I try to take care of my health, both inside and outside of my body. It’s so much simpler to do at home, where I have the security of my routines and less temptations—not to mention the knowledge of when the light enters my room in the morning.
Travel has had an impact on my health habits over the years. I would eat recklessly and operate on too few hours of rest. Exercise routines flew out the window in exchange for late nights. Thankfully over the years I have figured out how to translate healthy self care to my travel life, especially since I plan to do as much travel as I can! My motto is to bring along some best practices from home that allow you to indulge in all that travel offers while not totally losing some healthy habits during the trip.
Protect your sleep
Traveling to far-off destination means crossing time zones, which can be hazardous to your sleep habits. There's nothing more disorienting than being exhausted at 10:00 a.m. local time but wide awake in the middle of the night. One thing that helps, no matter where you are in the world, is to get immediately on your destination's time zone when your plane lands. If you land at 7:00 a.m. local time, stay awake, even if it would be the middle of the night at home. It helps make the transition as seamless as possible.
Stay hydrated, from the inside out
Staying hydrated helps make everything about you feel a little better. It aids digestion and help you feel more awake, not to mention hydrated skin makes you look more awake! I always carry a bottle of water with me, and I make sure to fill it right before I get on the plane. They never serve enough in the air, and I always drink more when I have my favorite bottle with me.
Traveling can make my eyes feel dry and tired. Using eye patches helps minimize puffiness, which is a bonus. Mostly, I love how much better I feel after using my favorite, the Petitfee Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches. They help the skin thin under my eyes feel less parched, and I feel more relaxed and awake after using them.
Keep your body moving
So many of us commit to a workout routine at home and abandon it completely on vacation. (Or we go the other way and do something extreme, like climb a mountain!) Keeping up with some sort of fitness routine helps your body feel like itself. Even something as simple as using a yoga app, like Down Dog, helps keep your blood flowing and your joints loosened. If you're a walker or a runner, it's one of the best ways to explore a new place. I like to talk to locals or hotel concierges about interesting—and safe—running routes.
Make healthy choices—most of the time
Part of traveling involves seeking outside experiences and sensations, from attempting to converse in other languages to sampling local cuisine. At times, I'll admit, I used the "local cuisine" part of my travels to overindulge in food I would normally eat in moderation.
Now I strive to make healthier choices, though I still revel in small portions of decadent desserts or savory dishes I don't make for myself at home. In addition, I keep vitamins in my travel bag to help keep my body functioning correctly. Green Vibrance is my go-to solution. The all-encompassing powder contains tons of probiotics, which definitely helps with foreign food and new time schedules
Be proactive about your energy
Finally, I make deliberate choices about the jewelry I wear while traveling. I focus on gemstones that invite and promote healthy energy. I loved this post about gemstones that can help bring positive energy to your travels. Two of my pieces I suggest for travel are the Heart and Mind Necklace and the Dharma Wheel Bracelet.
The aquamarine in the bracelet promotes a feeling of calm, which helps balance nervousness about travel and the excitement about trying something new. The malachite and amethyst in the necklace help with cleansing, decision making, and the desire to explore new things—perfect for keeping myself safe while opening my heart to new experiences.
Maintaining positive habits involves some pre-planning, some willpower, and a little bit of trial and error! After all, who's to say how much gelato is too much? Staying healthy while traveling means I waste no time when I land somewhere new and recover that much easier so I am ready when I return home so I am ready for the next adventurous trip.
Do you have a favorite best practice to stay healthy while traveling?