How to Travel on Vacation with Depression – with The Sims

How to Travel on Vacation with Depression – with The Sims

There’s plenty of information and advice online
about how to deal with post-travel depression. But what if you have clinical depression and
you’re worried about it ruining the actual vacation? You can’t put your life on hold while you’re
dealing with depression, and you may have family or friends who want to get away. Don’t just give up on the idea of a vacation
away from home. If you do some planning and soul-searching
ahead of time, it’s much more likely that you’ll have a good time, even with depression. First of all, have a realistic mindset about
your vacation. Make sure that you are not looking to this
vacation to cure your depression, or even alleviate it temporarily while you’re traveling. There’s definitely a chance you will feel
better when you’re on vacation. Most people, depressed or not, feel better
when they’re away from the usual obligations and stressors. However, if you’re counting on this happening
and it doesn’t, you’ll be disappointed, and possibly on a vacation that’s not a good
fit for a person with depression. You need to plan for the mood you might have,
not the one that you hope you’ll have. Spend a lot of time thinking about your vacation
and how you might feel when you’re away. Don’t think of it in terms of colorful travel
brochures or the great time you had on a vacation when you weren’t depressed. Think about what will be enjoyable and not
overly stressful for you. Do you feel wonderful just lounging in the
sun by a pool? Or does another country, with new foods, culture
and history to absorb make you feel more alive? Don’t go with what you think you should
want. Don’t say to yourself, “Well, I’ve spent
the last few vacations lying on a beach, so I really should go somewhere new.” When you’re depressed, you need to be true
to yourself and to what makes you happy. Do Your Research. Do some serious research and not just by watching
travel programming. It might change your mind about potential
locations. For example, you might long for a trip to
Venice for the rambling walks in the tiny streets, the chance to lean on a bridge and
watch the gondolas go by, shop for the famous Venetian glass and maybe enjoy a leisurely
espresso at a cafe on St. Mark’s Square. The reality is that Venice is now packed with
tourists due, to a great extent, to cruise ships. It’s a small city, and on most days there
are an average of 60,000 people, half of them tourists, crowding those tiny streets and
bridges. For someone with depression, especially if
they also have anxiety, the thought of fighting crowds like that just to get anywhere is overwhelming,
not enjoyable. Researching your possible destinations thoroughly,
including when places like Venice will be less busy, can help prevent vacation disasters. Plan for contingencies. You may decide that camping sounds like a
wonderful idea, especially since you know that being out in natural surroundings is
good for your depression. Hiking in the woods, fishing in a beautiful
lake, sitting around a campfire at night before sleeping in a tent surrounded by nature and
fresh air…it does sound wonderful. But what happens if it rains, and you’re
spending your vacation in a leaky tent just hoping the weather will change? If you’re one of those lucky people who are
perfectly happy hiking and fishing in the rain, great. If not, you can imagine what your depression
brain will start saying. It’ll probably berate you for not thinking
of the possible problems, and you’ll spend your time depressed and regretful. Instead, you could consider staying in a cabin
instead of doing the full back to nature camping. If it rains, you can hang out inside in front
of the fireplace, nice and dry, and relax with a book. The point is, think of contingencies in case
nature or circumstances don’t provide that perfect vacation, and you’re much more likely
to enjoy yourself. Plan, plan, plan, and organize. Speaking of contingencies, get all the details
worked out beforehand and plan and organize compulsively. Research backup plans for every location. Double-check and confirm everything a few
days before you leave. If you’re not the kind of person who would
do that anyway, maybe that sounds like a lot of work, but having to find somewhere to stay
in a foreign country when your hotel booking falls through will be completely overwhelming
to you if you have depression and no backup plan. People with depression generally don’t handle
spontaneity well. Speaking of, avoid the comfortable familiar. When you have depression, you tend to crave
the familiar. When you’re traveling, you need to resist
that impulse, or you’ll return home with a whole lot of regrets. Yes, you can probably still get your morning
coffee at Starbucks, since they’re everywhere except Pluto, but you owe it to yourself to
explore the local coffee houses. Keep a travel journal. Consider keeping a travel journal. You may think that you’ll always remember
how you felt when you saw fields of lavender in Provence, or the Crown Jewels at the Tower
of London, or ate lobster rolls on a beautiful day on a wharf with the tang of sea in the
air. Photos certainly help to preserve your vacation
memories, but writing down your feelings and thoughts at the time can bring more meaning
out of the experience. When you return. Even people who don’t have depression can
have what’s called post-travel depression. Things are back to everyday normal, which
can seem pretty blah after an enjoyable vacation away from the everyday. So people with clinical depression can really
feel down after a trip. There are a few ways to inoculate yourself
against it, though. Before you go on vacation, plan some events
for after your trip. Get tickets for something you enjoy, like
a concert, a museum show or a weekend class, something you’ll have to look forward to. Start planning your next vacation. For many people it’s the best part. Even if you don’t have a firm date, armchair
travel can help to fill that need. Go over your travel journal and your photos. This is a great reason to keep a travel journal. It will help to cement those memories, which
can be a little harder to hold onto for people with depression. Above all, be proud of yourself for going
on a vacation away when you have depression. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it’s
so much better for you than hiding away at home and missing out on the stimulation that
travel can bring. We hope that this video has been helpful. Please consider sharing your travel experience
in the comments. We’d love to hear about them.

2 thoughts on “How to Travel on Vacation with Depression – with The Sims

  1. Hey! What a beautiful Video! Im very grad my creation made it into your Video! This makes me look at it a little different, cause i had several flashbacks to my childhood travels doing this. Im happy i discovered this! ?

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