Drop Your Pills & Pick Up Your Passport. ~ Blog Entry #10

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A lot of bloggers claim to help with overcoming or coping with the stresses of travel, as sufferers of Anxiety and/or Depression.

My take on the subject is this.

For many years I suffered with Anxiety & Depression, I was often unable to understand why I felt the way I did, therefore was unable to work out the most effective way to cope with the effects.

Due to my occupation at the time It took me 4-5 years to receive a diagnosis, however I knew what it was I was dealing with.

It’s always difficult to explain to a person who hasn’t suffered these afflictions. I imagine if it’s difficult for the sufferer, it’s obviously more so for someone who does not.

At times I can honestly say that that my symptoms have been debilitating, causing me to spend up to a week (sometimes a little longer) in bed, moving only to grab a light snack.

But that was then… and this is now.

I soon realised that there is only one person in this world who is able to help me.

Myself!

I always hoped that someone would pick me up, brush me off and send me on my way with a kick up the butt, (figuratively speaking).

Welcome the close of 2016, having suffered for 8 years with the constant torment I put upon myself, knowing I was stuck with this condition for the rest of my life… it hit me!

“I can change”.

People are suffering much worse in this world.

And so, I made it my mission to implement change.

In a dramatic turn of events I made the decision to take up traveling.

The truth at this time is that my goal was to fly as far away as possible, however Virgin Galactic was slightly above my financial capabilities…

“Plan B”… Next furthest place, Australia.

That was it, 2017 would be the year of change.

In the build up to my departing on May 1st 2017, I was the most scared I have ever been.

Many times I’d considered cancelling my flights and forgetting the idea had ever crossed my mind.

I knew that this had to happen if I wanted my life to change.

Since arriving in Australia, I’ve encountered the everyday things that I would back home, life is not meant to be easy and I know this now. I have a higher understanding and appreciation for the simplicity of it all. I have accepted that if someone has achieved more than me, I should be happy for them and not envious, life is a game sure! But it’s not a competition, I compete with no one. What will be will be, eventually.

Anxiety and Depression is always going to play a part in my life…

I now accept that this is the case, I do not let it define me nor do I let it dictate my life, I am responsible for myself and answerable to no one other than myself.

I don’t claim to be able to cure Anxiety & Depression.

All I can do is explain what works for me and hope that others can take something from that, which benefits them.

“A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved.”

It’s been over a year since I left home now and hand on heart, I have never felt better.

I know I’ll return one day but I’ll be much stronger with the knowledge and experience from this past year.

Here’s to the next year in Australia and then who knows from there.

Take that step, no matter how scary it may seem.

If you feel you’re struggling to cope and would like friendly help & guidance CLICK HERE.

Help is always there, you just have to teach out. Half of the road to recovery is talking.

Also please CLICK HERE for professional & local help. This site is fantastic in regards to the help and information they can provide, from directing you to the right people, to helping spot the signs of distress in both adults and children, also suicide prevention.

Remember we’re all amazing.

Much love to you all.

Dale

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