Every human being is vulnerable to experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD or any mental health issue and it is perfectly normal. The location-independent lifestyle has amazing perks, but it also comes with the huge responsibility to take care of yourself in a dynamic environment.
Beginning a DN life may seem like the perfect solution for a fresh start - as if every issue would disappear -. However, working and traveling are no cure for loneliness, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
Having said that, let’s dive into one of the most common mental health issues faced by DNs and some hints to minimize the collateral impact of this amazing lifestyle when it comes to loneliness.
Being surrounded by people is no guarantee that you will avoid loneliness, there are several factors that may contribute to feeling lonely: personality, language, culture, travel pace, timezones, type of work, and more.
On the other side, emotions are universal and create connections among human beings.
In every case, be true with yourself and with your feelings, DNs tend to be VERY self-judgmental. Traveling while making a living doesn’t immunize anyone from loneliness, sadness, anxiety, or any other feeling. It may even exacerbate them, due to the dynamic environment.
There are organizations and experts focused on mental health (regardless of the location), please don’t hesitate to reach out when you need:
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