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  • Writer's pictureLaurén Ettinger

Finding Solace on the Road: Mental Health and Vanlife

What’s in Today’s Episode:

Emily “Ed” joins us again to have a conversation about how vanlife has impacted her mental health and overall wellness.

“It was a lifeline. It was, I have to do this now, I can’t wait another minute.”

What Laurén and Emily Chat About:

  • Why Emily felt she needed to move into a van

  • Struggling and managing agoraphobia

  • Finding refuge in the van

  • Traveling with an emotional support animal

  • Dealing with the loss of a pet on the road

  • Fear, safety, traveling and living alone

  • What tools Emily uses to support her mental health

  • Toxic relationships and letting people in

  • Balancing time off-grid with maintaining relationships and community

  • Staying connected to your non-van friends

  • Seeing herself as an artist

  • Allowing walls to come down

“One of the places where our society has gone wrong is this kind of disconnect from nature. I think as time goes on, we’ll get back to it, and I think that shift is starting to happen, and people are starting to realize the importance of the natural world around us.”

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