If you have ever suffered from depression, you probably know that it has a root that is both psychological and physiological. Sometimes stressful life circumstances can get you down emotionally and then faulty brain chemical balances make it into full-fledged depression. Sometimes though, a change of scene can do a lot to put you on the road to recovery. Maybe you just need to get away.

Consider going on a vacation.  Disconnect yourself from the stresses of your normal home and work lives.  Traveling to some exciting location, where you do things that you don’t normally do and see things you don’t normally see, can stimulate the production of healthy brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and maybe even a bit of adrenaline, if you are doing something exciting. You don’t have to jump out of an airplane with a parachute, but those who do, often feel mentally transformed after they do.

Go to a different climate, especially if you are dealing with a cold environment, like living in a northern latitude in the winter. Lack of sunlight can result in Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  If you are without sunshine for a long time, you may be lacking in vitamin D3. This chemical is produced by your own body, from vitamin D.  Treatments for SAD include using a light therapy box or taking vitamin D3 supplements.  Just going to a tropical location in the middle of the winter can cure the winter blues, in a physical way.

Once you get to your destination, don’t let yourself be limited to the regular tourist fare.

Rent a car from some place like Enterprise. They are all over the world. This will give you the freedom to get out and see the countryside and meet the people.

See family on your travels if you can, or take them along. Spending time with family, away from familiar places, helps you bond and create good memories. We all need to feel connected to family and community.  This can also help relieve depression.  So get out there and have some fun.

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