Mental health, Travel

Leaving on a jet plane

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Later today I’m heading off to spend 3 weeks on vacation in Italy.

This trip is what has been keeping me going through a rough stretch with my depression over the last 6 weeks or so.  Not that my depression is allowing me to actually feel excited about it, but I’m hanging on to the possibility that being in a totally different environment might help me feel a little better.  The problem is, though, you can’t really take a vacation from inside your own head.

This is only the second time I’ve gone on an international trip while feeling unwell (aside from beach vacations).   The last time was when I went to Russia in 2012 immediately following a major meltdown.  It was a really rough trip, and I remember sobbing on the phone to my parents.  I’m hoping not to have a repeat of that.

I’m travelling alone and independently (i.e. not with a tour group), so all the logistics will be up to me.  I’m quite an experienced traveller, so hopefully it will all come fairly easily, but I get overwhelmed pretty easily these days.  I also have a hard time dealing with being around people, which could be problematic.  I don’t want the attention of standing out as an obvious tourist, so instead of the no-makeup yoga pants look that is my depressed norm, I’m going to force myself to dress up and wear makeup and hope that I blend into the background.

As for the blog, I have some scheduled posts set up, but I probably won’t be online much while I’m away.  Ciao for now!

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Leaving on a jet plane”

      1. naw see that does not work for me. here s why if you are running a new place will not help. you said it you are you and that is a blessing or a curse. i hope you do have fun of course!

          1. the only sure way is to cut the leash. it is why son tom will never make it. he has me to blame . people say hey cut the cord. i say naw he s my blood. so you re wise to hang with pigs. lmao!

  1. Have a great time and enjoy yourself as much as you can. 🙂 I know how it is to not be able to take a vacation from your own head, I so often wish I could do just that. Still though I really hope you will get some rest and relax in Italy and as you say, that new surroundings will help you think in a bit different way.

  2. You are probably already there at this point, so I hope you are having a grand time! You deserve this vacation, and I’m so impressed at you for doing it solo. I can’t wait to hear about the trip.

  3. You’re right, you can’t take a vacation from your own head and thoughts but it can give you a change of scenery and a break from the norm for a while. I hope you’re able to make the most of it and enjoy everything you can. Take good care of yourself – wishing you a safe trip and good travels! 🙂
    Caz xxxx

  4. I hope you’ve been having a good trip!! I’ll read onward!! (I opened each new post in a separate window and am reading them all right now!!) Let’s see what happens in future posts here!!

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