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Faculty of Medicine-Cairo University

  • April 26, 2017

Travelling vs. Depression

Have you ever done it?! Have you ever been in a situation where you had a crappy job (or no job), hated your education (or weren’t getting any), didn’t have a good love life or social life, or felt so down about life in general, and one day decided to leave your normal life and travel somewhere for whatever amount of time?

Well, why not?! When you travel, you start appreciating the little things: raindrops in puddles; stars shining in the sky, lighting your steps; flowers teetering; the wind tousling your hair. You start finding happiness in those tiny things, and that’s a big step towards overcoming depression!

Putting things into perspective

When you’re depressed, your problem takes over your reality and seems too big to handle. But during your travels, you will come across many people who are dealing with much worse, but are still smiling through it all. Meeting new people and hearing their stories will help you gather strength to face your own sorrows.

Meeting people

While travelling, you will find people you click with. People who don’t have their judgments and perceptions in place like those at home do, people who will listen to your problems with an open mind and an open heart, people who will help you make sense of what’s going on. And a little bit of loving never hurt anybody.

Changing your outlook

Your problems weigh you down way too much when you’re at home. Travelling keeps you busy doing something you love. Whether it’s planning or undertaking the adventure itself, when you’re busy, you won’t have time to think about what’s bumming you out.

Appreciating those around you more

When you’re depressed, you start pushing your family, partner, and your friends away, but when you travel away from your home, you start missing those important people and start cherishing them even more! Once you’re back, you can let them in and they can start helping you heal.

Really knowing yourself

Travelling will help you find yourself. You may end up finding a purpose and discovering yourself, as “life starts when you get out of your comfort zone.”

And after all, as St. Augustine says, “the world is a book and those who don’t travel, read only one page.”

 

Photo from: hittaupplevelse.se

Author: Hadeer Ali

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