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“Getting away” is good for your mental health

smoky mtsAs per my last post, I recently took a trip to the Smoky Mountains. It was much needed.

Last week I was supposed to go to the mall with a friend – find a gift for my boyfriend’s birthday, eat those delicious mall pretzel bites, but I woke up that day to such anxiety I was in bed most of the day. I had to cancel on my friend which made me feel terrible. The thought of a closed in mall with many people was just something I couldn’t handle.

Once again, Anxiety is a bitch.

I planned this trip to the mountains with my boyfriend with the idea of “getting away.” No one to bother us. No where to be. No cell service. Spotty (at best) internet access. It was just us and the cabin and the woods and the hot tub and it was magical.

Sometimes you need to unplug. Step away from Facebook and Twitter. Let the emails pile up. Let your voice mail get crowded. Just be.

I am not rich. I live below the poverty level in America, but I saved. Every month I squirreled away $50 or $100. Then my boyfriend and I split the cost of the cabin for two nights. Just save a little every month or every paycheck and I promise it will add up to an amount to do something – to “get away.”

Mentally, I feel so much better. I feel lighter. I feel freer,

I can picture the mountains. I can picture my boyfriend in the firelight. I can feel the bubbles of the hot tub jets. I can taste the dinner I took my boyfriend out to on his birthday. Those are memories stored and the next time I feel that bitch of Anxiety coming along I can remember any one of those things and take a deep breath and make it through.

You don’t have to run away to the mountains to “get away.” You can go to the park or the lake or the river. Take a walk. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Nature restores you. Unplugging eases you. Shutting out the demands of the world will relax you and stabilize your mental state.

“Get away.” I dare you.

 

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“Getting away” is good for your mental health

Elaina J. Martin


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Martin, E. (2014). “Getting away” is good for your mental health. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/being-bipolar/2014/10/05/getting-away-is-good-for-your-mental-health/

 

Last updated: 5 Oct 2014
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