Travelling can be a fun and rewarding experience. You get to see new places, meet different people, and try new things. However, it can also be exhausting. If you have travel plans in the future, keep reading to learn six strategies to help you stay energized on the road.
1. Stay Hydrated
If you are like many other travelers, you probably don't drink enough while you are on the road (or on the rails or in the air, either). The bathroom facilities, or lack thereof, often encourage travelers to drink less in order to avoid using them. Unfortunately, this not only robs you of energy, but it can also create health problems. Water is important to a whole host of bodily functions, so aim to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. It's ok if some of that comes from coffee, tea, or other drinks, but you should try to avoid sugary beverages whenever possible.
2. Get Rest
Be honest, do you really get as much sleep as you should when you travel? The reality is that we often try to fit so much into a vacation or business itinerary that there isn't enough time to get enough sleep. Try to avoid burnout by scheduling rest times during your trip so that you are getting at least seven hours of sleep every night. It's even better if you can make it eight hours, but be realistic.
3. Get Up and Go
Just because you are on a plane or stuck in yet another line doesn't mean you should be stationary. Get up and move whenever you can. Practice a few simple yoga stretches like rolling your shoulders or do an ear to shoulder pose to work the kinks out of your neck. These can be done seated, too, so you don't have any excuses to skip them. Plus, stretching your muscles will help keep them from getting too stiff, which can quickly sap your energy levels.
4. Eat Properly
Think back to what you ate on your last trip. If fast-food wrappers littered the floor of your rental car and your hotel minifridge was loaded with styrofoam containers and pizza boxes, then it's no wonder you were exhausted. Your body needs the right types of fuel to keep up with your travels and adventures. Make sure to eat well when you travel. Look for local restaurants that offer fresh and varied food. If you have to hit the drive-thru, opt for a salad or grilled chicken wrap with extra veggies. They offer a higher nutrient value than fat-laden burgers. When in doubt, it can always be helpful to add a supplement like Le-Vel Thrive to supplement your meals and give you an added boost of energy.
5. Just Breathe
If you are struggling to stay focused, why not break for a quick meditation session? Follow these steps to perform a simple breath meditation:
- Close your eyes
- Breathe normally, don't try to take match any particular pace
- Focus your attention on your breath
- When other thoughts, sounds, or smells come into your awareness, acknowledge them and then return your attention to your breath
Practice this for five minutes to start, and work your way up to longer sessions if you can. Studies like this one have shown that practicing yoga and meditation can help boost brain function and energy levels, so why not give it a try.
6. Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy may help you feel more energized and alert. This uses essential oils or other natural plant substances to trigger responses in your body. It is important to use essential oils and not perfumes because the practice relies on the chemical compounds found in specific plants to work. If you are new to the practice, look for essential oil blends specifically designed to help with energy levels. Find one in a small roller bottle or pocket diffuser that you can keep with you for a quick pick me up during the day.
Take these steps during your next trip to maximize your visit without wiping out your energy stores. Once you get used to making these simple changes, you will likely be amazed that you didn't try them sooner.