8 Wellness Hacks

8 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy

Life can get stressful at times and no matter how much we love what we do – whether it is your job or taking care of your 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 mask before assisting others during an emergency on a flight, this is a perfect example how selfcare works. We need to understand that when we ensure that our mask is securely placed over our nose and mouth, only then we are able to help others who rely on us and need our assistance. In our daily lives it is exactly the same, 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, we have long understood that we have to be kind to ourselves and to take care of our physiological health and our minds. Oftentimes, we can see that stress causes most of our health issues as it can lead to problems sleeping and falling into bad habits, such as overeating or more and more often soothing ourselves with comfort food or skipping the gym or outdoor activity because we feel too tired.

Here are just a few tips on how you can stay healthy and be your best possible self at home and while you travel.

  1. First of all, ensure that you get plenty of sleep – and that every night, not only on the weekends. This is especially challenging for all of us night owls out there. Regardless if you are an early bird or a night owl, try to create a better bed time routine and allow yourself to have at least 7-8 hours before a gentle alarm wakes you – yes avoid starting your day with a shrill, loud sound that tears you right 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, partake in exercise classes and workouts – I like a variety of Pilates, cardio, machines, or even working with a personal trainer who I connect with. – Joyce Striar (Protravel, Harrison, NY)
  1. We agree with Joyce, it is so important to stay active. Aerobic activities are great to stay healthy as they help you prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle 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 mixtapes. Listening to music – especially to songs from your teenage years as those had a greater bind to our brain – has incredible benefits on your health and overall wellbeing. It can also improve your memory and workout performance and help you to heal faster. The science behind it is fascinating. Just take Weightless by Marconi Union as an example. Specifically designed to slow down the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and ultimately your stress levels, Marconi Union created this song in collaboration with sound therapists. You can find Weightless (it’s song 14) and many more relaxing songs on our Wellness Playlist.
  4. 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)
  5. You most likely have heard of esoteric healing called reiki, which is a Japanese therapeutic technique developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Intended to relieve stress, anxiety, and also promote maximum levels of relaxation, reiki can help you rejuvenate physically and mentally. Ask your wellness travel expert to help you find a hotel or resort that offers esoteric healing.
  6. 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.

Feeling inspired? To speak to one of our expert wellness travel agents, call 800.227.1059.