I cannot be the only one who craves routine blogs or YouTube videos. For different seasons of life, my routines have been tweaked. Whenever I have one, it helps me wake up with some kind of purpose and wind down a way that helps me sleep even in a different environment. I remember being told by someone I used to work with that no matter what they ran/walked 3 miles every day. They lived in Atlanta but had to travel to LA and New York City bi-weekly. This small consistency helped them stay grounded.
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I view my morning and nighttime routine the same way. No matter where I am, the goal is to be able to do these things to keep me grounded when home or traveling. If you have difficulty sleeping when you travel or getting things going when you do, I hope you find this helpful!
Let’s start with your morning routine. First, I need to open up the blinds of where I’m staying. If I’m in a tent there is a screen that opens up to mess which can be considered blinds. This invites the day in and you'll be able to get going for the rest of the day.
After brushing your teeth and all that fun stuff, next would be stretching. I enjoy going for a walk as well, but when I travel it is normally doing a lot of walking for a hike or exploring. So I suggest sticking with small stretches that get the blood flowing. My Dad always tells us to mimic our dog, if you've ever seen a dog when they first get up, the stretch they're body. If you're not a dog lover, I'm sure cats does too! I enjoy small full-body movements like downward dog, squats, pushups to child pose, and full-body stretches to get my body moving in the morning,
From there begin a personal quiet time. For me, it’s praying and reading my Bible. If that is not your cup of tea, I know some people use meditation apps such as Calm or they have a mantra they repeat to themself. An easy introduction is a 5-minute journal or a gratitude journal. You spend 5 minutes writing for different promps or write what you're grateful for in that moment.. I think it’s a great way to start off your day with quiet time and reflecting on what you're grateful for before jumping ahead with the day.
I start by brewing chamomile tea. When camping this can be tricky, but it is doable! I enjoy tea while I write in my journal. Journaling helps me mind wind down. It’s a great way to also remember parts of your trip you might have easily forgotten! From there I go to reading until I completely fall asleep. I know, you’re probably wondering how does that take one to two hours? Easy! I can have wind-down music play while I journal which can easily lead to mental tangents. Which I invite because it helps my mind wind down too.ou go to bed has a major impact on how you wake up. Disagree? Say you have an additional glass of wine or drink, can it lead to a headache in the morning? Or you eat too much, does your stomach sometimes hurt in the morning? For me, my night time wind down can be an hour or two hours long. Each person is different so how long it takes for a person to wind down can vary. When I travel, I keep these three things to help me sleep in a new environment. I used to have a difficult time falling asleep when I traveled. Once my routine was able to happen no matter where I was, it helped!
I start by brewing chamomile tea. When camping this can be tricky, but it is doable! I enjoy tea while I write in my journal. Journaling helps me mind wind down. It’s a great way to also remember parts of your trip you might have easily forgotten! From there I go to reading until I completely fall asleep. I know, you’re probably wondering how does that takes one to two hours? Easy! I can have wind-down music play while I journal which can easily lead to mental tangents. Which I invite because it helps my mind wind down too.
Then reading, it will depend on how much I am enjoying the book also how much physical activity I had that day. This biggest thing is not watching tv. When I’m home I will easily watch an hour (or three) of tv before winding down for bed. When I travel I prefer not having a tv. I feel as though it robs the experience. Sometimes it can be a time suck to the rest needed to continue exploring or rob timing for an experience. So be preset as possible and you never know what new experiences you'll have!
I hope you’re able to apply these routines to your routines now and they benefit your future travels. I know I didn’t think much about how I go to bed or wake up when I traveled. But looking at what I can maintain at home and do when I travel has made a major difference. Let me know in the comments below if you have a morning or night time routine for when you travel. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my morning and nighttime routine that helps me travel. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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