By Dawna Matthews:
We all travel at some point in our lives, some people more than others. We travel for work, play,
vacation, holiday and celebration. I am currently on a trip out of state to visit family for a wedding celebration. The last thing I want to worry about is getting sick or feeling tired and unable to feel my best while away from home, or being run down and tired when I return. Here are some tools to use when traveling to help you feel rested, rejuvenated and well:
- Pack Some Snacks: Oftentimes when we travel, we think we will have plenty of time to grab some food while on the go. This usually takes longer than we think, and there are not always the best food choices for our health and wellness. I find that, with a little planning, it’s easy to pack some snacks, drinks and mini-meals for my travels, and this helps to avoid fast food places. Another wonderful option is to visit a local grocery store at my destination. Some of my favorite foods for travel are fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, hummus, trail mix and tea packets.
- Create a Nest: Bring along a few home comforts or things you like that will help you feel peaceful and comforted. This is super important for your stress levels, and enables you to relax and rejuvenate. One of the first things I like to do that helps make me feel settled in a space away from home is to unpack my bags and put my belongings in the dresser or closet. I usually play some of my favorite music while I unpack. Also, place a few personal objects in the hotel room to remind yourself of home. Some items you may want to bring to create a cozy atmosphere are a pillow, essential oils, a candle, and your favorite hoodie, scarf or robe.
- Stay Hydrated: Dehydration is a common side effect of travel due to altitude and climate changes.We can lose many essential electrolytes as well as become more irritable and short-tempered due to dehydration when we travel, so it is very important to stay hydrated. Drink water with lemon or coconut water to replenish vital minerals as well as to avoid feeling cranky.
- Trick Your Jet Lag: Many people feel tired or out of sorts when they travel due to the time changes and “jet lag.” By using these simple rules, you can feel rested, energized, and more in sync with your body’s rhythm: if traveling east, get as much natural light as possible during the day in order to help shift your biological clock forward; if traveling west, try to spend time in well lit or bright spaces at night in order to help turn your body clock back.
- Move Your Body: Body movement and exercise are vital to our health. It helps us to decrease our stress levels as well as boost our mood. You can go to the gym if that’s what you enjoy, but try incorporating a little body movement while exploring the area you are visiting. You can walk to the attractions, swim, hike along the beach or in a park, ride a bike, or practice some yoga.
It’s important to take care yourself every day — at home or on the road. By implementing one or more of the travel tips above, you are helping your body maintain its feel good self, you will enjoy being away from home, and you can return home recharged and restored. What are some travel tips for wellness you have to share?