Tips for Sensitive Souls
can challenge a Sensitive Soul. I adore travel, but new places
come with higher levels of stimulation simply
because they’re new. Plus, traveling often comes with expectations
about sightseeing – a sort of stomp-’til-you-drop tourist
mentality. As the summer months begin, here are tips to transform
your travel experience.
1. Make a Plan
As part of getting ready, plan ahead. That way, you’re not
over-stimulated with details when it’s time to leave. I find
that if I can start packing a day or two ahead, I’m much
calmer. I feel confident that I’ve covered all the bases.
I make a checklist of important items, including a travel kit.
I also arrange to leave extra time in my work schedule before I
depart and when I return.
2. Create a Travel Kit
When traveling, plan to pack a few extra items to make yourself
extra comfortable. Though I suggest you develop a kit of your
own, here are my tried and true goodies for plane travel:
bottle of water
snacks like nuts, seeds, or cheese, along with fruits and veggies
player with comforting music
I ask for a blanket once I’m onboard the plane
because I am sensitive to the varying temperatures. I also dress
in layers and bring a scarf.
Along with my plane kit, I bring Epsom salts for baths or foot
soaks. Also, I bring essential oils such as lavender, which I
use in my baths or directly on my feet (a trick I learned from
a fellow coach for a great night’s sleep).
3. Sleep Well
For many Sensitive Souls, one of the greatest travel challenges
is getting adequate rest. Many aspects of traveling can make
sleep difficult, such as unusual textures, noise and light, and
the vibrations in large hotels. Not to mention the excitement
of being in a new place and wanting to see it all. Here are a
a good night’s sleep before you leave. As mentioned,
I pack ahead of time so I’m not running around at the
last minute fretting over details that get my mind racing and
sleep. I also go to bed early if I have an early departure.
staying at a bed & breakfast or small hotel. The ambient
building vibration is significantly less or non-existent,
and the comforts of a more home-like environment are immeasurable.
with a friend or family member offers similar benefits but
may have other drawbacks!
your own bedding. It may sound over the top, but I find that
when I bring my own quilt, I can get a great
sleep in a new place.
naps and plan a realistic schedule. When I overbook, it’s
hard for me to sleep. When I plan to rest midday, I sleep
better later and I’m able to fully appreciate my travels. I also
strive to be realistic in what activities I undertake.
4. Eat and Drink Well
Plan to eat well and drink plenty of water. While traveling, I
make sure to have water and protein snacks available for excursions.
I try to drink plenty of water, especially if I’m consuming
alcohol, caffeine, or sweet beverages. I find that those keep
me awake and water helps to balance their effects. Also: The
more water I drink, the better I feel.
5. Give Yourself A Chance to Fully Arrive
When you come home, give yourself a chance to settle in. Unpacking
and putting away your travel items is a way of re-grounding and
settling back into your home. I find that the amount of time
I need is directly proportional to the length of time I’ve
been away. For example: For this last 5-day trip, I needed about
one day to unwind and fully arrive home. I gave myself permission
to spend my first morning back just tidying the house, going
through mail, and watering plants, which I found centering. It
allowed me to re-enter my routine with a fresh outlook and clear
you have other thoughts about successful travel for sensitives,
love to hear from you. Enjoy your travels!
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