There’s no uncertain and small amount of pressure put on us as individuals throughout our daily lives. It’s not hard to understand why. Many people feel the pressure to establish themselves in their career during their 20’s, as well as begin long-term relationships (with varying degrees of success.) This, coupled with fulfilling the pursuit of a goal in the first place, such as establishing yourself as a freelance artist, writer or other disciplinary pursuit can make you feel stretched out, and like you’ve burned the candle at both ends.
Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. Sometimes, it’s important to get away from it all. Sometimes, you absolutely MUST get away from it all. There is no shame in doing this. In fact, it’s actually necessary to daily mental health. Daily responsibilities can wear us down after a while, to the point where it’s difficult to see the avenue of negativity your mind can be locked in. If you’re used to overeating, over-drinking or have been having issues in your social relationships lately, you might need this more than you think.
Follow these steps to help get away from your daily schedule, and remember – you deserve it.
Getting in nature is the best form of escapism you will ever find in your life. You might have heard the following quote before, but it doesn’t mean it is any less true: “There is no WiFi in the forest, but you are guaranteed to find a better connection.”
Think about what that means. When you’re in nature, you feel whole. This is not only because you are out of the ‘human hive’ of busy bodiness, noisy machinery and schedules that must be tightly adhered to. You are simply giving all of yourself to the present moment, and seeing that life moves much slower in this environment can imbue you with a sense of peace and collected calm.
Vacationing is important to a positive mental state. Travel broadens the mind, and this is intrinsically useful to a mind that has otherwise been prone to lock itself within borders of perception. Sometimes, seeing how the other half of the world lives can help put into perspective your daily life. For the standard person, the world is a big place, and carries with it immense possibility. Scratch the surface by booking some cheap flights and going with a family member or friend this summer, and see how your natural desire to submerge further in travel will go.
Solo backpacking can be considered an almost-spiritual pursuit. Even those completely averse to the idea of spirituality can understand why. Spending time alone with yourself and your thoughts is not healthy in large doses living at home, but when travelling and manoeuvring around the outside landscape, it can be an unforgettable experience.
What’s more, with the interrailing culture around all of Europe, you could travel the continent for a tiny fraction of your budget. It’s likely your travels will help you become more confident and more independent in yourself, and may open you up to meeting new people along the way.