Holiday travel tips for balance
Five simple tips for finding and maintaining balance during holiday travel. While there is no magic formula, these simple mind and body approaches help me to be more present, feel good and enjoy the adventures that the holidays bring.
1 – Start Strong
While we all have many holiday traditions, treats and indulgences…especially when traveling to, or with family, I’ve found having a healthy breakfast can set a positive tone for the day. My favorite for family visits and travel around the world has been Greek yogurt mixed with my granola cereal mixture (flaxseed, nuts, granola and high fiber cereal). This mix gives the energy and fortification to start your day on a positive note.
Water, water and more water. This is key to feeling and looking well throughout days filled with flights, friends, family along with multiple traditions, expectations and unexpected ‘adventures’ that often arise
Per Mindbodygreen, these are 10 reasons to drink water. While these benefits are fabulous anytime, they are especially important during the hectic holiday season.
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue.
- Promotes Weight Loss.
- Flushes Out Toxins.
- Improves Skin Complexion.
- Maintains Regularity.
- Boosts Immune System.
- Natural Headache Remedy.
- Prevents Cramps & Sprains.
3 – Moderate
Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and holiday cocktails are just a few of the many treats to enjoy and share during the holidays – and you should! Life is too short not to eat (and drink) well, laugh often and love fully. Moderating these treats with healthy staples from your normal routine is key to staying in sync and feeling your best. My carry-on bag is always stocked with KIND, Cliff/Luna and Lara bars, nuts, fresh fruit. Don’t forget your daily supplements as well. These have saved the day for me on long-haul flights, and some visits, keeping healthy choices readily available.
4 – Rest and move
While this is much easier said than done, getting proper sleep and some type of exercise is key. Sometimes it is more fun to get to bed early and wake up for a brisk walk before the household gets moving…or sneak away for a brief mediation and some yoga. A sleep mask and ear plug are always good to tuck in your bag …just in case. You’ll be amazed how even a few minutes of extra rest and movement can make a difference.
5 – Joy Time
Pun intended here…make time to be happy and enjoy yourself. For me this means cherishing time with others and replenishing with a bit of quiet time alone. Both are equally important to be your best self and fully share in the activities of the holiday and trip.
Enjoy the goodness the holidays and travel offer – while taking care of yourself, for a truly Happy Holiday!
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