Here’s a scary statistic for you:
Around 450 million people currently suffer from [mental illness], placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
Can we please just take a moment to let that sink in? 450 MILLION people.
The WHO also reports that ‘one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives’. Which means that, chances are, one out of the four people you see at the airport, or hanging out at the backpackers, or rocking out at a music festival will be experiencing some form of mental illness.
And I used to be one of them.
For eight long years, I suffered from depression and anxiety and it cost me dearly. Jobs, opportunities, friends. even my marriage. So when I decided to go travelling solo around Europe in 2012, my biggest fear wasn’t getting stranded or being mugged – it was how I would be able to travel when I was having constant, crippling panic attacks.
After a 6-hour meltdown whilst flying from Sydney to Jakarta (trust me, nothing sucks more than losing your shit whilst flying at 30,000ft), I was thought the journey was going to be over before it started. But I dug deep, continued to transit across three more countries, and two days later found myself in Germany.
I never had another panic attack whilst travelling again.
Now, I’m not a doctor and I don’t think that all of life’s problems can be solved with a pill – let’s just make that clear. But there are certain precautions that you can take to ensure that you can still travel – and love every moment – even when suffering from mental illness.
Is it harder? Definitely. Scarier? Hell yes. But is it worth it? You better believe it.
Here’s how I’ve learnt to travel like a rockstar whilst carrying some extra baggage. and I ain’t talking about my luggage:
1. Talk to your doctor. Before I leave home I always consult with my healthcare professional to make sure I’ve got everything I need: prescriptions, dosages, and emergency contact details. Even now, after so many years and countries travelled, I always pack an emergency stash of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication just in case. I may not use them, but at least I know they are there if I need them.
2. Pack your coping strategies. Breathing techniques. Meditation. Journalling. Whatever works for you, whatever pulls you out of those deeply scary moments when your mind is taking over your body; remember to use them if the situation calls for it. Just because you’re going overseas, doesn’t mean you have to be some big, brave, intrepid traveller who loses all sense of routine straight away.
3. Something old, something new, something familiar for when you’re blue. Homesickness can be a motherf*cker for even the most mentally strong of travellers. I recommend taking something comforting to remind you of home or something that you associate with happiness. When you feel those pangs of anxiety starting to kick in, just cuddle up and let your senses enjoy the comfort of something familiar.
4. Get your paperwork sorted. I never leave home without a letter from my doctor clearly stating my pre-existing medical conditions and what medication I am authorised to travel with. Even though I no longer have active symptoms or occurrences of depression or anxiety, I still take precautions to ensure that, if they were to return whilst I was abroad, I could go to a health professional to get the help I need with valid medical evidence.
5. Monitor your intake. Travelling can play havoc on the body and mind: late nights, early mornings, little sleep, long hours spent in transit, questionable food choices, irregular exercise, alcohol, partying, sex. Travelling is rarely a relaxing, zen-like experience and keeping the body/mind balance can be difficult.
Watch your alcohol consumption; don’t mix meds and booze (the outcome is rarely good); try to eat healthy, vitamin-rich whole food options when available, and get some sleep. Keep track of your medication intake and maintain routine – don’t suddenly stop taking them or forget your dosage and double up. You may have to do a little more ‘behind the scenes’ work than other travellers, but your mind will thank you for it in the long run.
6. Get outside your comfort zone. This is possibly the scariest, but most rewarding part of travelling with a pre-existing mental condition. A big part of having anxiety is fear, and what better way to overcome that by facing it front on? I’m not saying you have to go skydiving or get a face tattoo, but challenge yourself to break free of the restrictions of your mind and just have a go. Meet new people, try new things, say ‘YES’ to adventures. You’ll find that it gets easier the more you do it.
7. It’s okay to share. It is perfectly acceptable to tell people about your condition, if you choose to do so. Having a travel buddy that knows the basics of your mental health status and what to do in an emergency situation is not only okay, but also sensible. You don’t have to tell everyone but confiding in a trusted person will give you peace of mind and (hopefully) a helping hand if shit gets gnarly.
8. Believe in yourself. Above all else, this is the key to successfully travelling with mental illness. At the end of the day, you can pack as much as you want, be insured up to the eyeballs and plan for anything, but if you haven’t got the mind power to believe in yourself, you’re screwed. Know that you can do this, no matter what your head or other people may say. You may leave home a shaking, trembling, pill-popping, knee-knocking mess, but I guarantee that you won’t come back the same.
