Here the author throws light on some of the major ways in which traveling can lessen the depression.
We all face setbacks at some point in our life. Modern time Lifestyle, the pressure of the corporate responsibilities, falling prey to dirty politics in the offices, getting bullied and various traumatic situations make even the tough people depressed. There are various types of depression.
How traveling helps to maintain good mental health is a viral topic on the internet. I would like to throw a thoughtful beam of light on how traveling lowers your depression. Depression can stay for a whole decade or it can go within a few days depending upon what you have been through and what kind of treatment are you getting. In the early stages of depression, traveling can be a great boon.
But, If you are suffering from chronic depression it is recommended to take medication or therapy. However, setting yourself free from the routine and traveling in addition to medication or therapy is a more effective way to overcome chronic depression.
1. Meditation Camps
Yes of course you can meditate at home or any silent place near your home. meditating and doing yoga in groups has its benefits. It not only calms your mind but you travel to a peaceful place where you connect to the different kinds of people and together you bring back the lost bliss in your lives.
These camps are located in areas rich in vegetation and soothing landscapes. After all, the aura does play a major role especially if you are suffering from depression. The change in the air, ambiance, and isolation from the tedious routine can bring back your depression levels to normal.
You can find many camps in India that have transformed the lives of depressed people. Volunteering in such events implants the feeling of serving for the welfare of mankind instead of serving the self-centered ego and rising the levels of depression if someone tried to hurt the ego.
2. Solo Ventures
This is for all the frustrated and depressed people. But this is exclusively for all my introverted friends. You can plan a solo trip to a beach or at the top of a peak to connect with nature.
Many people like solo meditation in such serene environments. You can focus on the sound of the water dripping from the leaves of the trees, chirping birds, the sound of the waves while meditating. You are on your own. nobody is directing your way. you are getting to know yourself even better by spending the alone time which will later break you free from the nervous breakdowns. You can instill a childlike curiosity just like you had when you were a kid. You can run with the butterfly, watch a flying bird just like a child as you will be more conscious and in the moment.
You don't have to stay all alone in a dense forest like bear Grylls (though you can). All you have to do is put yourself in an ambiance where you can explore the world as well as yourself. Solo ventures are also preferred by various artists as they get new ideas when they are on their own at an unknown or awe-inspiring destination.
3. Studious Mindset
If life is seeming tasteless. If you have lost the zest. If all the help available on the internet is tried and tested by you but still you can't get rid of nervous breakdowns, Then you must set yourself on a 40 days venture. Just get out and go to your favorite travel spot. It may be a beach, museum, or hilltop. Observe the place and try to converse with the locals.
If you are visiting a groovy metro then go and talk to the hipsters. Setting the studious mode while traveling brings your attention to a new world. When you come back home, to your surprise you get a completely new attitude to face your problems. The key is doing something that you don't usually do.
Making the observations. This needs conscious involvement. You must leave your tensions back at home. Yes, it will take some time as the worries will try to grab you. But while making observations you will get a view of the big picture. The prize is worth doing it.
Once I went to a trek. Beautiful nature, astounding scenery, and lovely climate. But when I looked at the homes of the locals I felt sad. They were leaving in cottages in a remote area. They were lacking many modern facilities.
They were feeding their tummies on the income they get from the tourists every monsoon. I recalled the facilities that I have. To go there and wish that you will like to stay in such a beautiful place forever is one thing but to stay there is another thing. Our group provided help to these people.
We help them financially. We also handed them some clothes. When you are at your sweet home, your depressed mind thinks that your miseries are the greatest of all. Then you step out to hear the needy screams. You end up helping them and in turn, you can find your depression getting dissipated. Most of you have experienced this. That's the art of giving.
You can do online donations. But going out and serving the people will help you forget about your tiny world and its problems. Even the depressed introverts have benefited from this.
Here's my quote related to this point -
"Leaving behind all your sorrows at the doorstep, you step out to listen to the cries of the world. At some point in the conversation,
the talking world, and the listening you start laughing. Then you return happily to your doorstep to find the sorrows fade away."
4. No Screen Weekend
Technology is advancing, but it is having its adverse effects on the human mind. Those who are not depressed knows how to utilize the smartphone for their benefits. But those who are too addicted to the devices and the devices control them, then they are increasing their anxiety.
If they are already going through depression they feel temporarily better by such addictions but in the long term, they are getting anxious. depression, plus the anxiety that comes due to the rush of social media's competition to stay updated is affecting human health.
Due to this, depressed victims lack the rest they usually need. To avoid further strain on your nervous system you will have to break free from the digital world on the weekends. you can plan a family trip or a friend's meeting where the party has only one rule - don't use the phones.
Following this rule at home can be a difficult task and there are chances of cheating. But when you are out at an amazing sight it's easy to engage with the people, place, and the nature of the place.
Concluding words- There are many ways to overcome depression. Traveling is a change from your daily monotonous chores, so its one of the coolest tool to help your depressed friends go out on a tour that refreshes his soul and repolishes his attitude and makes him realize there are many things to live for and his problem is just a teensy-weensy speck compared to the entire universe.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Niks
Niks (author) from India on August 02, 2021:
You are welcome. John, I'm glad that you liked this article. Traveling is not only a boon to the depressed but for the one who wants some vacation break before returning to the work desk.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 01, 2021:
Niks, you offer wonderful and wise advice in this article. Taking a vacation or break, and just changing our daily routine and way of thinking can certainly reduce or dissipate depression. Thank you for sharing.
Niks (author) from India on August 01, 2021:
Yeah, I agree. Vacations are a great break from the routine, making us feel awesome. Thanks for your precious comment, Brenda.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:
Vacation always seems to make me feel like I'm on top of the world.
I can see how it can help.
Niks (author) from India on July 24, 2020:
Thanks, Mitu. I appreciate your comment.
Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:
Wow Niks! Apt pictures and wisely said.
Niks (author) from India on July 01, 2020:
Peggy, the way you are spending the "meantime" is noteworthy. I do hope that real soon things will be favorable for the travelers.
Niks (author) from India on July 01, 2020:
Hey Manuela. Thanks. Yes, I agree with you. Traveling truly is a great natural anti-depressant.
Manuela from Portugal on June 30, 2020:
Travelling is a way to enrich our souls, it is great to fight depression.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2020:
Traveling to sites of natural beauty such as national parks can indeed refresh the soul. I look forward to being able to do more of that after we get past the pandemic. In the meantime, just enjoying sunlit days, the rustling of the leaves of a tree, or looking at blooming flowers can lift one's spirits.
Niks (author) from India on June 28, 2020:
Thanks, JC. Happy to receive your comment. Keep coming back.
JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on June 25, 2020:
Very good article.
Niks (author) from India on June 22, 2020:
Yes, Travel is indeed a great teacher. Whether you wander alone or with your dear ones, traveling is one of the best medicine for mental well being.
Niks (author) from India on June 22, 2020:
Thanks a lot, Risha for reading my hub. I just tried to explain the ways to eliminate depression. Yes, the world is going through a situation where one can't travel much. But soon things will be like before.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2020:
Niks, you offer wonderful advice here. What better ways to overcome depression than by traveling to beautiful places and doing things out of your comfort zone, whether alone or with others. Thank you for sharing.
Risha Khan from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh on June 22, 2020:
As I was reading your article, I felt like packing up bags and go for a solo trip. But because of lockdown, I don't think this is possible now. I could visit a library or go for a "no screen weekend". I had no idea that traveling could also be a great idea to cope up with depression. Thanks for sharing!!!!