Traveling can be awesome for your mental health. Whether you’re traveling to Istanbul or going to another town, its a great way to escape and broaden your horizons. However, there are a few bumps in your travels that can be detrimental to your mental health. Here are some things to look out for.
Not getting enough sleep worsens your mood, makes it harder to focus, increases depression and anxiety, and long-term sleep deprivation is another can of worms in of itself. Naturally, you may have to deal with some sleep deprivation when you travel. Many people cant sleep the day before their flight. Whether you’re worried about a canceled flight or are just so excited you cant sleep, that first day is rarely slept well.
Buy a travelers pillow and try to get some sleep in the plane if you’re traveling far. You could purchase some noise-canceling headphones and play some white noise. This drowns out the coughing, crying babies, and other woes that keep you up in the flight.
Then, theres the concern if you’re traveling far of jet lag. Bring melatonin and take it to increase your chances of rebooting your sleep schedule.
Not Eating or Exercising Well
With travel, people rarely eat healthy all the time. They want to try the food and drink of the area, and thats okay. However, eating too much and not spacing everything out can lead to some mental health problems, like feeling sluggish or unwell. Its important to keep a balance. Spend some days cooking in your hotel and eating healthy foods.
Then, theres exercise. You’re probably going to be walking a lot, so if you arent big into exercise, you get your fill. However, if you usually work out a lot at a gym, this can have a negative mental health impact. See if the place youre staying at has a gym. If not, you can devote some time to doing exercises at home.
A flight can be great for your mental health, but you may worry about your finances. You should never go on a vacation if you cant afford it, but even then, you may worry. Always check your finances and plan everything out. Have a spending budget and try not to go past that. This can give a little bit of peace of mind and decrease your stress.
Not Talking to Your Therapist or Counselor
If you’re speaking to local counselors or therapists about your problems, not doing so for a week can be a potential hazard. Its always important that you tell your therapist about your travels and see if you can speak through online communication or phone if you’re having an issue. Otherwise, you may want to try online counseling if you need it.
If you’re traveling, you should do your research on where you’re going and how to get to everything you want to. Going in blind can sometimes be fun, but the problem when you have a plan and are pressed for time. You dont want to spend time stressing when you should enjoy your vacation. Always double check and make a plan beforehand.
Another concern you may have when you’re traveling is getting sick. Besides physically threatening, this can have a negative impact on your mental health too. If you’re going to another country, make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations and look out for any health concerns going in. Keep your immune system up and healthy any way you can. If you’re sleep deprived, lie low until you catch up on sleep, as this can have an impact on your immune system and increase your chances of sickness.
If you’re traveling for a long time, you can get homesick, even if your trip is amazing. How can you prevent this? One way is to know your limits and keep the vacation that perfect length. If you are homesick, perhaps do something to keep your mind off it, or bring a memento to remind you of home.
Travel is amazing, but make sure you know and attempt to prevent the few risks that come with it. With that said, the mental health benefits do outweigh the risks.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
The post Mental Health Dangers to Look Out for When Traveling appeared first on Pommie Travels.