• 8 Ways To Say Goodbye To Post Travel Fatigue

    8 Ways To Say Goodbye To Post Travel Fatigue

    After returning home from a  jam-packed trip with my two teenage girls, I found myself weary and tired. I have to admit that I have never been a world-class traveler. Being sensitive has its downside, and post travel fatigue is one of them.

    It is easy to get out of our routine when traveling and to overdo it as we try to fit in everything.

    My body was aching and my mind was exhausted.   As we age, it gets harder to recover from overdoing. It takes intention and loving kindness toward one’s self to get back on track.

    Here are eight ways to say goodbye to post travel fatigue:

    1. Hydrate

    Put a large container of water beside the bed.  When you awaken during the night and first thing in the morning, drink up! It is so easy when traveling (especially when flying) to get dehydrated, so replenish fluids whenever you can.

    2. Gentle Yoga in the Morning

    Take time to wake slowly if possible. Do some light stretching and deep breathing while still in bed.  This gets the kinks out and moves energy around the body.

    3. Practice Abhyanga or Ayurvedic Self-Massage

    If you do not practice this self-massage ritual, now may be the time to start. Here is the short version. Place some sesame seed oil in a container of hot water and allow it to warm. Turn your shower to hot and let it get steamy.  If you have a place to sit inside your shower, step in; if not, find a place to savor the steam. Fold an old towel that you don’t mind getting oily to sit on. Apply a small amount of oil to your entire body. Skip your head and your feet if you are concerned about oily hair or slipping. Rub in the oil and relax.

    4. Warm Water Soothes the Soul

    Step into a nice warm shower and let the water flow over your body. Stay present with the sensations.  Scan your body and consciously breathe into any places still holding tension as you soften with each exhale.

    5. Nourish With Foods

    Eat a light and nourishing breakfast. A protein and some fruit do the trick for me. Say a blessing and stay present as you eat.

    6. Take Time For Tea

    Have your tea. Green tea is a great option.  I enjoy drinking Sencha or Gyrokuyo with a little bit of Monkey-Picked-Oolong. Green tea is rich in catechins, antioxidants that have numerous health benefits.   Green tea has been shown to improve various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, reaction time and memory. Sip slowly and savor. Do some more deep breathing and recall the greatest moments of your trip.

    7. Be Mindful

    Sit and be mindful. Find a comfortable seat and get still for a few minutes. Bring your focus to your breath.

    8. Express Gratitude

    As you say goodbye to post travel fatigue, give thanks for another day. Think about the best parts of your travel journey, your ability to recover, and for what lies ahead.

    Hopefully, by now you will be smiling, recalling fond memories, and ready to enter the new day rested and restored!

    Hope Knosher, Certified Yoga Therapist-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Founder Hope’s Yoga.

    Overcoming breast cancer years ago, Hope turned to yoga to help her heal. After her practice lifted her mentally, physically, and emotionally she experienced a heartfelt calling to share the healing qualities of yoga with others.  Hope loves inspiring and empowering others to live a more joyful and connected life, reduce chronic stress, increase awareness, compassion, and mindfulness; while strengthening body and mind.

    Hope’s writing is featured by MindBodyGreen, Lucy Activewear, Mantra Magazine, Natural Awakenings, The Wellness Universe, as well as her own blog.

    Hope’s Yoga has been named Best Of Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine and Hope has been named one of Atlanta’s Over 40 and Fabulous by Best Self Magazine and Northside Woman Magazine.

    Connect with Hope at www.hopesyoga.com for more information including her full schedule, retreat calendar; or to schedule corporate or private classes and speaking engagements.

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