Vision boards everywhere have self-care front and center, but very few have a real plan to make it happen. I am always surprised at the number of women who don’t feel like they should practice self-care, as if they don’t matter. I truly believe if you don’t take care of yourself, then how can you effectively take care of others?
No matter your lifestyle, you should always find moments to focus on yourself. Solo traveling helps me do this effectively. Generally, I can see/do what I want, where I want, and when I want at my own pace. The agenda belongs to me and it is rewarding. I try to include an extra day in my “work” trips to allow for “me time.” Spontaneous travel is probably my favorite because I generally choose a destination based on price with no real agenda other than to go.
No matter the destination or reason, it is important to add small moments of self-care. These five tips help make it easier to practice self-care while traveling.
Your choice of hotel matters. Read the reviews and amenities offered. Request that your room not be close to the elevator. You can avoid the noise and get a few extra steps in while walking to your room. Hotels are learning that we want more than a place to sleep but a place to unwind. Some offer in room exercise and tools for relaxation.
2. Self-Care Kit:
Create a kit with essential items that you know you will use on most trips. Store them in a bag together that is easily accessible, and even though many hotels offer personal items, nothing beats your favorites.
One of my favorite items is thePhilips SatinShave Advanced. This wet/dry rechargeable shaver has saved me from lots of nicks and cuts. It is definitely easier to get a close shave without irritating the skin. Being able to use it wet or dry is a huge bonus because I always seem to forget to shave something while in the shower.
I hate to admit that prior to the Philips SatinShave Advanced, I have used disposable razors but disposable doesn’t mean recyclable, which is troubling. Let’s face it, they are bad for the skin and the environment. The Philips SatinShave Advanced charges easily and takes up very little space. I plug it in after a thorough clean and it is ready for the next use.
Gather other items that add to a relaxing trip such as bath bombs, favorite smells, or pajamas; stick to items that bring about feelings of relaxation.
A journal or notebook is a great tool for self-care. Use it to record all of the day’s events as part of a much needed brain dump or to practice your daily affirmations. You can keep it in your purse, to jot notes while out and about or maybe you like to create doodles. A good notebook can be used for many things.
4. Be Present
Take this break as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Further enrich your experience by practicing mindfulness and/or meditating. It is a great way to give your mental state a refresh.
5. Skip the Diet
This is not time to stress yourself or start a new diet unless for medical reasons. Allow your taste buds to explore the culture without stress. I am not saying to overindulge, but I find that I eat better while traveling as I am mindful of staying hydrating, eating more small meals, and maintaining balance.
How will you make self-care a priority during your next trip?
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