For three weeks, Wednesday Wellness is hitting the road! Peak Special Program Coordinator Audra Labert writes about maintaining personal wellness while traveling. Catch all 3 weeks, and comment with your own tips and stories from your travels!
One shuttle, 2 planes (and two flight delays), one super chocolaty granita, a three-hour car ride, and a short night’s sleep later: I’m back at Peakland. It’s been almost a month since walking through these doors after traveling for family time and Yoga Therapy training. In addition to being disconnected physically from work operations, traveling can leave some lingering mental fog. We can’t undo the stress of traveling and returning back to work, but we CAN avoid prolonging it or compounded the effects.
Here’s a re-integration strategy to start building back up energy stores and facilitate a smooth transition back into the day-to-day routine:
Nothing new in August: That the motto. After three+ weeks of new environments, new food, and new information, August will be as boring as possible. Cook familiar, nutritionally dense meals, relax in familiar ways, and don’t commit to any new endeavors. Give yourself time, mind body and spirit, to adjust to the change of returning home. Just like getting accustomed to travel during week one of this series, getting back home requires the same amount of “grounding”. Rather than fight the feeling, practice embracing it!
Napping is for everyone. Where it’s a full on afternoon nap, or just a quick 5 or 10 minutes, sneak in as much “extra” rest as you can. This will not only facilitate a pleasant demeanor, but may help prevent illness from creeping in while you’re compromised from travel and the ensuing tiredness. Take the rest: You need it.
Make a list. Even if you’re not a list-maker, make a list. Starting during the few days prior to return, and write down: To-do’s, projects, groceries, phone calls to be made, and anything else that- if left hanging in the ether- will create low-grade stress or anxiety.
Be kind to yourself. Even though it’s 4th on this list, it’s the #1 priority.
Audra Labert is a Peak Program Coordinator, Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, RYT200 Yoga instructor, Kripalu student of Therapeutic Yoga, and avid wanderer.
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