Well that’s me back from just over a week of travel! We were literally up and down the whole country visiting family and we loved every minute of it – road trips are our favourite!
So many of us will have some form of holiday/ vacation travel coming up over the next few summer months and its super exciting. But more often than not, when we return we are faced with that sluggish, tired feeling that inevitably comes with a lot of travel.
However it doesn’t have to be the case! There are a few steps we can all take when we return from our break away that will keep us feeling fresh, energised and ready to rock again!
Staying hydrated is key while travelling but it is also necessary after travelling too. It will replace the fluids lost over travel, keep your digestion going and helps to detox the body. (anyone else drink alcohol more than normal on holiday…???)
Get Moving and Stretching
Stiff and sore after hours sitting in a car, train or plane? As soon as you can, start moving again. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore gym session as soon as you land but try and get in a gentle walk, some yoga stretches at home or even some squats or mobility on the foam roller. Then you can get your body used to having to expel energy again – without knocking you flat.
Catch up on Sleep
This is so important – especially if your travel has knocked your average sleep pattern out of whack or you have had to travel over time zones. Don’t fear sleep either – just because you have been sitting down for hours, if your body is telling you that you need to sleep then listen to it! Sometimes a good lie in is all you need, others may require a few mid day naps – just listen to your body.
Feed the recovery with nourishing foods – boost immunity
Sluggish is definitely the word I would use describe the post travel feeling I have – travel usually includes treats or lots of snack foods rather than full nourishing meals and as a result your energy levels/ digestion may be out of whack. Try to focus on nourishment when you return – lots of leafy green vegetables and protein sources such as meat, fish or eggs are a good place to start.
Also an inevitable part of travelling is exposure to bugs, colds and viruses! Keep them at bay by upping your vitamin C! Start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon and try to ingest some foods high in vitamin C- citrus, tomatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, pineapple etc.
Get back into your routine.
Ok so we are all a bit bummed that the holiday is over and we have to get back to work/ normality but a great way to feel better is to simply get back into your usual routine. Travelling and our holidays puts our minds and bodies all over the place – it doesn’t know what we are going to put it through next! So help your body out with set bed and rise times, meal times, exercise and that consistency (even if you don’t have to go back to work for a few more days) will help you to feel right as rain!
How do you recover after a holiday?
Do you crave a routine after holiday madness?
What foods make your body feel great again?