I’ve returned from my summer vacation in Sayulita, Nayarit in Mexico. A beautiful beach town with delicious seafood food, vibrant colors, sunshine and warm folks. I came to visit one of my best friends on a new endeavor he is pursuing, to soak up some vitamin D aka the “sunshine vitamin”**, and to revitalize my creative juices, and the ocean simply helps me do that!
Every time I go on vacation, I get real eager to continue some of my daily zen and health rituals. They are a part of me and I need them to feel sane, grounded, and from feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation when I return home. I'm going to share with you five simple body and mind loving tips to make your vacations feel restorative.
1) Get up and drink lemon water. Purchase lemons from a local supermarket and some pure clean water. This practice will give you natural electrolytes (much needed when traveling), stimulate digestion and detoxify your liver.
P.S. Always a good idea to ask for lemon water when dining out. Don't feel like boozin'? Make it a sparkly water.
2) Three sun-salutations helps move energy throughout the body and stimulates circulation. If meditation and breath work is part of your normal routine, then definitely add these.
3) Explore the land and go for a hike. Wherever you’re traveling there will most likely be a park or hillside. Not only will you be physically active by walking around most places, seeking a hike or a park will help you to absorb the peace and stillness of the landscape.
4) Slather and re-slather SPF and apply aloe. Sun rays are powerful even when it's overcast and we don’t fully feel the sunshine and warmth on our skin. When traveling, you’re most likely out and about more than at home so protect your skin. Choose a high-quality natural spf to prevent sun damage and apply aloe to heal and soothe skin from exposure.
5) Beautify with a face mask before bedtime. Vacation is a time to pamper yourself so why not bring ingredients for a DIY face mask? I usually bring spirulina powder to drink while on vacation so I end up having this handy for a face mask as well, (just add water). Sometimes I’ll bring a red clay powder or buy local honey to apply on my face for 15-20 minutes, and I'll definitely bring a natural face scrub. My favorite scrub these days is Lemongrass Facial Polish from Evan Healy.
P.P.S. Get healthy snacks like almonds or other nuts to munch on between meals and during your hikes.
**note Vitamin D is a vitamin that gets converted into a hormone that our skin produces in response to sunlight. Vitamin D reduces symptoms of depression, supports heart and bone health, and even increases muscle strength. The body can receive it through food, mainly animal products but can also be achieved through sunshine, this is especially helpful for vegetarians. Did you know that the human body is able to produce as much as 10,000 IU to 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 in just 30 minutes? Yep. Imagine, if you spent time in the sun with exposed arms and legs at least 2-3x a week, you would have plentiful stores of this happy vitamin.
What are some healthy practices that you bring with you on vacation?