Is travelling a miracle cure? Hell no. But is it a powerful tool that could be the key to your recovery? I believe so. I know it’s what saved me.
By Jonathan Berg
I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started my career at a nonprofit office job, thinking that was what I wanted. But the traditional professional life was something I couldn’t live up to, and I frequently used travel to re-center. I’m very lucky to have turned it into a career, because I’ve learned that travel can be one of the most incredible experiences for those of us struggling with our mental health.
For many of us, myself included, it can be hard to get out of bed some days. Depression comes crashing down, and just the thought of moving becomes overwhelming. Needless to say, the idea of journeying to the other side of the world can seem downright impossible.
But I’ve found that waking up in a new place can be very effective in breaking a downward spiral into an extended depression. My brain becomes too preoccupied with learning about a new place to focus on my mood. That said, traveling with a mood disorder also has its perils. So here are some tips and lessons (some of which I learned the hard way). May they help you, too!
Before You Go
Make Sure You Have Enough Medication. Most of us go month-to-month on our meds. That can be a challenge for an extended trip that overlaps with your refill period. I usually work with my doctor to get a two-month’s supply when I know I have a trip coming up to help with that issue. My pharmacy is also aware that I travel often and works with me to push up refill dates if needed.
Brief Travel Companions on Your Needs. Solo travel is easier for me in many ways because I don’t have to justify my emotional needs to anyone. However, when I travel with others, I try to discuss with them what I need (downtime, alone time, etc.) before we go. That way, we can work out systems that allow me to get what I need within the framework of our trip.
For example, I love taking road trips with my father, and it’s something we’ve been doing since I was a little kid. One of the systems we have in place is that when I feel like I need some alone time, we stay at a hotel with one-bedroom suites. He sleeps in the bedroom, and I sleep on the couch in the living room. Just that one wall and a few feet gives me the precious personal space I need.
Plan. For many of us with mood disorders, our anxiety worsens with the unknown—so having a plan can help with that. This doesn’t mean I have every day planned out, but I go into a trip with at least a rough itinerary. I also try to alternate busy days with lighter days to build in some downtime for myself.
Prioritize Self-Care. I refuse to neglect my self-care when traveling. For me, emotional balance begins with a good night’s sleep (at least eight hours, preferably more). I’ve accepted that this means I will rarely enjoy the nightlife in a new place, and I’m okay with that.If your self-care involves exercise, meditation or something else, structure that into your trip. Try to find hotels with fitness centers, room in your suitcase for your meditation materials, or anything else you may need.
Know Your Triggers. Our illnesses (unfortunately) don’t disappear because we’re on vacation. Our triggers are there as well, so we need to continuously pay attention to situations that can activate them. Knowing what our triggers are ahead of time can help us avoid things that might set them off, but sometimes it still happens. What do we do then?
When I was in Japan, I visited the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It was extremely crowded, and at one point, people were all around me, and I felt like I was trapped. I had a panic attack, and I decided that rather than push
through the rest of my day, I would take care of my needs and leave. I told my travel companion that I would meet him back at our hotel, and I left.
Practice Self-Compassion. This one is still hard for me. After a situation like the one in Kyoto, my natural inclination is to be upset with myself. What I (and my illness) needed that day prevented me from seeing a place I wanted to see. While shame, guilt or disappointment might be our natural first reaction, it’s important to then be compassionate with ourselves. Doing what is necessary to maintain balance is hard, and doing it at the expense of something we were looking forward to is even harder. We make tough choices like that every day, but prioritizing our emotional needs is never the wrong choice.
Keep Your Support Structure Engaged. For some people, this means doctors or therapists. For others, like me, it means certain friends and family members. My friend Ana is one of my first calls when I have panic attacks or depression spirals at home. So even when I was in Kyoto, she was my first call when I got back to the hotel. Hearing her voice, even while on the other side of the world, made me feel like I wasn’t helpless or isolated just because I was gone.I do my best to make sure my support structure is aware of what’s going on with me while I’m gone, and I have emergency procedures in place with my therapist and psychiatrist just in case.
After You Return
Update Your Doctor and Therapist. I find it helpful to do a “debrief” with both my psychiatrist and therapist when I return from a trip. What situations did I handle well? What do I wish I would’ve handled differently? How did my meds work in a completely different environment? I believe that we learn by doing, and keeping the professionals we trust informed of our discoveries along the way is important.
