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Back on Road: Mental Health Trip

Along the way of taking one’s agency back from their mental illness comes the thrill of many adventures. Adventures, which may range from convenient to inconvenient. Of these, one of the most common emerges as the bona fide road trip. The road trip, therapeutic and immersive in any number of ways. Beckons one from the depths of their seclusion or divergence. For an extended moment of time the neurodivergent and their mental health merges as one with the open road. Even more sensational comes the summit of the journey, the proverbial climax. Also important comes the people one shares the moments with. Over the course of this article, one intends to reveal the keys to a beautiful and beneficial road trip for the conditioning or medicating of a bound psyche.

What Should You Pack for a Road Trip?

While on road, necessity beckons for a few essentials. Outside of the normal criteria exists the need for emergency meds. This refers to meds for anxiety, depression, psychosis, violent behavior, or other rapid changes in behavior. One may feel compelled to consult one’s physician before embarking on any journey longer than perhaps five hours. Bring along food and water or nourishment and hydration. If this entails an adult trip then alcoholic beverages may be present and also marijuana. Realize that alcohol and marijuana need not be consumed if they interfere with meds. Moreover, resisting substance abuse of drinking or smoking comprises the proper approach to mental health. Furthermore, other essentials include, sunglasses for sunny weather, a blanket, travel pillows, bug spray, sunscreen, snow shovel/scraper for snowy weather, an umbrella for rainy weather, cameras, and phone chargers. Most importantly, ensure that the car taken remains and excels for the task.

Photo by Evangelina Silina on Unsplash

Proper Car Criteria for Road Trip

Firstly, mileage is essential and also age of the car. Make certain that the tires retain adequate pressure and treading. Moreover, confirm that the battery contacts remain corrosion free and the connections are tight. Also important is the inspection of belts and hoses. One suggests that changing filters and checking fluids seems imperative. Verify the brakes are working and check all electrical equipment. Finally ensure all proper documentation is on person and in the vehicle. Account for any and all travel delays.

Photo by Samuele Errico Piccarini on Unsplash

Mental Health Benefits From Such an Adventure

Many benefits accompany such a journey. For one thing, it represents a breath of fresh air for the mental health of even the average person. Imagine how a mentally bound individual may feel enduring interactions with a new environment. Although some may experience negative sentiments, on the whole, one expects generally positive feelings. Yet, some of this depends on the chemistry of the road trip. For one thing, one must mesh or intertwine adequately with the other passengers. Bonding, perhaps the most apparent and impertinent feature of the journey. The characters on the trip make it. Whether one intends to explore with a band wagon of interesting tagalongs or a group of antisocial travelers remains up to the organizer. One thing is for sure, the passengers will definitely come to know each other a lot better after the trip for worst or for better.

Matters of Mental or Physical Health

Furthermore, other benefits from the trip include the reduction of chronic stress and anxiety from the immersion into nature. Becoming one with nature entreats the traveler to newfound habituations. Alleviating one’s mind from social media inspires a wealth of healthy, new, emotions. Studies reveal trips like these reduce stress and release the stress relief hormone cortisol. This promotes mental health and happiness. Instead of experiencing the bondage and monotony of daily life one enjoys the rewards of exiting one’s comfort zone.

Other Rewards From Road Trips

It is a shock to and good for your mental. Getting out on the road increases brain function. New experiences are tied to the ability of learning more. Indeed road trips also appear notorious for mind clarity. New environments furthers one from the risk of depression. Along with clarity and mental growth come the characteristics of creativity. Road trips promote happiness and positivity. Also a new environment can increase self-confidence.

Popular Destinations for Road Trips

Route 66

Surely a fixture entrenched in the American way of life. Withholding or bordering about 250 buildings, bridges or other road alignments on the National Register. Not many can rival the experience of the great Highway 66. Preserved by an act legislated in 1999, Route 66 has many more years of experience for generations to come. Otherwise known as the “Mother Road,” Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and decommissioned in 1985. Also known as the nation’s first all weather highway. Though not the oldest or longest it still entrenched its way amongst the histories of all that is American. Appearing in all sorts of media, this fabled road survives as a corridor of loosely aligned passages and roadways nominally referring to its former glory. It still contends as a major mental compensatory adventure.

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Highway 1

Stretching from San Francisco in northern California to San Diego in southern California, this road encompasses a whole 500 miles. According to the History Channel, carving out, building up, tunneling through and bridging over the passage costed engineers about ten decades. Traversing over the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, the views simply take one’s breaths away. Although at the moment the highway suffers threats from the oncoming encroachments of climate change. Presently, however the road remains available to those desiring the journey.

