The world is opening up and (though we don’t want to jinx it) it seems there may be a light at the end of the long covid tunnel. In addition to restaurants welcoming diners back inside and large social events ramping up, international travel is finally returning-- and even without masks. And while this is exciting news, it's not all clear skies. Though many of us are eager to start traveling again, after being stuck at home for more than 2 years, traveling again can seem stressful and daunting. Here are a few tips to incorporate health and wellness into your upcoming travels:
Maintain Your Routine
Ease into travel by maintaining your daily routine while on vacation. Try to keep your sleep schedule and meal times consistent, especially on the first few days of traveling. Most importantly, build in time to maintain your wellness and meditation routines to help manage unexpected stress while adjusting to your new environment.
Incorporating exercise and walking into your vacation whenever possible will help you stay healthy and feel your best while traveling. Walking around white sightseeing in a new city and incorporating gentle movement into your daily itineraries will help you adjust to any time changes, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
Drinking water has immense benefits-- especially while traveling. Water helps ease the effects of jet lag, flush out toxins, moisturize your skin, and boost your energy. Try to drink plenty of water while on your trip by bringing a water bottle with you and hydrating at mealtimes.
Practice Mindfulness Exercises
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, try these quick relaxing mindfulness exercises and tips:
Take five deep breaths
Listen to music
Pick a spot to meditate while sightseeing.
While traveling again is certainly exciting, it can also be stressful for many of us who have spent the last two years in isolation. Wherever your travels take you, remember to prioritize your health and continue to flourish and live well.