Congratulate Yourself. Regardless of whether or not you handled every situation in a way you consider “perfect,” you were able to travel with a mood disorder. That is an accomplishment that needs to be celebrated! Look through your photos, tell stories to your friends, and know that if you did this, you can do anything.
Jonathan Berg is a volunteer facilitator for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the founder and editor of the travel blog The Royal Tour (www.theroyaltourblog.com). He struggles to keep his bipolar disorder in check and shares his adventures and struggles with his readers.
Note: This piece is a reprint from the Fall 2017 Advocate.
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Travel can mean different things to different people. For me, travel is a lifeline, taking me out of my day-to-day and breaking a routine that can, at times, feel stifling. Travel encourages me to open my heart and mind, ensuring that I never return the same as I left. Upon returning from a trip, I often feel like I have shed a few old layers of my person, emerging renewed and refreshed.
In my life, travel is a form of therapy, providing a canvas upon which to unfurl various facets of myself. But travel isn’t my only therapy. I have been in talk therapy on-and-off since I was a kid, and I struggle with depression and anxiety. While in the thick of my struggles as a teenager, leaving home for months by myself to travel to faraway lands where I knew no one wouldn’t have been realistic. Thankfully, through baby steps and trial and error, I now feel capable of embarking on international adventures while preserving my mental balance.
Travel can be therapeutic, but it also can be immensely anxiety-provoking. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons. Travel is freeing and exciting, but it can also be tough at times. Confronting new environments and experiences can be daunting, especially if you struggle with anxiety like I do. It’s easy to endlessly worry about what will happen during your trip. Safety, comfort, and meeting basic daily needs are all reasonable concerns, but at the same time, you can’t let your emotions take you hostage and dictate your trip.
The biggest challenges I faced occurred while I was traveling alone. It can be hard to be alone; it took me a few tries to really begin to enjoy it. You need to have a level of self-confidence that I once lacked. But once you do begin to enjoy it, successfully traveling alone is deeply rewarding. Being alone means you are responsible for yourself, a burden that can get heavy at times. There is no one else to rely on, and that lack of options can be stressful. It also means you can get into your own head, living in a bubble of your own thoughts and experiences without outside interaction to interrupt. What is most important is to remember is that you are stronger than you know, capable of facing any challenge that comes your way. Everything you need is already within you. With a little prep work, like the tips ahead, you can make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.
Travel is great way to rejuvenate your mind.
After graduating from college, I went alone and joined a three-week budget tour of Scandinavia. I probably matured more on that trip than in my four years of college, just by virtue of facing unfamiliar people and situations, which greatly helped some strong social anxiety I struggled with.
Our tour group itself came from all over: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and more. As a “budget” tour, we had to sleep in tiny cabins and hostels and sometimes cook and clean our own meals together outside. The low point was when I got horribly ill from stomach flu at the top of Norway and endured walking back and forth several hundred feet from the small cabin to vomit in an outside bathroom with arctic winds blowing across the rocky, hilly tundra under the midnight sun.
Nonetheless, the experience made me grateful for little things afterward, like having an indoor bathroom or being able to hold down your meal. I also saw gorgeous and amazing art, architecture, seascapes, history, and ate the freshest seafood. I still remember the most delicious soup I’ve ever had, at the Finnish border: made of reindeer broth.
Afterward, I understood why some Australians apparently followed a cultural tradition of working temporary jobs for half a year to save up money to spend on traveling for the other half: living to travel.
While the practical reality of money, health, and job and family obligations certainly matter and affect people’s ability to travel, whenever possible, travel is a worthy and sometimes underestimated goal for our daily existence.
Americans reportedly often decline to take any eligible vacation time during the year and tend to overwork themselves. Still, several articles and studies have noted the significant psychological benefits of travel. Travel acts beneficially on multiple levels.
Travel disrupts your routine and introduces novelty to your brain, which improves cognition and helps reactivate reward circuits. You have to think about how to get through new neighborhoods, new transportation patterns, new customs, and rules.
