I’VE STRUGGELD WITH MENTAL ILLNESS like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression since before I even knew what they were. While I’ve tried counseling, support groups and meditation, travel has proved itself to be an unexpected and potent form of therapy. Here are some reasons why:
1. It made me realize that I’m capable of doing scary things.
Traveling was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. It pushed the limits of my mental illnesses — and in doing so, it showed me that I was capable of more than I thought.
Whenever I have a negative thought, or when my anxiety tries to tell me I can’t do anything, I try to remember how powerful and capable I was when traveling. I try to tell myself things like:
“If I survived flying alone, I can definitely make it to my lectures today.”
The challenges I overcome while traveling are often the most helpful reminder of my inherent strength.