How to Practice Self-Care While Traveling
Summer means time for lovely vacation travel - or just more travel for work! Travel can be a great way to grow spiritually and refresh your soul. Ironically, it can also be huge stressor! Between changes in time zones and living out of your suitcase, you may find travel can be a bit of a pain. Practicing self-care while traveling is key to reducing jet lag and stress so you can get the most out of your time away. Whether you’re jetsetting for work or globetrotting for fun, here are some easy ways to stay energized and grounded on the road:
Pack any supplements and vitamins you need. Staying healthy is so critical, especially when your sleep may be disrupted by long flights. Make sure you’ve packed all of the vitamins and supplements you need to stay energized and healthy during your travels.
Simplify your skin care and make-up routine. Bring only the key skincare and makeup products that you need, and try to have travel products that are multipurpose, such as a moisturizer with built in SPF, or a lip color that can also be used as a blush or highlighter. And don’t forget to pack your Yubies! Unlike traditional bulky brushes, Yubi tools are lightweight and compact and designed for travel. With Yubi you won’t have to choose between a heavy bag (ugh!) and applying cosmetics with your fingers (breakouts!) on the go.
Stay hydrated with a reusable, stainless steel water bottle. Travel can be stressful and exhausting, so make sure you’ve got a stainless steel water bottle that you can refill and keeps your water cold. Staying hydrated will help prevent you from getting fatigued from lack of fluids, and will also help keep your skin from drying out in different climates. Stainless steel water bottles are also a healthier option than anything plastic based, which can contain toxins that leak into your water. Just be sure to empty out your water bottle before passing through airport security checkpoints!
Plan for ways to squeeze a workout in on your trip. Taking thirty minutes to hit the hotel gym or even just doing yoga in your room can help fight jet lag. Short, intense workouts not only help energize you with a rush of endorphins, they can also improve your sleep quality and make your trip more enjoyable. There are other ways to get in a workout: even just a brisk walk around your hotel or renting a bike to get the lay of the land can be great ways to get your blood pumping.
Stick to some semblance of a sleep schedule. Even if you decide to take advantage of the nightlife wherever you’re visiting, try and schedule in some time for naps during the day or set aside one day to get your sleep schedule in order. This is especially important if you’re jumping timezones. Getting enough sleep can enhance your experiences, so find a way to get in at least a few nights of high-quality snoozing.
Journal and capture your experiences. Even if you’re just traveling for work, take some time to reflect on your travels and any new experiences on the road. Collecting photos and sharing with friends can help you enjoy your travel even after it ends.
Traveling can help us broaden our horizons and get out of our comfort zones. Practicing self-care on the road can only enhance our experiences — and help stave away sickness, so make time for yourself in your adventures. Send us a postcard!
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