Photo by Venti Views on Unsplash

Blue Ridge Parkway

Currently, established as the longest National Park area, this parkway ventures from Virginia to North Carolina. Moreover, staggering to a total of 469 miles. Parkway enthusiasts claim “once one finds it they will find themselves here again” (CascadeHighlands). Running through the Appalachian Mountains, the parkway was originally commissioned as part of the New Deal By Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. The project concluded in 1987. Since then and even long before the park attained the status as most visited park in the National Park System. Furthermore, this accolade began in 1946 and only missed throughout for about 4 years. This trip attunes one with nature and pasturelands. With dozens of attractions this therapeutic trip will leave one yearning for more.

Photo by Jeff Miller on Unsplash

Overseas Highway

Totaling about 119 miles, the Overseas Highway winds through Florida, starting in Miami and finishing off in the city of Key West. The difference between this and the rest, is how much of it exists above water, 20% with 51 bridges. Breathtaking views across a bridge purportedly finished in 1982 according to the History Channel. The foundation of the highway owes much of its existence to oil baron Henry Flagler’s ingenuity. His initiative to erect an oversea train railway made this venture possible.

Photo by Linda Gillotti on Unsplash

Going to the Sun Road

Found in Montana with a 49.71 range of mileage. Not exactly for those attesting to a fear of heights. However, one presumably would find themselves in the confines of a car throughout the majority of this experience. Perhaps this may ease ones concerns. Regardless, miles of forest, glaciers, and lakes leave the adventurer with plenty of nature to appreciate. Lodging establishments support the area so one who intends in savoring the experience can indulge fully without worrying about nearby pitstops or rest areas. Once again a novel and unique experience offering relief from all that composes the mentally bound lifestyle.

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

The Open Road is Calling!

Answer the call, for all that is wholesome. That call, no matter how faint or loud is there for one’s health. It is okay if one chooses not to answer immediately due to anxiety or other mental misgivings. Worry about your well-being. Yet, building these memories takes time, precious people, effort, new cultures, or new things. Get over the obstacles and hang ups and find that silver lining. Perhaps, it be the road less taken or even Route 66. Either way the road beckons for kindred souls. If one’s car presents issues, maybe coming out of pocket for a rental presents the best solution. Pack all the essentials, check one’s car, plan an itinerary and get out there for an adventure for ages. 21SCHIZM wishes Good luck and Godspeed!

Along the way of taking one’s agency back from their mental bondage comes the thrill of many adventures. Adventures, which may range from convenient to inconvenient. Of these, one of the most common emerges as the bona fide road trip. The road trip, therapeutic and immersive in any number of ways. Beckons one from the depths of their seclusion or divergence. For an extended moment of time the neurodivergent mind merges as one with the open road. Even more sensational comes the summit of the journey, the proverbial climax. Also of pertinent matters, evokes the people one shares the moments with. Over the course of this article, one intends to reveal the keys to a beautiful and beneficial road trip for the conditioning or medicating of a bound psyche.

What Should You Pack for a Road Trip?

While on road, necessity beckons for a few essentials. Outside of the normal criteria exists the need for emergency meds. This refers to meds for anxiety, depression, psychosis, violent behavior, or other rapid changes in behavior. One may feel compelled to consult one’s physician before embarking on any trip longer than perhaps five hours. Bring along food and water or nourishment and hydration. If this entails an adult trip then alcoholic beverages may be present and also marijuana. Realize that alcohol and marijuana need not be consumed if they interfere with meds. Moreover, resisting social pressures to drink or smoke comprises the proper approach to neurodivergent disorders. Furthermore, other essentials include, sunglasses for sunny weather, a blanket, travel pillows, bug spray, sunscreen, snow shovel/scraper for snowy weather, an umbrella for rainy weather, cameras, and phone chargers. Most importantly, ensure that the car taken remains and excels for the task.

Photo by Evangelina Silina on Unsplash

Proper Car Criteria for Road Trip

Firstly, mileage is essential and also age of the car. Make certain that the tires retain adequate pressure and treading. Moreover, confirm that the battery contacts remain corrosion free and the connections are tight. Also important is the inspection of belts and hoses. One suggests that changing filters and checking fluids seems imperative. Verify the brakes are working and check all electrical equipment. Finally ensure all proper documentation is on person and in the vehicle.

Photo by Samuele Errico Piccarini on Unsplash

Benefits From Such an Adventure

Many benefits accompany such a journey. For one thing, it represents a breath of fresh air for even the average person. Imagine how a mentally bound individual may feel enduring interactions with a new environment. Although some may experience negative sentiments, on the whole, one expects generally positive feelings. Yet, some of this depends on the chemistry of the road trip. For one thing, one must mesh or intertwine adequately with the other passengers. Bonding, perhaps the most apparent and impertinent feature of the trip. The characters on the trip make it. Whether one intends for the trip to be band wagon of interesting tagalongs or lonely arrangement of travelers remains up to the organizer. One things for sure the passengers will definitely come to know each other a lot better after the trip for worst or for better.

