Travelling Abroad With A Mental Health Condition

As many as 1 in 4 people in the UK experiences a mental health problem each year. Whether it is you, or a loved one, we are here to offer support – sharing tips to make travelling abroad with mental health concerns as stress-free as possible.

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Travelling abroad can be stressful (even without mental health concerns)

Travelling abroad can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it is often a source of stress and anxiety for anyone who is travelling. However, with the right preparation and mindset, travelling can be enjoyable and stress-free even if anxiety, worry and overwhelm is part of your life.

Reframe your trip as travel therapy

Jetting off to foreign lands can actually be a form of therapy and a way to improve one’s mental health. A change of scenery and a break from daily routines have the potential to be extremely beneficial for those struggling with mental health issues.

Travelling overseas can also offer a sense of adventure and excitement, which can boost mood and overall well-being, as well as provide opportunities for personal growth and self-discovery.

Choose a retreat holiday for the ultimate stress-free break

For those seeking a more structured and intentional type of break with minimal planning, retreats are a great option. On a retreat everything happens at a slower pace, in a safe and supportive environment – ideal for individuals who want to focus on their mental health and well-being.

Retreats often include activities such as yoga, meditation, and therapy sessions, as well as opportunities for cultural immersion and exploration. Generally speaking retreats are also a complete package so you don’t have to think (or worry) about flights, transfers, food, activities or accommodation – it is all done in one simple booking.

Preparation is key when planning

Before embarking on a trip abroad, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. This is especially important for those with mental health concerns. Here are some tips for preparing for a trip abroad:

  • Talk to your therapist or get some mental health support – if you have a history of mental health issues, it is important to consult with a mental health professional before travelling abroad. They can provide guidance and support, as well as help you develop coping strategies for any potential challenges that may arise during your trip. If you take medication you may also need guidance on protocol and advice on taking that medication abroad as it may be restricted at your destination.
  • Try therapies for overcoming specific anxieties – if you have a fear of flying, or any other block that is causing anxiety around your trip, try hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), or a talking therapy to reduce the associated stress.
  • Research Your Destination – because preparation is key! Researching your destination can help alleviate any anxiety or concerns you may have about travelling to a new place. Familiarise yourself with the culture, customs, and potential language barriers. It can also be helpful to research mental health resources and support available in the area.

Top Tip – take to Google street view! You can explore every road at your location, and work out the best routes form A to B as if you were already there. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with your destination before your trip.

  • Pack Medications and Coping Tools – make sure to pack any necessary medications and coping tools for your trip. This may include medication, a journal, or items that bring you comfort and help you relax. It is also important to have a plan in place for accessing medication and support while abroad.
  • Travel Mindfully – while travelling, it is important to practice self-care and be mindful of your mental health. This may include taking breaks when needed, setting boundaries, and being open and honest with travel companions about your needs. It is also important to be flexible and not put too much pressure on yourself to have a perfect trip.
  • Get travel insurance that covers mental health conditions – finding a travel insurance policy that can provide cover for your individual needs is essential. Many travel insurance policies have exclusions or restrictions on existing medical conditions, including those affecting mental health, so choose a policy such as Travel Insurance for Mental Health conditions from which gives you the right cover to let you enjoy your holiday.

Travelling abroad can be a transformative and therapeutic experience for those with mental health concerns.

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