5 Things To Keep You Sane Whilst Travelling Solo
Hello! My name is Emily and in 2018 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I was determined to change my life and mentality around so I moved to Spain for two months to learn Spanish. I then flew to South America, before travelling around India, exploring Malaysia and am now finishing my travels in SE Asia before flying to settle in Australia!
I blog to raise awareness about the mental health issues one may feel when travelling solo. It is my hope that people in the same position will be able to relate to the stories I share and in turn feel less lonely and isolated as I document my thoughts, feelings and emotions along this journey, as well as providing tips to fellow travellers, with or without mental health problems, to make their adventures easier to organise!
I wanted to share with you 5 of my top tips to keeping your head above water whilst travelling solo.
1. Karaoke Shower Time
Sorry to all those who have heard me sing/scream in the shower. There are a few songs that I know I feel better if I sing out loud and shower time is my time to do that. My top songs to sing when feeling low are: Whitney Houston, One Moment in Time; Wham, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go; Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody; S Club, Bring It All Back; Shania Twain, Man! I Feel Like A Woman.
2. Cheap Face Masks, Netflix & Chill (by yourself)
This applies to females and males – sometimes, you just need to do little and very cheap things to feel good about yourself. For me, that’s feeling clean because a lot of the time, depression or anxiety tries to force you to smell as bad as they do. I think if you can get out to a local supermarket, buy yourself a face mask, you can feel a million dollars. Then watch something that makes you laugh.
3. Download Headspace
When my Grandad died, when my Dad was in hospital, when my brother was in hospital, when my ex-boyfriend and I broke up, I couldn’t sleep. Headspace has often been the only thing I actually passed out to; the last few days, I’ve listened to one of their sleepcasts called The Midnight Launderette. They’ve got lots of different options for relaxation, stress, anxiety and I’ve been enjoying meditating to the one focusing on Loneliness.
4. Download Wysa and start writing
I was recommended the app Wysaby a friend who also suffers from mental health problems and it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s an AI life coach that is essentially a little virtual, robot you can speak to, any time you want, about anything you want. Based on CBT principles, it can help you rationalise thoughts and is a nice place to start being open with your feelings. It’s a really nice thing to have when you don’t feel like talking to anyone in particular.
5. Listen to a podcast
There are some brilliant ones out there on Spotify, and I listen to a few random ones. There’s one called Twin Perspectivesfocusing on travels, blogging and writing, which is pretty relatable to me, because one of the girls suffers from anxiety. I also like Fearne Cotton’s Happypodcast. When I’m not in the mood to listen to anything mental health related, I have Those Conspiracy Guyson repeat which lets me zone out.