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Wellness
Published Thursday Jun 27, 2019 by Erica Fowler

How to Maintain Your Wellness Routine While Traveling

Travel
Food
Drink
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Your wellness routine doesn’t have to go out the window when you travel. I love getting out of my element, exploring somewhere new, and immersing myself into a different culture while feeling my best. My ‘wellness on the go’ comes from three things: the essentials I bring in my purse, the snacks I prepare, and finding ways to connect with the community in the cities I visit.  

Here are a few ways to set yourself (and your wellness) up for success–wherever you’re going! 

 

Purse Essentials

healthy snacks for travel

- Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer: I use this ALL the time. Its made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and organic lavender oil, plus it’s also a  non-toxic option for hand sanitizer and works as a deodorant if needed. 
- Tea Bags: These are a must for travel. I always bring an organic ginger tea for digestion support. 
- Reusable Water Bottles: Important to have on the road! Most airports have water refill stations, too. 
- Essential Oils: There are so many great options, but the two that are the most supportive are peppermint and lavender. I use peppermint topically for stomach support and headaches, and lavender as a sleep aid or for any anxiety.
- Travel-size Rose Water: I think we are all familiar with how travel and flying can dry out our skin, I love traveling with a little rose water for a refresher. 
- Wander Wet Bags: Since I like to travel as minimal as possible, I typically use a Wander Wet Bag for all my organization. It’s eco-friendly, plus the inner lining is waterproof, so I can just throw my bathing suit in there without worrying about any mildew! 

 

Snacks

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As a part of my carry on, I make sure to reserve space for a snack bag–I use stasher bags to keep everything organized. Simple snacks are a great way to stay nourished, while still having healthy options to grab and enjoy. If you're on a road trip, there are more options you can pack in a cooler, but if you’re catching a flight, here are a few options to consider:

- Date Balls: These are high in protein and easy to travel with, which makes them a great snack to have on the go. 
- Dried Fruit: Not only are they easy to pack (in a reusable bag), you can take them for a plane snack or a quick snack for your whole trip.
- Apples and/or bananas and almond butter packets 
- Raw carrots and hummus 
- Reusable utensils 

Once I get to my destination, there are some things I like to incorporate in my routine to learn about the community and feel my best after eating good food and trying new things!  

 

Explore your sweat.

I’ve found the best way to see a new city or place is to go to a local coffee shop and a workout class. My favorite workouts are yoga and Pilates, so I use the MINDBODY app to find a local class to take, and it’s always a good way to meet new people. Post-workout, you can also relax with a massage or acupuncture. I check the MINDBODY app to see what options are around me!


Try new foods. 

Food is a huge part of travel and provides so much insight into the culture. A must is finding a local farmers market or health food store. It’s so helpful to stock up on some fruits and snacks to have at your flat. I always get lemons for warm lemon water in the mornings. There are huge benefits to digestion, and I find it helpful when eating foods out of my normal routine. 

 

Want to travel well? Wherever you may wander this summer, don't forget to explore new places to workout, or work on your wellness, with the MINDBODY app
 

Erica Fowler
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Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar