As a leader in the health and wellness industry, I travel frequently for work. Keeping healthy on the road is an absolute necessity in order to perform my job. Leading wellness retreats requires a lot of physical energy and it can be mentally exhausting
keeping participants organized and adhering to tight schedules. As a wellness educator, I teach skills, tips and strategies for maintaining good health practices while traveling. To maintain my personal wellness routine, I strategically pack my travel bag with items that support a healthy, balanced life.
In my book, Live Your Healthiest Life, I describe the FIVE PILLARS for maintaining balance. These pillars have been a way of life for me and have lead me to my greatest successes. Most importantly, they have created better health, deeper love and greater happiness in my life. The FIVE PILLARS are: a positive mindset; good nutrition; proper hydration; an active lifestyle and renewal. My travel bag contains items from each of the five pillars, keeping me on my regimen, no matter where my travels take me.
Positive thinking is an important practice. It plays a strong role influencing your state of happiness. When I travel, I bring a journal to write down all the amazing things that happened on my journey. If my itinerary is particularly demanding, I stuff in a few mantra cards. During stressful periods, reading a favorite mantra redirects my thinking, back in a positive direction. Before retiring for the night, I write down one thing that I am most grateful for that day. By keeping my mind on a positive track, it seems to make things go more smoothly. Always remember, happiness is a state of mind. You can have it, any time you choose to.
Many people fret over the lack of healthy food options when they travel. Good nutrition is essential for maintaining health. You must always have a backup plan. I never leave home without packing my own power trail mix of dried berries and nuts. Berries are rich in antioxidants. I suggest one blue and one red for your mix. Blueberries and cranberries go well together and give you a big nutritional bang for your buck. Look for dried fruits without added sugars. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help improve your health. Nuts contain a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny transportable package. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Eating nuts reduces your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack.” Choose the healthiest nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds. The healthy fats they contain will help sustain your energy throughout the day.
Vitamineral Green is my on-the-go, portable, green drink of choice. It is a staple when I am traveling. Vitamineral Green™ is a superior, nutritionally dense, therapeutic green superfood powder which supports blood sugar, detoxification, the immune system, irregularity, and longevity. Mix the powder with water and shake vigorously. Presto. In seconds, you have a nutritionally rich, superfood drink. It comes in a convenient travel size that lasts for a few weeks.
Dehydration leaves you tired, anxious and queasy. When traveling, it is important to maintain proper hydration. Packing a travel bottle to refill with water that doubles as a shaker, makes staying hydrated and nourished a whole lot easier. If you tend to feel nauseous when flying or driving, pack some dried ginger in your travel bag and put it in your water bottle. Ginger is a good treatment for nausea and motion sickness as well as a natural anti-inflammatory. It is also available in liquid dropper form, small enough to meet travel requirements.
An active lifestyle is critical to your good health and longevity. I never leave the house without my athletic shoes. They are either on my feet, in the trunk of my car, or in my travel bag. There is no better way to explore an area of town than by foot. You see and experience so much more than you would, if you were in a car. Walking is a good way to pack more activity into your day. Adding a few push ups, dips and lunges to your walk makes it a complete workout. Find a city bench to perform your push ups and dips and you won’t have to ever put your hands on the ground. Do enough repetitions to feel muscle fatigue.
Renewal means different things to different people. I define it as taking time to enjoy each day fully. Part of a physically fit lifestyle is proper rest. When you are away from home and familiar surroundings, getting a good night sleep can be a challenge. Create a transportable bedtime ritual that provides you the comforts of home. Begin with softening the lights. This eases the stress on the eyes and prepares you for rest. A steamy shower relaxes the muscles and washes away the stress of the day. A dab of essential oil, bottled conveniently in travel size, encourages deep breathing and calms the central nervous system. A comfortable robe will keep you warm and cozy. Playing music soothes your mood and eases your mind. Be sure to pack your own playlist prior to leaving home, incase the hotel does not have a good option. Lastly, sip a hot cup of herbal tea, I always pack my favorite. Preparing a serene environment and following a nighttime routine, prepares you for a blissful night’s sleep. ZZZZZZZ.
With a good travel plan, it’s simple to maintain a wellness routine on the road. All you need is some organization, strategic packing and a positive attitude. Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself while traveling. Being on the road can be enlivening. It breaks up the monotony of being in an office, day in and day out. Enjoy the journey. Do the best you can to make every day a healthy one and keep a light-hearted spirit. Healthy travel adventures to ALL!