7 Wellness Hacks

Home or Travel: 7 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy

Life can get stressful at times, and no matter how much you may love what you do – whether it is your job or taking care of family – we can get to a point where we need a break from it all. Taking care of ourselves is essential, it is not a luxury or an indulgence, but just as important as taking care of others who rely on us. That’s why we have to take action before we feel overwhelmed and stressed.

While some of us might struggle with the notion of putting on our oxygen masks before assisting others during an emergency on a flight, that is a perfect example how self-care works. In our daily lives, we need to take action before we run out of air and risk being of little help for our families and friends or in our jobs.

At Protravel International, we have long understood that we have to be kind to ourselves and to take care of our physiological health. It is well established that stress causes many of our health issues and can lead to problems sleeping, overeating or skipping the gym and outdoor activity.

Here are just a few tips from our travel experts on how you can stay healthy at home and while you travel.

  1. First of all, ensure that you get plenty of sleep every night, not only on the weekends. Regardless if you are an early bird or a night owl, try to create a better bedtime routine and allow yourself to get at least 7-8 hours before a gentle alarm wakes you; yes, avoid starting your day with a shrill, loud sound that tears you out of your dreams. Avoid blue/cold screens and lights and try to practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques before you slip under the covers.
  2. “When traveling or just at home, take advantage of hotel & resort exercise classes and workouts – I like a variety of Pilates, cardio, machines, or even working with a personal trainer who I connect with. I travel with pilates ring and stretch straps. I usually do stretching exercises on the plane – people may think I’m weird, but that doesn’t bother me. I am taking care of myself and my health.” Joyce Striar (Protravel, Harrison, NY)
Couple doing Yoga at seaside
  1. Aerobic activities are a great way to help prevent heart disease and stroke and lowering your blood pressure. You also strengthen your bones and control your weight. So, take an hour of your day for brisk walking or jogging, bicycling, swimming, dancing, or playing basketball – anything that’s fun for you. It is easier than you think to incorporate these activities into your travels and daily life too.
  2. Coloring books are fun for young and older travelers alike, so, whether during your flight, by the beach, or just at home, give your mind a break by coloring a few pages. When you start you will feel how coloring can be a form of meditation, your focus is shifted, you stay in the moment and practice to be more mindful. Best of all, it can also reduce anxiety.
  3. Another simple but effective way to reduce stress and anxiety is to listen to your favorite music – especially to songs from your happiest years, as those have a greater bind to your brain – has incredible benefits for your health and overall wellbeing. It can also improve your memory and workout performance and help you to heal faster.
  4. Most cultures have ancient traditions of healing. Some — such as Ayurvedic therapies whose origins are in India — have carried over to the modern day and have been integrated in general wellness applications. Enjoying a deep tissue massage or other body treatment can also do wonders for your physical and mental health and add another dimension of de-stressing while on vacation. Ask your travel agent to book you at a hotel or resort that offers these or other healing services.
  5. Make sure, you not only metaphorically but also literally disconnect while you’re on vacation. Leave all your worries behind for a few days or even weeks. It is your time to decompress and relax and have a digital detox. Turn your smartphone off or put it away and truly enjoy the moment and your surroundings. Even at home, it is important to detach yourself from your electronic devices from time to time. It might be difficult at first, but as soon as you see the benefits, you will take a break more frequently.

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