Why You Should Take Your Next Road Trip Solo

Why You Should Take Your Next Road Trip Solo

Whether it is people at the office or your roommates at home, or both, it is easy to feel like you don’t have the time or place to be truly alone. My suggestion: take a road trip by yourself.

Are you feeling in need of some serious alone time?

Day to day life can make even the most sociable person feel a little over crowded at times. Whether it is people at the office or your roommates at home, or both, it is easy to feel like you don’t have the time or the place to be truly alone.

My suggestion: take a solo road trip. Go visit a friend a few states away or take a beach day for yourself. Whatever it is, get some serious miles and minutes between you and the stresses of everyday life.

Picture it…

Key in the ignition, engine a hum (or roar if you have a car with character, like I do), hands at 10 and two (more like six and eight, if you're me and got in the habit of driving like it ain’t no thang in high school and now cannot drive looking like a functional adult) and turning the volume knob so you can hear your favorite tunes (or rather down because if you’re like me and want desperately to have a hearing impairment someday). It’s time for a solo road trip.

It’s time to roll down the windows and let the breeze turn your hair into one giant sexy knot. It’s time to realize the uninhibited joy of hitting the open road and realizing too late that you’re in the E-ZPass express lane without an E-ZPass. But like your problems, that’s in the past now, shrinking in your rearview (well, until you get the $50.00 fine in the mail anyway). It’s behind you, there’s no reason to look back because honey, you’re not going that direction.

It’s time to listen to an audiobook and immerse yourself in a story, in a life other than your own. Like Amy Schumer’s book, at times you’ll cry, and at times you’ll laugh so hard that you have to pee, but can’t because you just got onto the New Jersey Turnpike and that sh*t is going to have to wait. Sorry, bladder.

It’s time to be completely alone with your thoughts, until that assh*le cuts in front of you without a turn signal, that you may decide to share some of your thoughts (probably through specific gestures out the window).

It’s time to realize that you’re in control, you’re in the driver’s seat. You decide your own destiny. You decide when to stop and when to keep going.

So, go ahead and pull over to take a picture of that amazing sunset or really a selfie because you’re a millennial being a millennial or perhaps because we all have that friend who’s 80 percent sure that you’re going to get kidnapped or murdered on this trip, so this is your Instagram-worthy evidence for them to know that you’re still, in fact, alive.

Arrive at your destination, breathe deeply and exhale knowing that you accomplished something today: you got back in touch with you. Turn the engine off one final time and run the f*ck inside because you had to pee two states ago, but refused to waste time pulling over for anything less than your fuel gauge passing E.

Solo road tripping may not solve all your problems, but it can provide you with some much-needed clarity or at the very least perspective.

Happy trails!

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There are so many physical things that can help someone suppress their general anxieties, and not all of them have to break the bank. Whether you're looking for a birthday gift, Mother's Day or Father's day gifts, or you just want someone to know that you're there for them in their hard times, here's a list of amazing gifts to help a struggling friend relax a little more!

1. Salt Lamp

The soft, orange hues are one of the colors used to calm a mood or to keep someone completely focused. Plus, it is a great decoration and super pretty. You can get one from the Vitamin Shop for $13.79.

2. Coloring Books

The adult coloring book has become such a phenomenon over the past few years. I have received so many coloring books for Hanukkah and Christmas and bought a few more on my own. Coloring these beautiful designs just lets me forget about my anxieties and problems. There are so many to choose from. You can get some from Barnes and Noble or Walmart.

3. Essential Oil Diffuser

I have one in my college dorm and have a stress relief blend and a good sleep blend that I use almost every day. This helps me a lot with feeling relaxed and, plus, there are different light settings and it's cool to look at. You can get one at Target for $19.99.

4. Stress Relief Eye Masks

Face masks are essential to self-relaxation, so these are designed specifically for stress relief and you use it on your eyes. You can get a ten-pack at Walmart!

5. Calming Face Oil

The Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil is a blend of chia, shea, aloe and lavender that provides the most calming experience. It can be used on dry, sensitive, and all skin types. You can get it here!

6. Bubble Bath

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Bubble baths can be so relaxing, especially when they are designed for stress relief! You can get four different scents here!

7. Motivational Bracelet

Sometimes, people just need a little something to keep them sane and remind themselves that they are strong. I always wear a Pura Vida mental health bracelet to remind me to keep going. You can get the bracelet pictured above at MantraBand.

8. Journal

Writing down thoughts and feelings can really help people with anxiety disorders, so having a positive thinking journal for a year or just a normal journal would help them a lot. The journal pictured above is available at Barnes and Noble for $13.98.

9. Relax Tea

I definitely want to try this tea! A promising review: "I didn’t think this tea would really make a difference but it really does. It’s almost immediate that stress melts away and my husband and I are able to sleep peacefully. Has a funky smell when you open the jar but the tea itself is pretty much tasteless. Highly recommended!!" You can get the tea here.

10. Candles

Any kind of candle can be so relaxing -- the smell, the flicker of the fire. I have so many candles in my room at home. You can get them really anywhere you look, but I love candles from Bath and Body Works.

11. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy

This is my favorite line from Bath and Body Works! I have a lot of this and it actually works for me. You can get a variety of these products at Bath and Body Works.

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4. Have a spa day for to treat 'yo self.

2018 should be all about self-care. You should be taking care of yourself, for yourself. Trust me, I know it's easier said than done. It is so easy to put others and their happiness before yourself. But it's time to stop. Make time for yourself and make time for your own happiness. If you are feeling down or a little depressed, it's time for some self-care. Here are some super easy and super helpful ways to do some self-care.

1. Block, mute and unfollow toxic people on social media.

Do not be afraid to block, mute or unfollow toxic people on social media. Seeing their posts can make you so depressed and it isn't worth it. If they get mad, then whatever. There are more important things in life than a number of followers.

2. Learn to take time for yourself.

There is nothing wrong with taking time for you. Make time to be alone and have some time to relax with nobody else around to bug you. It is totally okay to be alone. Embrace the alone time.

3. Make a to-do list of everything you need to do and start checking things off.

Make a list of everything you need to do. Even pencil in time for your friends or to clean and relax. Then get to work and start checking things off. Seeing everything you need to do and then seeing it all get done will feel so good.

4. Have a spa day for to treat 'yo self.

Take a bubble bath. Do a face mask. Make yourself feel good. Taking a nice long bath and having a true spa day will make you feel amazing.

5. Have a giant glass of wine.

A nice glass of wine after a stressful day is my favorite form of self-care. Treat yo self, You deserve it. Grab a glass of wine and watch your favorite tv show while in your sweats. There's nothing better.

6. Start journaling.

Start a journal and keep track of everything! Tracking your mood and days in a journal can really help. It can be a place to let everything you're feeling out and you may need it more than you think. You can watch bullet journal videos on YouTube or look them up on Pinterest and get tons of ideas on how to start your bullet journal.

7. Get some sleep, eat a healthy meal and drink water.

The number one reason you may be feeling down or crappy is because you're not sleeping, eating well or drinking water. You may feel like you need to stay up late to get everything you need to do done, but you don't. Go to bed at a normal time and stay on top of your sleep. Also, make sure you're eating relatively healthy meals and you're drinking plenty of water. Water is seriously magic and can always make you feel better.

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