Self Care on the Journey
locally or globally, many of us need reminders of how to care
for ourselves. I have observed in my work that many people do
not take the time to nurture themselves, that is to care for themselves
in a meaningful way. Increased anxiety is associated with the
stressors of a fast-paced life, technology that can invade privacy
and the rigors of living in overcrowded cities. Communications
technology in particular keeps us in a virtual office twenty four
hours a day, wherever we are. Today's lifestyle envelops us and
depletes our energy.
Many of us need to take an inventory of how we are doing, and
how we are tending to ourselves. What are our resources for optimal
well being? Eating nutritionally, getting sufficient sleep and
good hygiene are essential. Knowing your body and its requirements
for sustenance are key factors. Individuals differ when it comes
to what their bodies require in terms of food and sleep. If in
doubt regarding food, the advice of a registered nutritionist
can be invaluable for the proper nutrients and foods for you.
Some respond best to high protein foods, some respond best to
vegetables, grains, and fruits. The right amount of sleep differs
from one person to the next, but adequate rest is a major factor
in well being.
Exercise is invaluable for regulating blood pressure, increasing
endorphins, maximizing good chemistry and energy. Physical activity
can also decrease melancholy, anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Attention to physical hygiene also contributes to well being.
Keeping your body, clothes, and surroundings clean is important
for balance, good health and empowerment.
Mental hygiene includes the things we remember to do for ourselves.
Taking time out to renew and revivify is very important. Something
as simple as sitting quietly and focusing on breathing in and
out can invite inner calmness and serenity. Many call this meditation.
A main objective of meditation is to be "in the moment"
not thinking about the past or the future, be here now. As little
as five minutes of meditation can decrease blood pressure and
anxiety. There are many other therapeutic interventions for self
care and centering, such as positive self talk, affirmations,
art, music, slogans, humor, soaking in a hot bath, a steam bath,
sauna, nature, touch, massage, allowing oneself the permission
to be in touch with our feelings and spirituality contribute to
Playing and having fun--the language of children--is also part
of caring for ourselves. Attention to self empowers one to invest
in peace of mind and a loving heart. The important thing is to
take or make the time to care for ourselves at home or on our
I found your Self Care on the Journey article
to be most illuminating. I am single, and someone who lives to
travel. But whenever I get off the plane to an international destination,
check in to my hotel, unpack and then get a chance to sit down
I feel mundane, depressed and disoriented. I didn't state this
very well, but it is much more than jet jag. It's gotten to the
point where I worry months in advance before a trip, and now am
even tapering my travels back. I have never heard your term, "mental
hygiene" before, but it seems to make sense. Rather than
just sit on my bed and fight sleep, I am going to try focus on
self-awareness as you suggested. I think your term, positive self
talk --- which I have never heard of either --- is worth a shot.
I loved the positive tone of your article and agree that 'playing
and having fun' is something that we all need to concentrate on.
Please keep up the great work!
Thank you for your
response to the article I wrote for Travelling Boy. Com, Self
Care on the Journey. The symptoms you are experiencing could be
attributed to several variables. One thing that comes to mind
is unresolved issues. Something you are concerned about or have
not addressed before going on the trip. At times when one travels
the expectation, planning, and the excitement of going away may
divert our attention away from something that needs to be worked
through. Hence, we take it with us on the journey.
Another thought could be that you have sensitized yourself to
expect to get negative symptoms when you arrive at a destination.
You say you get depressed, disoriented and feel mundane when you
get to your room, unpack and sit down. You could also be experiencing
a sort of hyper jet lag. When we get fatigued after a big trip
the arrival could be a let down too. With all the planning, packing,
getting to destination etc, we expend much energy. The draining
feelings you are having could recall a former experience that
might be connected to the symptoms. Also at times we all experience
what I would call a mood that feels like an existential vacuum.
Take an inventory of what
you think it might be connected to. That could help you get to
the root problem. Change your pattern of how you do things; be
in touch with your feelings. Utilize interventions like breathing
exercises (yoga techniques), thought stopping/blocking (this is
done by clearing your mind or redirecting thoughts and actions)
so you do not perseverate on the negative thoughts. Take care
of yourself by being good to yourself. Instead of sitting on the
bed soak in a hot tub, listen to music; make a plan to have some
fun. Change thoughts, change behaviors and you will again optimize
your enjoyment of travel. So once again you can continue to be
someone who lives to travel.
Bon voyage and best regards.
Lake Geneva/ Matterhorn Region and Switzerland Tourism
recently blew into Los Angeles with the most esteemed guest, Eugene Chaplin.
A man of remarkable lineage, he is the fifth child of Oona O'Neill and Sir
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the grandson of playwright
Eugene O'Neill, the brother of Geraldine Chaplin and father of actress/model
Eugene Chaplin Introduces Chaplin's World Museum
in Vevey, Switzerland
Treasures of Ireland: The Burren (Dispatch
The Palladian Traveler ventures back to the days
of fearless Celtic warriors to search for some "stones to take you
home" as he files his latest dispatch from the monochromatic moonscape
known as The Burren.
Is it more momentous for a Brit to do the Buckingham
Palace tour than say an American or indeed any other nationality? Yes, I
know that's an odd question, but if you grow up as I did in
London back in the 1950s, getting inside Buckingham Palace was the stuff
of dreams. Hence my surprise at touring BP in 2005.
Buckingham Palace It's THE Most Popular Tour
in Great Britain (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)
The first thing you notice is the fragrance. The intoxicating
perfume of the tiare flower announces to your senses that you are in a magical
place, overflowing with tropical vegetation and soothing trade winds. It
is the same fragrance that the English seamen on the HMS Bounty also first
encountered; but they came, not for flowers, but for breadfruit, intended
as a new food staple for their slaves in the West Indies.
Paradise on Earth: The Romance of
Tahiti and Her Islands
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" goes
the song. Robert Goulet sang it and Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis,
too, and it surely comes to mind when you stand on a bluff in the Luberon
of Provence and stare across at the little hill village of Gordes. The view
is the best part; the village's interior itself is not dramatic and stands
as a warning of what contemporary popularity can do to the simple homes
of 12th century working people.
Provence: As Much a Mood, a Spirit as a Destination
Walking home to our apartment in Venice, we share a
wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving
for a day of sightseeing, a cup of my favorite pistachio gelato awaits me
despite the early hour. At the Bar Dugole, we relax after a day of sightseeing
and order the regular: vodka for my husband and Amaretto for me.
Exploring Venice: Lost and Found. And Special Finds.
Traveling with Beautiful Boots and a Bison Backpack
People often asked about my favorite travel apparel and
gear. This happened to me at the airport recently. One question came as
I was putting back on my clothes after going through the TSA checkpoint
striptease. Before leaving the area, I heard a soft voice say, "hey,
I really like your boots. Where did you get them?" Looking up, I
found a uniformed employee staring at my feet.
Film Review: "My Hero Brother" A Tribute
to the Human Spirit
I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film
Festival and for the most part, the features, animated shorts, and documentaries
were quite professional and compelling. That said, "My Hero Brother,"
a documentary that was particularly outstanding, told the remarkable and
inspiring story about a group of Down syndrome young men and women who
go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome
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