For the last month I have been traveling between four distinct locations visiting with family and friends and never staying anywhere for more than three days at a time. I travel a lot compared to most people, but this is excessive. Normally I really like traveling and this wasn’t actually true. Travel sometimes takes a lot from me. Going this tough has taken a toll on me both physically and mentally. There are five aspects of travel that make this the case.
1 I don’t sleep well.
Sleep problems are a portion of bipolar disorder. Back in mania there is minimal demand for sleep and in depression people tend to sleep too much or too little. Between episodes, too much or too little sleep can cause bipolar disorder symptoms. Sleep is also a part of rejuvenating body and the mind. It can interfere with sleep patterns when folks travel. It is also more hard to sleep soundly when you’re not in your own bed.
2 I don’t eat well.
Everything you consume can actually impact bipolar illness symptoms. High fat and absence of protein can cause neurotransmitters to go out of sync. Too much gluten or dairy can lead to inflammation that can impact the brain. It is hard to keep decent eating habits when away. I have a tendency to consume more out without choosing choices. I crave my culture’s meals- chicken fried steak and Tex-Mex. This isn’t a good diet for anyone. People with bipolar disorder tend to have more problems with obesity and medical problems such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The is added to by having a bad diet when traveling only.
3 I do not have a regular.
Among the most essential elements in staving off bipolar episodes is with a regular. That includes diet, sleep, work, socialization, exercise and medication. When these factors are not stable or vanish, it can lead to stress. Not all stress is pressure, but it could still alter body and the mind. These impacts disrupt the circadian rhythm that’s already fragile in bipolar disorder. The stress of not having a regular can influence memory, focus, critical thinking abilities and social abilities. It is impossible to replicate when attempting to stay close, although traveling is vital to an specific regular.
4 There’s no real down time.
I have sensory-processing sensitivity. That is, my brain is especially sensitive to all sorts of stimulation. My brain is over-responsive, if I don’t consciously observe light, a noise or smell. It can induce stress, general anxiety, social anxiety and depression. I would like the time to unwind, usually alone, to calm myself and process details. When you’re visiting family and friends, locating timing down is not difficult. After all, you’re there specifically to spend time. It can feel impolite to interrupt a trip to have time and treat your self.
5 I need to be fine.
Here is the biggest stressor for me when seeing family and friends I don’t get to see regularly. It just does not work like that while most would say that I could be myself and feel what I believe. Loved ones would like you to be doing well all the time, that is terrific. It can not be the situation whenever you’ve got an illness such as bipolar disorder. There’ll be instances when I’m not good. It is difficult for people to take this. Them hurt. I don’t want other people to hurt. So most of the time once I’m away, it is just easier to pretend like everything is wonderful and also to continue being sociable. There are other times when I have to fake it just to make it, although most of the time I’m not faking it. It is incredibly stressful.
I still love going places and seeing folks even if it leaves me mentally and physically sick. It is well worth the tension and retrieval for mepersonally, but might not be on other people. It is up to the person to note that the negative and positive elements of travel and decide whether it is worth it.