How to Travel and Maintain your Body's Balance
Travel is amazing.
It affords you so many opportunities to open your mind, relax and enjoy your life.
It can serve as an escape from the daily grind and as a way to learn more about the world you live in.
It can also lead to some serious disruptions in your digestive system, sleep routine and overall health.
But how can you resist those rich, new foods and staying out late to see a new nightlife?
You don't have to sacrifice the thrill of new experiences to maintain your health.
Here are some simple tips I've learned along the way to support your health while you vacation...
1. Dehydration - Airplane travel sucks the life (moisture) out of you!
Be sure to drink room temperature water throughout your day of travel. Some say 1 cup of water for every hour of air travel, but I like to think of drinking as much as you think your body needs. Try sipping some water before you feel thirsty. Bring your own refillable water bottle and fill it up as you go! Keep it in your seat-back pocket as a way to remind yourself to drink water. Buy one with a handle so you can carry it around. If you have your water bottle on hand, you're way more likely to drink it.
You can also add a drop or two of Lemon essential oil to your water to aid in the cellular uptake of all that water you're drinking!
2. Digest, Interrupted - Heavy, spicy, or food that is unusual for you can really weigh you down.
Dirgha Pranyama or Three-Part Breath can really help aid you with digestive issues by encouraging the body to relax and keep it's natural flow. In one inhale, breathe deeply into the belly, ribs and then the chest. Slowly exhale from the chest, ribs and then belly. Do this 10 times before bed and after you wake up to relax your body.
Try this simple and quick meditation before you start your day's adventure to encourage total relaxation so you can truly enjoy your day. >>>
I never travel without my DigestZen essential oil which works wonders for relieving bloating, indigestion, and upset stomach. Absolutely essential!
3. Rest - Sleep patterns can easily be disrupted when traveling long distances. Jet lag, new beds, and an exciting daily itinerary can make it hard to get your body's normal amount of sleep. Try to stick a usual bedtime and be sure to catch those 6-7 hours of Z's. It can be tempting to spring out of bed and hit the road, but just one more hour of sleep can make all of the difference for you.
Breathing a drop or two of Lavender essential oil or DoTerra's Serenity blend are amazing for supporting restful sleep; helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feel more rested! I love to add a couple of drops in my hand and rub it across my pillow and the top of my sheets.
4. Major Sun Exposure - beware of sun! This is another reason to stay extra hydrated! The sun can really wear you out, not to mention, burn your beautiful skin! Enjoy your time at the beach, lake, or hiking responsibly. Bring your reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go. Bring a hat and light weight long sleeve shirt to cover up if you're out in the sun for more than a few hours.
In the event of over exposure to the sun (i.e. sunburn), I use a little mixture of coconut oil and Lavender essential oil to soothe and heal irritated skin.
5. Rush of excitement - The excitement of travel can hike up anxiety levels so it's important to stay
Practice grounding techniques like mindful eating, deep breathing, and taking time to slow down and really savor your journey. If you are on a short getaway it can be tempting to try to squeeze it all in, which can actually cause you to feel more stressed, tense, and anxious. Budget your time wisely and be sure to include plenty of time for relaxation.
Another great grounding tool is using your essential oils for a relaxing massage. Apply some Lavender or Frankincense with some coconut oil to your joints and massage out to the extremities. Peppermint can be a major relief at the end of the day! Apply to your legs and feet for a cooling effect. Try this free video for some great massage techniques..