I love the word zen. Just saying it bathes me in tranquility. But establishing and holding this place of peace is a commitment that requires purposeful action. That’s why I do all I can to make it a priority in my life. 

Inner peace becomes more available when we dedicate specific times to meditate, eat well, exercise and spend time in nature. But when we are traveling, life is far less predictable and maintaining balance can feel more challenging. 

The good news is that there are simple ways to stay true to your self-care when you travel and keep that Zen vibe alive in your life no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Here some ideas:

Breathe: We hear it all the time, I know, but truly there is no better way to access equilibrium and calm than to breathe in a conscious way. The Long Deep Breath is a foundational breath that can affect changes at all levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Journal: One of the most effective ways to come into the present moment is to take time to recognize our feelings and express them freely. Journaling is the perfect platform. It’s a medium without judgment because the only audience for your journal will be you. Keep in mind that when you journal, there are no points for style or grammar. You’ve already succeeded by picking up the pen. Everything that you put on paper will serve you on your path.

Use essential oils: I use Doterra essential oils because I love the purity of the product and the mission of the company. I depend on certain flower essences to support me in the moment, and I find using them to be a great way to check-in with myself amid the chaos of traveling. There are five essential oils I carry with me everywhere I go.

Try homeopathic remedies: Changing time zones used to be a real issue for me. Long trips would disrupt my sleeping and eating patterns and leave me with a hungover feeling for a few days after arrival. When you have just seven or eight days on a trip, a few days is a big chunk of time to catch up. I consulted with my homeopath, and she suggested this combination of remedies, which can be found in most natural food stores. Taking them has changed my experience of traveling completely.

Hydrate: Be conscious of how much water you drink and drink as much as you can. Overcome the inconvenience factor of going to the bathroom on the plane and drink up. You will feel so much better overall if you make hydration a priority.

Each loving step you take toward yourself offers you the chance to shine brighter than you could otherwise. And all it takes is prioritizing the practices in your life that support your balance and happiness. 

How do you support yourself when your routine is disrupted? What habits hold you steady through the many shifts of life? 

Thank you for reading my posts. If you find them supportive and would like to learn more about my work, you can reach me at sarah@sarahbrassard.com.

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