How to look after mental health while traveling.
‘All you changed while moving was your address.’
This a gentle reminder that although traveling can be such a great way to get out of your comfort zone and get headspace, it won’t automatically fix your mental health. I know we all make jokes about running away to a foreign country to fix all our problems but traveling can also be hard on your mental health.
Here are my top 8 tips for prioritizing your mental health while still traveling. 👇
1. Practice self-care
How to look after mental health while traveling; For me, this is yoga, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, reading, and listening to music. For you, it could look different, find what works for you and take time to prioritize these things. It can be so easy to get caught up in the likes of sightseeing and socializing with new friends but try your best to carve out time to do the things that recharge your battery.
2. Try online therapy
Most therapists can work online now which is handy for keeping up your sessions while traveling. I’ve done online sessions and it works similarly enough. My tip for doing therapy in hostels while backpacking is to book hostels that have co-working spaces, most of the time they have private meeting rooms that you can use for privacy. I also recommend reading through the reviews of hostels and making sure that there is strong wifi. Here are my top 10 tips for choosing a hostel.
3. Stay in social hostels
If you’re traveling alone, making friends and socializing can be a good way to take your mind off things. Check hostel world for the best ones in the country you’re traveling to. I recommend using hostel world to find good social hostels anywhere around the world.
4. Prioritize spending time alone
Contradicting my last point, sometimes you just need time alone. Socializing with new people can be really draining. Taking one night off plans with others isn’t going to hurt.
5. Have a plan
Sometimes being organized can help a lot, especially if traveling stresses you out. Plan your transport, accommodation, and places to eat if it makes you feel more at ease.
6. Bring reminders from home
Bring something from home that brings you comfort. Whether it’s photos, someone’s hoody, or an actual teddy.
7. Fuel your body
Food is literally one of my favorite parts of traveling, but sometimes eating heavy foods and drinking a lot can eventually make you feel sluggish and tired. Try fueling your body with nutritious foods and saying no to drinking some nights.
8. Surround yourself with positive people
Whether that’s the new friends that you make or checking in regularly with your close friends at home. I also think there can be a slight pressure to make new friends when you’re traveling. If you’re not making friends that is also okay too. I’d rather travel alone than force myself to spend time with people that aren’t similar to me.
How to look after mental health while traveling
What helps your mindset when you’re traveling?