Initially, such changes can be stressful and frustrating, as anyone who has dealt with minor annoyances like different toilets or trouble getting change back for large bills knows. But ultimately, your brain can benefit from being put on its toes; according to Brent Crane’s article in The Atlantic, the cognitive flexibility helps stimulate neuroplasticity. This, in turn, can help generate creativity that persists even when travelers return home and helps with innovative idea generation at their jobs.
Travel helps on an interpersonal growth level as well; seeing different people and cultures and encountering them directly as individuals and human beings opens yourself to becoming more tolerant and flexible about unfamiliar ways of life. Your sense of empathy can increase, which can help you feel better able to negotiate interpersonal issues back home as well. You can also learn and appreciate things to seek out and continue enjoying at home, like a delicious dish or a new genre of music.
Travel itself can be a break from stressors piled up back home; a literal escape where you can focus on your own pleasure and yourself can be a welcome change of pace, and help reduce your body’s stress hormone overdrive. Even when you return to stressors back home, the memories encoded by travel help maintain a “zen space” you can revisit whenever you need. Mindfulness techniques often recommend returning to a beautiful or peaceful memory to help restore calm and balance anywhere you are.
Overall, travel is a way to even temporarily provide the goal of living life for its own sake, apart from the drudgery of daily responsibility and routine. It helps with personal growth and appreciation, and can also benefit mood and intellect. If you have the means to build travel into your schedule, by all means, do so.
Ecotherapy is a form of treatment that places nature at the centre of healing and recovery from mental health disorders.
Treatment for irregularities in mental health have evolved over the years. Aside from prescribed medication, forms of behavioural therapy have consistently been used to assist individuals struggling with mental health disorders. One such form of treatment that has gained traction over the years is Ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is a form of therapeutic treatment which involves outdoor activities in nature. These activities are led by certified mental health professionals who offer support, focus and guidance. The core principle of ecotherapy is based on exploring and appreciating the natural world which in turn positively impacts one’s mental health.
The Science Of Ecotherapy
Research over the years has highlighted how a natural environment boosts both physical and mental wellbeing. A systematic review looked at how natural environments benefitted health. The results showed that activities like walking or running in a public park can reduce stress, and improve both wellbeing and self-esteem.
Ecotherapy sessions often follow a structure that involve types of talking therapy like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). A group of researchers at the University of Essex found that in a group of people battling depression, 90 per cent felt a higher level of self-esteem after a walk through a country park. Further, almost three-quarters reported feeling less depressed. Another survey by the same team of researchers found that 94 per cent of people with mental illnesses believed that being out amidst nature put them in a more positive mood.
Nature is known to have a therapeutic effect because of its ability to quieten and calm the mind. Urban lifestyles often leave people feeling isolated, with overwhelming, chaotic thoughts that mirror the events they see unfold around them. In such a scenario, being out amidst nature offers a kind of isolation that is rejuvenating and allows people to ‘slow down.’ Scientists have also found that mindful responsiveness to nature helps in enhanced growth of nerve cells and neuron circuits.
What Comprises Ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy includes a range of methods to help individuals cope with their mental health troubles. Prolonged periods in the wilderness, gardening, meditation and yoga in open spaces are some examples of exposure to nature that helps people concentrate on the here and now. The aim of ecotherapy is to also eliminate over-stimulating someone’s mind and lead them to a space of complete relaxation. An environment of solitude with the absence of external pressure is crucial to helping people feel that they have better control over their lives which in turn boosts their self-esteem.
Some specific forms of eco-therapy include:
- Adventure therapy: Where you can engage in adventurous physical activities like rock climbing or caving.
- Animal-assisted therapy: This involves building a therapeutic relationship with animals like dogs (preferably in an open space).
- Care farming: In this form of eco-therapy you can look after farm animals and grow crops; activities that mimic a more traditional, rustic way of living.
Is Simply Being Out In The Open Enough For Mental Health?
While there’s no doubt that ecotherapy helps people psychologically and spiritually by rebuilding their relationship with nature, it is not the only cure to mental health disorders. Asking someone suffering from depression to ‘go take a walk in the woods’ isn’t going to cure their depression. Each individual reacts to different forms of therapy in their own way. While someone might respond to medication, another person might need counselling. Ecotherapy is one such option that can be experimented with, while on the road to recovery from mental health disorders.
Aside from ecotherapy’s relationship to mental health, being outdoors as a practice is always beneficial. Engaging with nature allows all of us to disconnect and find peace and calm in our natural surroundings. Making an outdoor activity a part of your routine is sure to have a positive impact on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. If you’re not in a position to actually go out on a trip to connect with nature, a simple walk through your neighbourhood park is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.
