Six Reasons Why Traveling May Help Combat
Depression and Anxiety
By Donna Jo
Many people are dealing with depression and anxiety. It would be nice if these ailments could just go away with the snap of your fingers. Sadly, that is not the case. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to address this problem in an effective way, and one way that is often overlooked is traveling. Yes, traveling can help you fight these ailments in some of the following ways.
1. Open Hearts
These ailments can make people feel disconnected from the world, making it easier to fall deeper into the sickness. It makes you feel isolated and like you are the only one with these issues.
Traveling breaks that up by exposing you to other people's lives. This creates a sense of empathy within you that can help combat your own problem. Try to allow yourself to help others, and you will see how much that ends up helping you.
2. Possibilities Grow
Another thing that should be pointed out about these ailments is their ability to make you feel like every window is closing on you. All lights seemed to be extinguished, leaving you in the dark and without any prospects.
Traveling helps fight these thoughts because it opens your mind to all the things that are possible. You are going to see art. You are going to see people overcoming great obstacles. You are going to see yourself accomplishing goals you didn't know you could.
3. People Power
It doesn't take long to see how troubling people can be. All you have to do is talk to your neighbors or watch the news. This is one reason people install a good home security system at home, and that is definitely a smart move.
Being cautious about people is good because people can harm others, but these diseases can make people be more pessimistic. There are countries and regions out there with low crime rates, with people who wear their hearts on their sleeves. Meeting some of these people will allow you to see that there is a lot more good in this world than bad.
4. Natural Antidepressant
Travel exposes you to much more nature because you will likely pass through parks and all sorts of natural wonders of the world. This may not seem like a big deal, but the truth is that nature is a natural antidepressant and anxiety reducer.
For one, nature is always full of excitement, and the brain finds engagement pleasant. The wind makes things move in unpredictable ways, and there are bugs all over the place. You are going to be making your brain to concentrate on other things besides constantly obsessing over what is causing you to feel depressed or anxious.
5. Exciting Things
The excitement you feel in nature is just the beginning. You are also going to be thrilled to come to a new place you've never been, and you might end up feeling much better.
The people, the customs, the overall design of a place, and a lot of other aspects of your trip are going to excite your brain. You might go to local events or see or do something you wouldn't do or see at home. All of this is going to be fun and is going to release serotonin and other feel good neurotransmitters into your brain, making you feel pretty excited.
6. Active Steps
So far, most of the ways traveling could help have been somewhat passive, but travel can also open you up to other active ways of combating these issues. Almost every culture has ways of tackling depression and anxiety, and it wouldn't hurt to try them as you travel the world.
For example, you can try different types of meditation practices that exists in Asia and the Middle-East. You could also try some of the calming herbs used in South America, like Guayusa, which is said to help boost energy and fight depression. Try to be open to these experiences, and do not be afraid to share what you are dealing with because you never know who you might meet on your journey.
Be sure to exercise caution when taking herbs while traveling; make sure they are not hallucinogens and cannot negatively affect you. It may be a good idea to keep your doctor's number handy to check if it's okay for you to try a particular herb should you go this route.
These are just some of the things you can keep in mind as you consider traveling to help overcome your issues. Now, it is important to keep in mind that traveling is not a cure-all. You are still going to have to talk to a professional about what you are feeling so that you can get to the root of the problem.