Vacation can feel rife with trouble if you struggle at all with low-self esteem, or negative self thinking. There is a lot of cultural pressure to both “indulge! Treat yourself!” on vacation, and also “be beach ready!” before you go. So many pressures to lose weight, restrict calories/food groups before vacation so you can “look your best” in your swim suit, only to then encourage you to go all-out on any/every food you come across once you’re on vacation. Not only does that lend to some serious mental gymnastics (guilt, fear, anxiety, and some terrible self-bashing usually accompanies this when it’s coupled with a diet mentality just day’s before!), but also asks a lot of your body and ability to process.
Today I want to share a few tips I have to keeping your body feeling it’s best, and your brain tuned into kindness and confidence while on vacation. Hint; Some of it starts before you even leave your home.
- Cultivate a balance/moderation mindset before you leave. Focusing instead on how food makes you feel, being really tuned into your bodies feelings. Do you feel best with your largest meal in the middle of the day (this is worth experimenting with!), with less dairy/gluten/meat/sugar? How does caffeine effect you? Or do you not feel many effects from that? Being tuned into how your own specific body feels and eating to fit that, when you can, will help you feel better going into vacation, and be far more effective body/mind than a crash diet. It will also help you on vacation to know what indulgences will feel worth it, fun, tasty, and exciting. And what ones may make you feel worse the next day as you adventure.
- Plan for digestion. On our most recent camping trip I packed papaya enzymes, activated charcoal, a big water bottle, and brought kombucha. Digestion, and staying “regular” is HARD on vacation, esp camping (or road tripping), and dehydration is common! Being on top of those things, knowing what helps keep you moving, will help your body. Feeling bloated can be a huge bummer on vacation, and you’re going to feel stronger and more confident if you aren’t dealing with major stomach pains. I take papaya enzymes whenever I am going to be eating quite a bit of dairy, or anything super spicy. I take activated charcoal if I feel sick after a meal out, and I drink one booch most every day.
- Pack clothes that feel good. Sometimes when I’m packing I use vacation as a chance to “try out!” a new look. . . why? No clue. Does it work? Almost never. Packing favorites, clothes that feel good, and that I feel good IN is paramount to me actually enjoying my time. It might be vanity but I’ve had many day’s ruined by an outfit I felt terrible in. So now I pack clothes I love, know I love, and that are typically loose/cozy/and don’t make me feel extra sweaty. Also? Underwear that fits. Comfortable underwear. We should ALL own it. Seriously. Don’t skimp and make yourself feel terrible under your clothes.
- Some movement. Before social media, before joining the land of the living, before everything. Getting your heart beating a little faster, your body stretched out from hotel/camp bed’s, and some blood flow will help to release endorphins, and bring some calm to your day. I start my vacation mornings with 5 sun salutations. If I have time/energy I’ll do a full practice, but just focusing in on that small, few minutes of movement, keeps my body feeling better, my confidence higher, and my brain calmer.
I follow these three nearly religiously as a mean’s to help me enjoy my adventures the utmost, and be able to focus on my family, relaxation, fun, and not my body so much. Do you have any tried and true travel trips for feeling good in your skin? I’d love to add to my arsenal!