Being able to combine work and traveling has been my dream since I was a kid. This year this dream came true- but with ‘side effects’ I did not anticipate. Changing places so often and being fully there for all the new adventures, work opportunities and friends made me neglect myself and my own needs. Here are the most important lessons I learned along the journey:
Sounds simple but is so important! Drinking a lot of water keeps me energized and fresh, my skin feels and looks better, and my digestion adapts to new timezones and exotic foods faster.
EAT HEALTHY WHOLESOME PLANTBASED FOOD
Eating healthy at home is so much easier than keeping a healthy diet when I’m on the road! Snacking on junk food is tempting but I learned that it doesn’t make me feel good, my digestion suffers and so does my skin. I pack healthy snacks and invest into eating at healthy places over eating french fries at fast food restaurants.
Traveling often means a lot of sitting. Regular exercise makes you feel better and sleep better.
THE JET LAG STORY
Did you know your body needs one day to adjust to one-hour difference in the time zones? That means that if I travel from Central Europe to New York City which is 6 time zones away my body will need six days to adapt. That’s why I have to travel very far I try to arrange it so that I stay there longer. It’s not only more ecological than flying back and forth, but also healthier for my body.
EATING AT NORMAL TIMES
This one really helps to fight the jet lag. It’s tempting to eat at random times/during the night when your body is all confused from traveling. Eating breakfast at breakfast time, linch at noon and dinner at night makes it easier for your body to ‘arrive’. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
It’s easy to ignore your needs when you travel. Make sure to connect with yourself every day, ask your body mind, and soul what they need and give it to them. My favourite way of connecting with myself is morning meditation. It’s my way of arriving, grounding and communicating with myself. Do things that you actually feel like doing, make space for resting and rechargin