Even depression sufferers whose conditions are well-managed can suffer flare-ups when they leave the familiar comforts of home. At its worst, traveling for work, family, or friend obligations is an unavoidable disruption to your carefully crafted routine. At its best, a routine-shakeup in the form of a getaway can improve depressive symptoms, but then traveling itself can become overwhelming. Knowing how to manage depression while you're traveling can be useful no matter which category your trip falls into. Common depression symptoms while traveling include sadness, lack of motivation, increased sleep, feelings of isolations, self-doubt, and difficulty making decisions, according to licensed independent clinical social worker Melanie Shapiro.
Travel can be "a chance to gain a healthy perspective on your everyday life," licensed psychologist Dr. Gregory Kushnick tells Bustle. He suggests journaling your daily reactions while traveling to underscore its positive effects, saying, "The feeling of being removed from everyday life offers an opportunity to evaluate your choices." Furthermore, traveling can be a useful opportunity to start something new, even a gesture as simple as incorporating a healthy habit into your regular routine. As always, mindfulness about how you're feeling will go a long way in helping you manage if a sudden bout of depression sets in while you're traveling. Here are some other tips to keep in mind, according to experts.