When travelling you’re experiencing an array of emotions. One moment you’re reaching an epiphany and the next you’re going through an identity crisis. The ups of travel is often glorified and discussed but there’s a much darker side to travelling that can only be felt from within.
The constant shift in environment and the act of long term travel can start to take a toll. The definition of home becomes blurry and making new friends everyday only to see them depart the next starts to become a discomforting comfort. Traveling gets heavier moving around with a heavy heart.
I’m no foreigner to the state of shaky mental health while traveling and I’ve been open about it on my channel. From the lost of a best friend to the transition into a new career, my journey to see the world has turned into a journey into better well-being.
Today I want to share some simple to-do things on the road that have helped me take better care of my mental health. To my fellow travellers who’re experiencing the blues, I just want you to know you’re not alone and we can get through it together.
- A gentle reminder.
Tony Robbins, author and business coach, has helped thousands achieve a fulfilling life. He said in an interview something that struck me to the core. While discussing how to deal with moments of frustration and hopelessness, he said, “Consider making the most important decision of your life: I will not suffer anymore.”
This reminder has begun to be my immediate response during moments of resentment or defeat. It’s not a solution to solve everything but what it is, is a shift in mindset to stop yourself from falling into a spiral of negativity when you are right on the edge.
Gently repeat this to yourself the next time you find your mind somewhere you don’t want it to be.
I will not suffer anymore.
- Two powerful minutes.
I’m the type of person who’s mind is always churning. One moment I’m thinking about changing the world and the next I’m thinking about pizza. Sometimes it gets really dark and depressing in there too and that’s when it stops me from being in the present to just being stuck in my head.
Recently I picked up meditation. Now I’m not talking about intense, sit inside a bat cave type of meditation. I just take two minutes out of my day to sit, close my eyes and focus on my breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. When thoughts start floating in I just let them pass by. Then I focus on my breath again. Breathe in, breathe out.
The moment I open my eyes I feel present and calm. Doing this daily, I’ve found myself more aware of my surroundings along with this new power to be in the now. If you can, invest in two minutes today to meditate.
- Don’t forget.
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” – Henry Ward Beecher
If you’re reading this, I don’t know your story. But I know life is one heck of a tough journey and you must’ve gone through a lot to get to where you are today. Travelling is in itself an emotional journey filled with ups and downs. If you’re feeling dispirited and lost, don’t forget the humps you’ve gotten over in the past. Don’t forget the moments where you thought were impossible to get through but did.
Don’t forget how far you’ve come and how far you can go.
Most importantly, don’t forget it’s going to be ok.
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