When you are away from home for any extended period of time, it’s easy to get out of your routine and feel “out of whack”. Even if I am having the best time ever, often times I am left at the end of the day with a tummy ache. So, here’s what I do, when I feel like I’m away from my normal routine. Check it out…
1. Breathe and enjoy it – Don’t worry so much – I think the expectations we set up for ourselves to maintain a healthy lifestyle is probably what makes “leaving the routine” so difficult. It’s the internal pressure that we have to drink 2 glasses of water before coffee or to sweat it out for at least 30 minutes before breakfast, that when we miss it, we feel bad about ourselves. And god forbid we forget to pack the collagen peptide packets!
Don’t worry so much, it’s not worth it. Let it go and instead try to be in the moment. Breathe and enjoy it. Listen to what you need at that time, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss your daily handful of supplements one morning.
If you think about it this way, the purpose of routine is to help us manage our time and achieve our goals. When you’re at home or working routine is essential for productivity. When you’re on vacation, your routine, or lack thereof, should also align with your goals. And when your goals are to relax, disconnect from your daily reality and reconnect with yourself and your traveling partner, breaking from routine may be just what you need.
After all, you are away from home for a reason, and most likely it’s to disconnect from your daily reality. I think it is healthy to give yourself and your body a break from the strict day-to-day schedule. Bottom line – stick to your routine, when you can, while you’re away, but don’t over react if you miss a few steps along the way, it’s part of the adventure. Your routine will be waiting for you when you return home, and by then, you will be happy to jump right back into it.
2. Drink lots of water – I really can’t say this enough. I tell myself all the time that I need to drink more water (I typically keep a big jug on my desk at work for this very reason). But it’s even more uber important while you’re traveling. Airplanes, trains, and automobiles are breeding grounds for your next cold. As when your body is dehydrated, you are more susceptible, as you are not giving yourself a way to flush out the daily toxins, but also helping your body prevent things like headaches and tummy issues. (Which definitely tend to happen to me, while I’m on vacay.)
Another benefit of staying hydrated, which I’m a big believer in, is to clear up your complexion/skin. I can’t tell you how much clearer my skin became while I was away for two weeks. (And I was out of my routine!) I do think a big part of it was a reduction of stress and probably the moisture in the air was helpful, but I also think that the amount of water I had was a big contributor. When we got to Hawaii, we bought a flat of water to keep in our hotel room and we would grab a few to go every time we went out. Or, you could tots bring a re-fillable one with you… I just didn’t think of that when I was packing for my trip the morning we left. (I blame the honeymoon brain).