Furthermore, other benefits from the trip include the reduction of stress and anxiety from the immersion into nature. Becoming one with nature or proximal to it entreats the traveler to newfound habituations. Alleviating one’s mind from technology and social media inspires a wealth of healthy, new, emotions. Studies reveal a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol during trips like these. This promotes mental health and happiness. On trips like these one experiences a relief from the mundane and usual. Instead of experiencing bondage and monotony of everyday life, one enjoys the rewards of exiting one’s comfort zone.

Other Rewards From Road Trips

It is a shock to your mental. Getting out on the road makes your brain work. New experiences are tied to the ability of learning more. Indeed road trips also appear notorious for mind clarity or even clearing the mind. New environments furthers one from the risk of depression. Along with clarity and mental growth come the characteristics of creativity. Road trips promote happiness and positivity. Also a new environment can increase self-confidence. Altogether a road trip represents healthy and happy mental and physical activity.

Popular Destinations for Road Trips

Route 66

Surely a fixture entrenched in the American way of life. Withholding or bordering about 250 buildings, bridges or other road alignments on the National Register. Not many can rival the experience of the great Highway 66. Preserved by an act legislated in 1999, Route 66 has many more years of experience for generations to come. Otherwise known as the “Mother Road,” Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and decommissioned in 1985. Also known as the nation’s first all weather highway. Though not the oldest or longest it still entrenched its way amongst the histories of all that is American. Appearing in all sorts of media, this fabled road survives as a corridor of loosely aligned passages and roadways nominally referring to its former glory. It still contends as a major mental compensatory adventure.

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Highway 1

Stretching from San Francisco in northern California to San Diego in southern California, this road encompasses a whole 500 miles. According to the History Channel, carving out, building up, tunneling through and bridging over the passage costed engineers about ten decades. Traversing over the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, the views simply take one’s breaths away. Beachfront property remains no stranger to this pathway as it offers hundreds of miles in dedication to such landscaping. Although at the moment the highway suffers threats from the oncoming encroachments of climate change. Presently, however the road remains available to those desiring the journey.

Photo by Venti Views on Unsplash

Blue Ridge Parkway

Currently, established as the longest National Park area, this parkway ventures from Virginia to North Carolina. Moreover, staggering to a total of 469 miles. Parkway enthusiasts claim “once one finds it they will find themselves here again” (CascadeHighlands). Running through the Appalachian Mountains, the parkway was originally commissioned as part of the New Deal By Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. The project concluded in 1987. Since then and even long before the park attained the status as most visited park in the National Park System. Furthermore, this accolade began in 1946 and only missed throughout for about 4 years. This trip attunes one with nature and pasturelands. With dozens of attractions this therapeutic trip will leave one yearning for more.

Photo by Jeff Miller on Unsplash

Overseas Highway

Totaling about 119 miles, the Overseas Highway winds through Florida, starting in Miami and finishing off in the city of Key West. The difference between this and the rest, is how much of it exists above water, 20% with 51 bridges. Breathtaking views across a bridge purportedly finished in 1982 according to the History Channel. The foundation of the highway owes much of its existence to oil baron Henry Flagler’s ingenuity. His initiative to erect an oversea train railway made this venture possible. Another landmark of which a neurodivergent person can immerse themselves in whether the emphasis be upon the history of the site or the beauty.

Photo by Linda Gillotti on Unsplash

Going to the Sun Road

Found in Montana with a 49.71 range of mileage. Not exactly for those attesting to a fear of heights. However, one presumably would find themselves in the confines of a car throughout the majority of this experience. Perhaps this may ease ones concerns. Regardless, miles of forest, glaciers, and lakes leave the adventurer with plenty of nature to appreciate. Lodging establishments support the area so one who intends in savoring the experience can indulge fully without worrying about nearby pitstops or rest areas. Once again a novel and unique experience offering relief from all that composes the mentally bound lifestyle.

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

The Open Road is Calling!

Answer the call, for all that is wholesome. That call, no matter how faint or loud is there for one’s health. It is okay if one chooses not to answer immediately due to anxiety or other mental misgivings. Yet, building these memories takes time and precious people and effort. Get over the obstacles and hang ups and find that silver lining. Perhaps, it be the road less taken or even Route 66. Either way the road beckons for kindred souls. If one’s car presents issues, maybe coming out of pocket for a rental presents the best solution. Pack all the essentials, check one’s car, plan an itinerary and get out there for an adventure for ages. 21SCHIZM wishes Good luck and Godspeed!

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