Equipping yourself with food supplements and digestives are not enough. Trying to eat nutritious foods while being away from home will not even suffice. You need not be only physically fit but it is also important to be mentally healthy when you are traveling.
Here are five health tips for you when you go on a trip:
1. Psych Up
Feeling a little anxious? Two words. “Psych up.”
“Calm yourself from the get-go,” Dr. Indra Cidambi, a board-certified psychiatrist, said. It is important to device a coping mechanism before leaving. “Have a plan in place before your trip, so if you feel anxiety coming on, you already know what you are going to do,” she added.
Going prepared is crucial, too. Utilize mobile apps in checking in your flights. Fill out necessary forms beforehand or while in flight to conserve time better allotted on wandering.
Cidambi suggested to tune in to your most relaxing playlist since this will put you in a good mood.
Still uneasy? Cidambi said to try these following techniques:
Do breathing exercises. Use your diaphragm and minimize breathing through your chest. When needed, breath through a paper bag.
Count from 100 backward. Unlike counting from one to a hundred, doing it in reverse helps you slow down.
Pull yourself out. Find a restroom, sit on the toilet, lock your head between your knees and breathe. Finally, splash your face with cool water. It gets you right back up.
2. Be OC
While onboard, make it a habit to clean everything you’re going to touch – wipe your seat, tray table, seat belt and even the air vent.
According to Travelmath, the dirtiest parts in the plane you’ll possibly come in contact with are the seat belt with 230 CFUs (colony-forming units of bacteria) per square inch, the air vent hiding 285 and the tray with a whopping 2,155.
“The problem is they are heavily used, but they are hardly ever wiped down,” Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist and a professor at the University of Arizona, said.
So, never forget to pack your disinfectants.
3. Go Walk
Once you arrive, walk. Go for a stroll. Well, that’s the essence of traveling.
Krista Stryker, trainer and founder of 12-Minute Athlete shared her ultimate piece of advice and that is to take a 20 to 30-minute walk to get some fresh air.
Stryker added that it is also a way to loosen up your muscles after sitting in a long flight and help you set up yourself in the new place.
Just go get that body moving.
4. Bring the Gym in Your Hotel Room
According to Stryker, too much space isn’t necessary. “The max amount of space you are going to need to get in a killer workout is the space it takes to do a pushup or plank,” she said.
Stryker added that a 20 to 40 squats can pump you up and get you a good workout without a big room.
Todd McCullough, trainer and founder of TMAC Fitness, said utilize anything around you like doing dips on the chair, throwing your feet on the bed and doing crunches.
5. Leave Work
You already took the leave from work, so leave work behind it – detach yourself from the attention your work constantly demands. Resist checking your emails. It can be hard since technology is tied to our daily lives, but Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., Chair, and Professor of the Department of Counseling and Counselor Education in Northern Illinois University, said that reprogramming oneself is a protective behavior that counters cognitive decline coming with age.
So, step back from your phone or laptop, enjoy your vacation and allow your brain to reroute itself.
Find out more of these on Alexandra Engler’s The 8 Best Healthy Traveling Tips, Expert-Approved.