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    I did it #Travel #Vacation

    I did it. I went on my trip. It didn't all work out as I had envisioned, but it went quite smoothly and I think it was a good risk. I struggled a lot with the food choices, so mealtimes always brought some anxiety, but it was nice to be in a bubble for a few days, often without phone or internet signals. I was able to have conversations with other travelers, and since they were fairly brief I didn't feel too uncomfortable or pushed to share anything too personal.

    This was my first time traveling in 3 years, since I had to leave my masters program in Finland due to rapidly declining mental health. I am definitely in a better place than I was then, and since Covid made everyone's worlds become much smaller I wasn't the only one with little to show for the past few years.

    The vacation did bring up a few things:
    1) I have to get out of this city/region. Living here just makes my anxiety worse because of fear that I might unexpectedly run into my ex one day.

    2) I don't like my job. I haven't let myself even think in such a definitive way about my job before this trip, but now I am sure. I need to find a new job.

    3) I have a habit of "mirroring" people. If someone struck up a conversation with me on the trip, I caught myself watching them for cues about what to talk about, what emotions to express, and when to leave the conversation. It was very hard for me to end the conversation on my own, even if I had to go to the bathroom or needed to move on to the next event. I've been talking about boundaries with my therapist lately and I think this is connected.

    4) Although this trip was a big change in my routine and represented a big step forward, I am still not ready to fully re-engage in life. I need a safe bubble of people, routines, and work. I'm not sure how to create that with simultaneously needing to move and change my job, but I know I need to.

    I got back home yesterday and fell into bed. It's been nearly 24 hours and I have mostly been just lying in bed or sleeping. I have the impulse to do things like deep clean my apartment, but I just keep lying there. I was able to get some long overdue things done before the trip because of the deadline, but now it feels like I am just going to slide back into the muck and mire of life here.

    In the end, I'm glad I took the trip and had some time off work. I'm glad it didn't result in any panic attacks. I'm glad I was able to interact with strangers in a way that felt safe. I'm glad that I didn't just stay home in my apartment for a week.

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #narcissisticabusesurvivor #Winter #Vacation #goals

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    Travel Agent for Complex Medical Care and Special Needs

    Hi everyone. I used to be on here but I can’t remember my login or the email I used so I am starting a new one. I am mom to two young adults with cystic fibrosis and other health issues. I have RA and other conditions as well. I had to change my career due to the risk of COVID and my son’s transplant not to mention the kids CF in general. I am an esthetician and makeup artist so I touch people’s faces for a living. So during the pandemic I started thinking what I can do now since I am 50+ and worked cosmetics since I was 17. I have always dreamed of working as a travel planner/advisor/agent. I travelled a lot as a kid due to my dad’s work and I picked up the travel bug while I was still in diapers. I found out that due to the pandemic people are relying more on travel advisors more than ever. Then I wanted to narrow down my specialty/niche. I figured it out, I hope. I have had to figure a lot of things out traveling with my kids, especially our son. Meds galore, some refrigerated, vest compression machines(2),, nebulizers, nebs, feed pump, supplemental feed, tubing, feed bags, plenty of snacks traveling, wheelchairs and fluid at all times. I had to research hospitals in London when we went on my son’s make-a-wish so we would know where to go just in case. A plan A plan B Plan c just in case. Then for my sons transplant which we had to relocate for and my daughter’s make-a-wish. These experiences taught me so much, not to mention seeing what my fellow moms would do in order to travel. So have decided to help chronically ill and special needs travelers and their caregivers. Everyone deserves the opportunity to explore this beautiful World and I would feel honored to help facilitate this. I started my business several months ago and found out there is a great need for this. I have been learning so much and have been working with some clients already, some with challenges and also some great family, leisure & luxury trips. I am so glad I made this change. I guess a few good things have come from the pandemic. I have decided to not charge my clients for medical travel advice. I hope to help as many people as I can.
    #Travel #travelagent #specialneedstravel #medicaltravel #sunflowerlanyard #InvisibleIllness #ChronicIllness #CysticFibrosis #Transplant #pancreatitis #ChronicPancreatitis #tubefeeds

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    Quick Tip Thursday: Know What Medical Facilities You Can Visit In The Area When Traveling

    While making travel plans, research nearby hospitals and pharmacies in the area you’re visiting in case of a potential medical emergency.

    From: WebMD

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #HealthCare #Travel #TravelTips #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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    I'm thinking of taking a trip

    After living in six different countries, I have been back in my home country since December 2019. My #Anxiety and #Depression got so bad that I felt I had no choice but to come back here. I had to give up on my masters degree and my career aspirations. I lost the capacity to enjoy or be curious about new people and places because of how my #MentalHealth was deteriorating. For the past couple years, I've been trying to access mental health #treatment with really not much to show for it.
    But, I am thinking of taking a trip. It is still within my country, it would be for just 5 days, and it wouldn't have to involve a lot of socializing. It's more expensive than I would normally go for, but if it helps me have a #Breakthrough then maybe it is worth it.
    My trip is tentatively planned for January, but I will have to make some phone calls and do some planning about work duties. I'm feeling anxious. I'm feeling worried that my mood will crash (Nov-Jan is the worst time of year for me), and I might not even make it on the trip at all. I am also feeling a bit excited, which I haven't felt for a very long time.
    #Travel #Vacation #DistractMe

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    My Happy Places

    When thinking of happy places, I'll try to remember some of the happy trips I've taken with friends or family. This is in OH, where I visited a former college roommate this summer. #Travel #encouragement #Relationships #Beauty #Outdoors #Hope

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    What is your favorite part of travel?

    I just took my first trip since Covid to New York City and had forgotten how nice travel can be. We enjoyed two shows, ate a lot of food, people watched, relaxed and did some sightseeing. It made me wonder, what are your favorite aspects of travel?

    Sightseeing, good food, people watching, relaxing on the beach?

    Share your thoughts below!!

    #Trauma #PTSD #CPTSD #Travel