Self-Help Tips for Dealing with Mental Illness
- Post author:Diane L
- Post published: July 29, 2021
- Post category:Taking Care of Yourself
Living with mental health illness isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It can be a constant issue that doesn’t have a solution that’s clear. Yes, things like psychotherapy and medications can be helpful. There are times when people with these types of issues need a bit more when it comes to feeling good on a daily basis.
Some of the more common self-help tips that people get to aid with mental health illness like bipolar disorder symptoms include advice like being more present, meditate, and exercise. These tips can be helpful and may work for quite a few people, but if you’re still curious, you can even take an online am I bipolar quiz . That said, there are other methods that could help but aren’t mentioned very much. Many of these are quick and easy things that can be added to any daily routine with ease.
Locating the right mechanism to cope can take patience and time. However, if you’re dealing with something like anxiety or depression , these little things can massively impact the way you feel. If you’ve tried things before with no success, or are looking for a few more to add to the coping toolkit you’re building, here’s a quick look at a few things that can help. Of course, you want to make sure you speak to your physician first.
This can be described as totally and completely accepting things from the bottom of your soul, with your mind and your heart. Included in the definition of radical acceptance is the concept that regardless, a situation can’t be changed.
As an example, if there’s a tornado heading for you, nothing you can do will stop it. That said, if you accept it, you’ll be able to act and do something to protect yourself. The same concept holds true with mental illness. You can’t change them, so find ways to act and do something to take care of yourself.
This next tip might seem as if it’s an annoying cliché, but it’s so much more. The ideal way to calm excess anxiety is simply by doing a bit of deep breathing .
Have you tried the 5-3-7 method? This is where you’ll breathe in for a count of five and then hold that breath for a count of three. Finally, breathe out for a count of seven. This is a gentle sort of repetition that will send a message to your brain that if all isn’t well right now, it will be soon. In a few minutes, your heart will begin to slow, and you’ll start relaxing.
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When people live in denial of their emotions, it takes longer for those emotions to be dealt with. However, once we recognize exactly what we’re feeling, we’ll be able to tackle either the emotion itself or its catalyst. If you’re feeling some kind of way, allow yourself to feel that way for a few minutes and then meditate. Be closely in tune with your emotions. Accept that you’re feeling whatever way you’re feeling, and then take some action that will diminish feelings that aren’t healthy.
It takes both persistence and strength to recover from mental illness – even to just keep fighting your symptoms in an effort to feel better. Even when you feel as if you’re powerless and weak against the things you battle on a daily basis, you need to understand that simply living through them makes you a strong person. Simple and practical methods can assist you with your fight. Take techniques like radical acceptance, deep breathing, and emotional awareness into your consideration, and you’ll find that if you begin to use them consistently, there’ll begin to be a clear and positive change in your life and the way you feel.
1 in 5 of us lives with a mental illness.
This means every one of us has a family member or loved one affected by mental illness. Like any other health problem, someone with a mental illness needs all of your love and support.
Many people often ask, “How do I know when to help?” Some signs that a friend or family member may have a mental illness and could need your help are:
- They suddenly no longer have interest in things they used to enjoy
- They seem angry or sad for little or no reason
- They don’t seem to enjoy anything anymore
- They have told you about or seem to be hearing voices or having unsettling thoughts
- They seem emotionally numb, like they don’t feel anything anymore
- They eat a lot more or less than they used to
- Their sleep patterns have changed
- They seem to be anxious or terrified about situations or objects in life that seem normal to you and to others
- They’ve been missing more and more time from work or school
- They’ve been drinking heavily and/or using drugs to cope
- They are avoiding their close friends and family members.
- They are talking about taking their life or feeling hopeless
Support from family and friends is a key part of helping someone who is living with mental illness. This support provides a network of practical and emotional help. These networks can be made up of parents, children, siblings, spouses or partners, extended families, close friends, coworkers, coaches, teachers, and religious leaders.
Caring for anyone living with illness can be challenging. In order to best do so, here are a few tips to help you support someone living with mental illness.
- Learn about the illness and its signs and symptoms. Also, learn more about how treatments work so that you know what side effects and improvements you may see.
At the bottom of this article, find links to learn about more than 12 of the more common mental illnesses.
