With how the world has been over the past year and a half, many of us can’t wait to pack our bags, get on a plane and go travelling again; after all, it is good for our mental stimulus.
But for people who haven’t been able to see much of the world outside of their apartments due to local restrictions, the reality of facing the world may become a little daunting.
The truth is that the pandemic has impacted many people’s mental health, and while getting out there and seeing more of the world may be the tonic that people need, mental health issues don’t just disappear after reaching the boarding gate.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health While Travelling Overseas
If you find yourself struggling with your mental health overseas, it’s important to make sure you get the right support so that you can enjoy your time to the fullest. Here are some tips that can help you to do that.
Stay in touch with loved ones regularly.
Even when you don’t think you’ll get homesick (you’ve spent enough time there!), you should still make plans to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Being away from the things that have become so familiar to you and being immersed in a culture that is so different to what you’re used to can hit you in unexpected ways.
Before you go, make sure that your phone can be used at your destination so that you can reach others and they can reach you. When you experience mental health struggles overseas, having a familiar connection can do the world of good.
Bring reminders of home with you.
The unfamiliarity of travel can feel incredibly disorienting and exciting in equal measure. Bringing familiar home comforts with you can help ground you and bring you back to your sense of self. It could be making room to take your own pillow with you, or stocking up on your favourite type of tea or small snacks, or making sure that you have room for that pair of lounge pants that keep you centred. Having something familiar in an otherwise unfamiliar setting can make you feel at home even when you’re not.
Make sure you take the time to relax
Travel doesn’t have to be all about adventure. After a long few days exploring the area you’re staying in, it can be just as exciting to relax in your home base with a book, a nice shower or something to watch on Netflix while you think about all of the cool things you have done or are yet to do.
Some people may choose to use CBD Medical to help them to relax when anxiety is high. Whatever your relaxation jam is, make sure you give yourself to do it- the worst thing you can do is force yourself to go out and explore when you’re not feeling it.
Travel is a very precious thing, but so is your mental health. When you’re away from home, take some things with you that reminds you of home and check in with loved ones as much as you can.