There’s always something going on in the world, and much of the time it’s distressing and tragic. It’s not surprising that everyone needs to get away from time to time. How the zodiac signs escape reality varies depending on who they are, but you can bet that their horoscope can easily convince them to take a break from the real world.
And using astrology, we can determine the zodiac signs’ go-to escape when it feels as if the walls are closing in.
Sometimes reality isn’t very appealing, and we start to feel that if we don’t escape it for a bit, we’re going to explode. Since life can be overwhelming, we all do what we can to cope. Sometimes our coping mechanisms aren’t healthy for us, but we do them anyway
For some, all they need to do to escape is to lose themselves in a good book or film, and others need to self-medicate. For some, it doesn’t matter how you get to oblivion as long as you get there.
When we find ourselves fed up with the world around us, we have three choices: we can ignore it, fix it, or distract ourselves with something that will ultimately help us to be better people. No one ever said that escape had to self-destructive; you can do this to be a better person by exploring the city you live, learning something new, or connecting with people face-to-face.
If you find that you’re constantly wanting to escape, you need to think about what you’re running from. It might not be the world at large as it is your own anxiety or depression. If those are the underlying reason, then you need to consider getting some professional help. Here’s how the zodiac signs escape reality in their own way.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Aries has to do something physical to escape reality like go for a swim or play racketball. The more taxing the sport the better so Aries stops thinking and lets themselves just be focused on moving their body. Exercise releases endorphins that make us feel happier, so it’s a win-win.
Aries forgets the outside world, gets a workout, and feels healthier in the process. Another way is for them to do something impulsive that won’t have the same kind of results and may land them in a hospital or jail.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
When Taurus wants to escape reality, they tend to go offline, shut off their phone, and binge-watch Netflix. They just don’t want to deal with anything, so they lose themselves in someone else’s fictional story.
Watching hours of TV isn’t good for you, but sometimes that’s what you need to do to chill out. We all have our own methods of self-care, and for Taurus, it’s catching up on their favorite shows.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Geminis may love to talk and communicate, but sometimes the best thing for them to do to escape reality is to shut up and meditate.
If it proves challenging for Gemini to calm down and center enough to meditate, then a sensory-deprivation tank might do the trick. Floating in a black void with no stimuli to distract them may help Gemini focus on their own heartbeat and relax.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
When a Cancer individual needs to escape from reality, their best option is to put some headphones on and listen to music. While Cancers can be emotional, music helps to solve them and make them feel better.
If they can go to a concert in an outdoor amphitheater, then that’s even better because there are three things Cancers love: talented musicians, beautiful natural surroundings, and being able to gaze up at the stars as the music floats over them.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
One way Leos like to escape reality is by being on stage. They love being the center of attention and if they’re acting, they’ll lose themselves in the character. If they’re not theatrically inclined, they may use retail therapy to escape it all.
Leos do love to shop, especially for beautiful and luxurious items, and they love to buy presents for other people. If they’re concentrating on what they should buy for their loved one’s birthday, they can forget for a few moments the pressures that they have on them.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Virgos love to escape into a good book. Yes, it’s old-fashioned but in some ways so are Virgos. Sometimes they’ll try to learn something that may or may not be useful which helps to get them out of themselves and helps them to not be so focused on being perfect at everything.
Virgos tend to be practical but sometimes they need to loosen up and just have fun. Not everything has to be life or death, sometimes it can just be silly.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
When Libras want to escape reality, they tend to focus in on their pets or one of their many interests. If they’re a cat person, they will pet their cat and possibly brush them as the repetitive nature of brushing can be soothing. If they have a dog, they may play catch with them or take them on a walk.
Libras have a sensitive spirit and animals can sense that about them. Caring for a pet is very therapeutic and can help with anxiety and lower blood pressure.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
What do Scorpios do to escape reality? Jump right into bed with someone! There’s nothing like it to help release endorphins and make your outlook on life a little brighter. Scorpios love having a physical connection with another person and they love giving and receiving pleasure.
Scorpios are very brave and no matter how hopeless a situation seems to be, they’ll do their best to solve it. Sometimes the only way to distract Scorpio and make them feel better is with intimacy.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius take escape quite literally. If they need to escape reality, they’re going to change their view, their location, and the people around them. Change is the best thing for Sagittarius when they feel overwhelmed by what’s going on in their life or what’s happening in the world.
It’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that if they don’t get away, they might go to a dark place — it’s much better to book a flight somewhere and go.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorns are so hardworking and diligent that the best thing for them to do when they feel overwhelmed is take a real vacation. No, not a long weekend or a day off, but a legitimate vacation, somewhere tropical or snowy where they can decompress and forget about all their responsibilities for a while.
A road trip without a firm plan but just seeing where the road takes them might do the trick.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
A really good way for an Aquarius to escape reality is to take a long walk or hike. Just getting out of the house and looking up at the stars can be very healing for them.
Sometimes Aquarius need something extra like marijuana. It can help them forget about the pain they’re feeling (mentally, emotionally, and physically) and help them to relax. Plus, there are additional health benefits to smoking weed like helping with nausea or decreasing anxiety.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
When Pisces want to escape reality (which is frequent), they dive into their fantasy world and start creating. They may work on an art project or start writing a novel or even just rearrange their furniture.
Pisces are very imaginative and like to think outside the box, so if they’re avoiding reality, they’ve got the abilities to easily do that. Since they’re extremely sensitive, they’re practicing self-care by not letting themselves be completely overwhelmed.
Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She’s had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman’s Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.