Summer is inching it’s way in--street fairs are back, lunches in the park, music festivals, warm summer nights, and trips! Whether you are driving, flying, taking a train, or riding a bike, our Confidence Coach Laure Redmond joined us to share a few tips, no matter if you’re traveling near or far:
- Give Up All-or-Nothing Thinking: It’s inevitable that you’ll lose some control of your schedule when traveling. The key is to role with the time constraints, and figure out how to add in healthy habits, even if it’s on the fly. A few mindful moments are better than nothing.
- Ask For What You Want: Especially when it comes to your food choices. It’s okay to ask for dressing on the side, or a meal of side dishes. As a rule of thumb: don’t ask for ingredients that you don’t see listed on the menu. And if you’re staying in a hotel, and don’t like your room, or are allergic to the feathers in the pillow, or the air conditioner is broken, ask to switch to a different room with hypoallergenic pillows, and a working thermometer.
- Leave Your Work At The Office: These days, it’s the rare person who can leave their work behind completely while traveling. If you must stay in touch, do it on your own time. Wake up early to answer email or make calls. Plan in advance when you are going to work, and stick to a limited time devoted to this purpose.
- Give Yourself Permission To Relax: If you find yourself having a mai tai instead of going for that long swim. Enjoy yourself - allow the divergence - and the next day, choose a healthy meal and make a point of taking a walk or swim.
- Bring Your Own Bottle: A refillable water bottle is essential for warding off dehydration (which messes up your complexion, and worsens jet lag). Drink, refill, drink, refill — the added bonus is that this will ensure bathroom runs, which gets you moving and loosening up stiff joints if you’re on a long seated journey.
- Break Out So You Don’t Break Up: When traveling with a companion, don’t be afraid to spend some time alone. It is helpful to take a walk on your own, or to head separate ways for an afternoon. This airs out constant togetherness and irritations, and gives you something spontaneous to tell each other over dinner.
- Accept That Things Might Go Wrong: At some point, especially if you’re dealing with airports, things will almost always become annoying. But — getting frustrated and angry will only make it worse! The people who work in airports are having even less fun. The least you can do is be nice to them, they almost always respond in kind.
You can listen to Laure on "Feel Good Naked Radio." For more helpful information, visit Laure's website. She's also available for private coaching for individuals or groups.