I spent six days on a business trip. Stayed at a boutique hotel in Santa Monica, LA yet I struggled.
It has taken me years to create rituals for myself in different situations. For instance, parenting, that moment where if you don’t walk away, it could get really ugly. My ritual in this instance is to take a time out. I walk away and go behind closed doors. Sometimes my kids try to persuade me to leave my room but I don’t. Instead I take 10 deep long breathes. It’s like the Honeymooners, when Ed Norton tells Ralph Kramden to take 10 breathes before he responds.
Rituals help keep me sane, happy, healthy, and moving past resistance.
Then there’s the ritual for my digestion, my marriage, my movement, and so on. This is years in the making. However, I did not create a ritual for traveling for business longer than a day or two because I never experienced more than that until last week. I was on a trip or six days and it wasn’t all pleasure. It was Lyft rides throughout Southern LA, traffic, meetings, starving, and no routine. I didn’t even get to go for a run because I just didn’t. My head wanted to but my body sure didn’t.
I had access to a beautiful beach, gym, and a restaurant that offered freshly pressed green juices, yet I still struggled.
It wasn’t my green juice and it was costly $$$.
I didn’t have time to get to the beach for a run.
No desire to go to the gym, where I didn’t know the equipment, space restrictions and crowd.
Struggling with anxiety all my life, anytime my routine changes, it takes me a long time to adapt. And while I’m trying to figure it out it makes me anxious.
Morning rituals to me are most important and usually set up my day. Last week I was sharing my room with my husband who was also on a business trip and the room was too small for privacy. There were no crystals, no incense, and no luke warm water with lemon and cayenne. I started my day with chamomile tea and ended it with green juice and french fries.
I can actually feel myself getting anxious about being out of my routine. I have the voices in my head
I am not going to have time to run.
I didn’t eat any greens today.
OMG!! when was the last time I went to the bathroom!!
What about water!! I need filtered, non-plastic bottled water
I want a green apple but damn $2 and it’s not even organic, I’ll take peanut M&M’s please
Here are (3) Simple Rituals For Your Health While Traveling
- Buy a travel yoga mat. I love Manduka. You can buy it on Amazon and have it waiting at the hotel or delivered over night to your home. Take your mat lay it on the floor as a reminder that you need to get there even if for a quick stretch, body weight exercise or yoga sequence
- First thing in the morning, get yourself some hot water and ask for lemon if there’s a restaurant of some sort. Squeeze it in the water and get your body alkalized. DO NOT DRINK COFFEE OR TEA FIRST. It’s acidic (unless it’s herbal tea) and bad for your digestive system
- Take a moment to be in stillness. You can download a mediation app (I like Headspace) or just set up a timer and sit quietly for a few moments each time you get back into your room. This helps reset you mind. A side note, I like to open the window and let out the energy of others that have been in that room. I do believe we are energy beings and when we are in the hotel room enclosed and tiny, we are can be sucked into others people energy.
That’s it!! I hope this at least helps you to get you thinking about some of your own rituals for traveling. Please feel free to share if you have any other rituals that you find work for you when you are traveling in the comment box below.
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