Travelling is an exciting yet exhausting process for many. Whether you’re travelling the world (as much as you can at the moment) or jetting to a new country, making time for self-care is an important task.
If you tend to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle while you’re at home, it often goes out of the window when you’re heading to a new country. After all, you want to experience a new culture, have fun and live life to the full while you have the time.
Taking care of yourself and making space for self-care while travelling will prevent you from burning out when you head back home. It’ll also help to balance your mood too, so you won’t suffer from post-travel blues.
How can you practise self-care while travelling? Here are 5 top tips to consider.
Stick to your sleep schedule
If you’re used to getting 8 hours a night, getting up at 6am or going to bed before midnight, then try to stick to the same schedule while you travel. It can be difficult to do but it will ensure you get enough sleep to aid your health.
If you struggle to doze off, try using a sleep mask or some ear plugs to help you snooze.
Go for walks
Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, and if you’re getting a lot of steps in it doesn’t matter too much that you’re missing the gym or your regular workouts. It’s super easy to schedule in walking on holiday – see if there are any walking tours you can take to see the local sights. You could also see if there are any local hiking trails too.
Instead of hiring a car, try visiting local areas on foot instead. If you want to head somewhere that’s a distance away from your accommodation, hiring a bicycle is a good alternative.
It’s essential to stay hydrated, especially if you’re visiting a hot country. Depending on where you’re visiting, you may not be able to drink water from the tap (ask your travel rep or a hotel worker if you’re unsure). Drinking bottled water is your best bet as you can be sure that it’s clean and sanitary to drink.
Remember to bring a reusable water bottle with you so you can refill it and take it with you when you go out. You’ll be able to stay refreshed during the day.
Consider your health issues
You don’t need to stop travelling because of your health issues. For example, if you require oxygen support, you can take a portable oxygen concentrator with you. Most airlines are willing to allow you to travel with one of these – you may require a letter from your doctor but you can check with your individual airline before you travel.
Whether you take medication or require extra support, you can easily take these things with you. Just be sure to do your research beforehand and you won’t have any problems!
Load up on your fruit and vegetables
Wherever you’re travelling to is bound to offer fruit or vegetables in their cuisine. Even if you can’t spot anything healthy on offer at a local restaurant, you’ll be able to find a grocery store stocking some nice fresh veggies or fruit. Including these in your diet will give you the nourishment your body needs while you’re away from home. You could even take some healthy snacks with you while you’re sightseeing too.