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There’s nothing quite like changing time zones to have us feeling off center. As a result, it can take several days to find balance once we’ve arrived at our destination. Here are some tips to make the journey a little less challenging:

 

Music can be a big help on any trip, near or far. By creating an ambient playlist of your choosing, music becomes your life’s personal soundtrack. While classical and traditional flute might set a soothing tone, up-tempo music can bring a burst of energy at those moments when we need a wake-up. When planning your trip, consider the time frame of different points of travel and what kind of music might be helpful, then make your playlists accordingly and enjoy the benefits of music as a therapeutic modality.

 

Good Nutrition can be a challenge to find when traveling. Airports are full of fast food, a perfect nutrition-less trap for the traveler who hasn’t eaten for hours. The deficient levels of nutrition in junk food mean that it lacks the fuel needed for the body to produce energy and instead leads to lethargy. Bus and train stations tend to offer even fewer options. Taking a little time to look around for the healthiest choice can be a worthy endeavor as fresh salads, whole grains and smoothies are more readily available than ever. Homemade snacks and goodies can also be a big help when we’re on the road. Set aside time before your departure date to purchase fresh fruit and prepare raw energy bars and sprouted nuts, for easy to go nutrition!

 

Deep Rest is an essential part of maintaining a sense of balance, regardless of where we’re headed. Pre-dawn layovers, jet lag, and insomnia can lead to a weariness on the road. Changes in our sleep schedule interrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythms. By developing the ability to self-induce a relaxed state, we can invite deep replenishing rest wherever we are. Observing and regulating our breathing is a good way to sooth the nervous system. Place your hands on your belly, inhale and allow your belly to inflate, taking a moment to pause at the top of your inhale. Next, allow your exhale to release naturally, pausing at the end of the breath. Observe the movement in your belly as you continue to allow your breath to move in rhythmic measure. Repeat and rest

 

Extensions through the body can relieve aches and pains acquired from sitting for long periods of time. Carrying heavy bags, children and concerns on our shoulders while traveling, can lead to a lot of tension in the body. Making the most of our surroundings is key. Although you might not have a lot of space or privacy, feel free to be the person in the crowd that reaches their arms up high, creating space in the spine, or rolling your head around to free up neck tension. To go deeper, close your eyes and breathe…

 

Essential Oils are a valuable tool to keep in your carry-on, for maintaining a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit. These potent oils and blends can transform a travel experience from drowsy to dazzling, from stressed to serene. Due to their small molecular size, essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier, thereby affecting the brain and it’s functions. The lipid soluble molecules in essential oils help to balance hormones, support immune function and naturally elevate mood. Try rubbing a few drops of pure, organic lavender or chamomile to your shirtsleeve or scarf to calm and soothe you during travels, or peppermint and geranium for more energy and clarity. Inhale and allow the scent to bring a renewed sense of balance to the adventure.

 

Whether on the road or at home, maintaining a sense of balance requires that we are mindful of a pro-active approach; rest, nourish and extend yourself while listening and breathing.

 

Author:

Sunny Gorg


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