5 Ways To Incorporate Wellness Into Any Vacation
Jane Coloccia, Wellness Patrol
If you’re a fan of Boomer Travel Patrol, you no doubt love to travel. While I realize that not every vacation you take will focus on wellness, the good news is that you can incorporate wellness and well-being elements into any trip you take. Here are five ways to put a healthier spin on your regular vacation:
DISCONNECT FROM YOUR PHONE
I know this is a shocking statement, but if you are on vacation, try to at least plan a few hours a day — if not your entire vacation — to disconnect. Don’t read emails constantly or peruse your social media, or read articles online. Just try to be in the moment on your vacation. Sit at the beach and enjoy the lapping sounds of the waves on the shore. Watch your grandkids play in the pool and take in their laughter and squeals of delight. Take a nap in the afternoon instead of reading your email. Just disconnecting a bit more while you are on vacation will truly help your mind and nervous system relax.
INDULGE IN A SPA TREATMENT
One day, take an hour out for yourself and have a massage or a facial. While you might be the type who loves to go, go, go on vacation, having a relaxing facial or massage will help you stop and just be for a moment and let your system decompress. And you may just find it rejuvenates you to go, go, go even more!
Sleep is incredibly restorative and healing and none of us gets enough sleep in our daily lives. Even if you sleep just an hour longer in the morning or go to bed an hour earlier, you will be amazed at how much better you feel.
Most of the world has a much healthier diet than here in the US. If you’re in the Caribbean or Europe, you’ll find more vegetables, good quality proteins, and better grains to dine on. Maybe you start your day off with a plate of fruit for breakfast versus a plate full of eggs and bacon. Or perhaps during the day you’ll indulge in a smoothie. Focusing on healthy and high quality foods versus fast foods will have a wonderful impact on your digestion and overall clear headedness during the day.
Most of us spend our days sitting behind a desk so vacation is an opportunity to get out and move more. Sitting all day is really bad for you, so if you have the chance to stretch your legs, go for it. How can you incorporate more movement into your vacation? If you’re at the beach, why not get off the lounge chair for an hour and take a walk along the beach. Not only will the stunning seaside sights be rewarding but walking barefoot on the sand is great for you. If you’re sightseeing in a city, walking versus taking a bus or taxi is a great way to move and see the city. A number of hotels and resorts offer yoga classes, or you can even wake up early and go for a swim in the hotel pool. Just adding a little more movement into your day on vacation is a great way to channel better well being in your life, AND you might find you like it and incorporate it into your daily routine at home!