Summer is here and everybody will be planning for a vacation. Traveling is amazing if you're healthy, but too much traveling can be stressful and can affect your overall health and well-being. Is it possible to embrace health and keep your mind, body and spirit in working while traveling? My answer is YES!!
I would suggest some simple steps to stay healthy and happy while traveling with these tips that are inspired by Ayurveda.
The aspects of happiness, nourishment, strength, virility, knowledge, and long life are attained by sound and timely sleep. Sleep is the time for rebuilding and reconstruction. It is an anabolic event and is held to be as best as the divine elixir. If sleep is lost, all the doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha will be vitiated as per Ayurveda.
Do you know how much you should sleep while traveling? Listen to your body's demands and decide based on that. Traveling can be harsh to the body and your body needs adequate rest. So, plan well, giving enough time to rest. Don’t overdo while roaming and be sure to give yourself enough time for little breaks.
Practice Mindful Eating
You should be sure to take the right quantity of food, since it is quantity which helps maintain proper digestive power. Avoid raw salads and uncooked food while traveling since it aggravates Vata dosha. Have simple, warm, and grounding meals. Do not skip your breakfast, thinking you will have a scrumptious meal at noon.
Carry a water bottle throughout your trip. If possible use a thermos, and drink warm to hot water. The hot water will help open up the channels and reduces the formation of toxins in the body. Hot water is carminative, digestive, desirable to throat, light, and it cleanses the bladder as per Ayurveda. It also helps in pacifying the aggravated Vata and Kapha.
Don’t Forget Your Routine
Wake up, eat, sleep, and exercise at the same times daily, like you would regularly. It is always better to watch on your destination time zone right from the beginning of travel for your body to get adjusted with the time change. By doing so, your circadian rhythm will not be hampered and the effects of jet lag will also be reduced.
Pamper Your Skin
Carry some coconut oil, and apply at bed time. This will nourish your skin and keep it lustrous even after sun exposure.
Triphala is a herbal compound that contains three fruits, one being Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), which contains loads of vitamin C and antioxidants. This will help support the immune system to help fight off any bugs you may pick up on your journey. Also, taking Triphala at bedtime (1 tsp powder with 1/2 cup warm water) ensures proper bowel movement and kindles the digestive fire.
Cut Down on Sugars and Alcoholic Drinks
Sugar and alcoholic beverages will make you tired and disturbs your sleep. You might enjoy the drink, but won’t be able to enjoy the trip.
Above all, always indulge in yourself while traveling. Breath in the beauty of air, delight in the presence of your loved ones, and travel with all your heart and soul.