without judgment.

4. Gets you out and moving.

One of the biggest challenges of depression is having the energy and/or motivation to continue to keep moving. At times, it may feel like cement blocks on one’s fee,t but travel has a funny way to magically make those cement blocks feel like feathers and at times, non-existent.

5. The freedom to “just be”.

Whether we’re chugging along, sprinting to classes, or dealing with the never-end marathon of the rat-race, it is easy to take our time and health for granted. The adrenaline, feeling of guilt, or obligation are band-aids that we use to mask the pain. Travel can allow stillness and peace of mind to our lives. It differs from person to person but the state to which we are able to “just be” is priceless for our mind and our body.

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