Travelers have various reasons why they want to see the world. For some, they seek knowledge. For others, it’s to find a network of friends for an advocacy or goal to accomplish in life. For me, I traveled to help myself recover from my eating disorder.
But let me tell you a very important thing. I didn’t find traveling abroad effective when I wasn’t receiving any formal treatment yet. You need to have had a course of treatment and on your way to recovery for traveling to be able to work.
Why Did Travel Not Work For Me When My Eating Disorder Was On Its Acute And Booming State?
Health experts explain that when you have just been diagnosed with an eating disorder and are not getting any treatment, the mental, emotional and physical risks will certainly outweigh the benefits of traveling.
In the thick of my ED, I was incapable of controlling the symptoms despite the travel. I was still bingeing and purging, which is why I can testify that traveling is not the best solution. The only thing I got from my first attempt to travel with my ED was bad memories that overshadowed the benefits of traveling.
When Did I Finally Reap The Healing Benefits Of Travel?
My therapist handed me a checklist after two months of treatment that included counseling and medications. The checklist contained these questions:
Are you able to control your symptoms?
Does the thought of traveling excite you or does it make you feel anxious and afraid?
Am I physically and mentally stable?
Now, when you answer these questions, try to be as honest as you can be to yourself. That’s what the therapist told me, and when I did, that was when I realized that I wasn’t very much excited to travel for a while, not until I was confident enough, like a month after that. I did several types of therapy and counseling and I felt really secure and good about myself. Finally, …Read More