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How Greece helped my friend recover from depression

Cyclades ● Greece ● 18 May 2017
 

It is not an exaggeration to say that the secret of longevity can be found in Greece. Mediterranean cuisine, sunshine, sea and the Greek people's cheerful attitude to life are things that can explain that. When I lived in Greece, I was not as grateful for these things as I should be because I thought they were granted. But then, I moved out in Germany, and I realised nothing was granted. However, I always had the chance to spend some days in Greece, feel better and recover from everything depressive. Just staring at the sea, enjoying its breeze and at the same time the warm sun on your face, drinking and dancing with your friends in a bar by the sea and eating the delicious food that your mum made for you is the best solution to everything.

Sun and sea

In Germany, I had a friend, who lived all his life in the beautiful city of Hamburg. He loved his city, and I could really understand him. The most cities in Central and Northern Europe are wonderful. Lush greenery, well-preserved buildings, clean streets, organised structures, huge parks, rivers and lakes can give you stunning pictures and make you feel living in a place that is worth living. However, the sunshine in northern Germany is rare, the program is very strict, and people need time to relax and create friendships.

My friend was successful, but unhappy. He had all the time the feeling that something was going wrong with his life. He had a great job, money, some friends, and a modern apartment. He was handsome and was going to the gym several times per week. But he was smiling not as often as he should do taking into account that he had everything.

Then, I invited him to come to Greece for two weeks. He had never been to Greece because he preferred to spend his vacations on an island near Hamburg, Sylt, which was called by the Germans "Mykonos of Germany". I told him that Mykonos was something extremely different, and he agreed to spend some days in Cyclades. I suggested him to do island-hopping in order to see more Greek islands. I could not be with him during the whole trip, but I saw him two days in Athens before his tour begins, and I also spent a weekend with him in Syros after his island-hopping.

Cyclades

I was really happy to see that after his amazing tour, he was not the same man. He was relaxed, he was smiling, he had a different attitude towards life. He told me that just a few days of sunbathing, swimming in the sea, drinking ouzo in a traditional tavern, talking to the Greek people, who despite of their difficulties, were optimistic, and eating well-cooked seafood were enough to make him feel better and appreciate his job and life.

He decided to come every summer in Greece, to take its positive energy and then, return back with his batteries full and a smile on his face.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Zakynthos, Greece Studio Stars
Studio Stars
Mouzaki - Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Surrounded by lush gardens with citrus trees, Studio Stars offers self-catering accommodation in a quiet location just 1 km away from the lively center of the cosmopolitan Laganas resort and 3 km from Laganas Beach. Zakynthos international airport is at 4 km, while the main port in picturesque and historic Zakynthos town is at 5 km. A bus stop with good service to the town can be found just a few meters away from the property.

Hotel in Argos, Greece Morfeas Hotel
Morfeas Hotel
2, Danaou str., 21200 Argos, Greece

Morfeas Hotel is in a central location in Argos, 14 km away from Mycenae and 12 km away from Nafplio. The property is close to supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The International Airport of Kalamata is 128 km away.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.


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