- Encourage treatment. Offer to help make those first appointments with a doctor to find out what’s wrong or accompany the person to the doctor-these first steps can be hard. If you do accompany the person, write down any notes or questions either of you have in advance so that you cover all the major points.
- Help set specific goals that are realistic and can be approached one step at a time.
- Don’t assume you know what the person needs. Ask how you can help. Listen carefully to the response.
- Provide emotional support. You can play an important role in helping someone who’s not feeling well feel less alone and ashamed. They are not to blame for their illness, but they may feel that they are. Help encourage hope.
Although ultimate responsibility lies with the person living with the illness, you can play an active role in your friend or loved one’s treatment.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals are increasingly recommending couple- and family-based treatment programs. Families and friends can be important advocates to help loved ones get through those hard, early stages of having a mental illness. They can help their loved one find out what treatment is best for them. They can also be key in letting professionals know what’s going on, filling in parts of the picture that the person who’s ill may not be well enough to describe on their own. This might also include helping a partner adhere to a treatment plan developed with the therapist to control anxiety responses in situations when the therapist is not present.
For someone with OCD, this plan might limit how often the patient may engage in a ritual. The partner helps discourage the patient from repeatedly performing the ritual and positively reinforces ritual-free periods of time.
When helping someone with their own recovery, it is important to remember that it is extremely important for you to take care of yourself and maintain your own support system. Having friends and family to confide in — as well as assist you when your loved one cannot — is vital. Don’t give up your own life and interests. Engage in your outside interests and hobbies for a break from the stresses of daily life. Make sure to set boundaries, decide what your limits are, and inform your friend or loved one. These might be emotional, financial, or physical.
Most importantly, seek professional help for yourself, if necessary. The recovery process can be stressful and your well-being is just as important as your friend or loved one.
Although they can be scary, it is important to remember that brain and behavior disorders are treatable. Individuals with these conditions can live full and healthy lives, especially if they seek treatment as needed. Now more than ever, it is important to reduce stigma and encourage people not to suffer in silence, but to seek help. Always remember that with help, there is hope.
– Written by Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. This blog post also appears on the Gravity Blankets Blog.
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Distractions can come in various types and kinds, one of which is your health conditions.
Mental illness is one of the most significant factors affecting a person’s ability to perform well in all aspects. For a business traveler, this kind of health matter shouldn’t be neglected. Your physical and mental well-being as a business traveler is paramount, as per the fact that frequent traveling can severely affect your mental health.
Persons under this profession are more prone to anxiety or depression since they travel more often, as stated from a study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Fight against mental illnesses while on a business trip, check out some of the essential tips we have from below.
Make It Your Priority
Before anything else, you should prioritize your health, particularly your mental state.
Apart from preparing your luggage, don’t hesitate to check out for the best medical attention.
Visiting your trusted doctor can help you a lot when it comes to maintaining good health right before you go for a business trip. They can also assist you with the appropriate medications you’ll need so you can guarantee an excellent trip ahead.
Consider Performing Mental Exercises
Apart from relaxation, trying to practice being mindful is also good. This practice can lessen your chance of gaining anxiety; moreover, it can also help you clear up your mind so you can manage your stress from work. Try having some time for meditation, it will help not just in developing your patience and self-confidence as well as acceptance, but it can also clear your mind for a much peaceful mind.
Eat Appropriate Food
Being healthy starts with what you feed yourself. While temptations may lead you to try some of the best delicacies from different places, you’ll likely end up feeding your body with lesser and lesser nutrients.
Don’t forget that healthy foods help in providing nutrients that your body needs to keep up from your work as well as to your mental health stability.
Keep Your Self Relaxed While On the Road
Reading books and listening to your favorite music while on the road is one of the best things to do to lessen your stress, however not at all times this will work.
Long road trips may not just bring you weariness but also anxiety. Still, with the most excellent transportation services, you can rest assure the best assistance and guarantee a superior quality service. Better have a luxury car hire with chauffeur for your next business trip to stay relaxed and composed throughout your journey.
Conclusion: Business traveling may sound very fancy as it offers you the chance to enjoy traveling around different places for free. However, this type of job is not just about leisure as it also focuses on the factors that can help your company grow, which makes it more complicated and hard to handle as a profession. Don’t let mental illness stop you, better check on your health, and always have the best of choices for yourself.