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Self care and the importance of self care has been at the forefront of my mind lately (as seen here and here), I’m finding that when I pay attention to the signals my body and mind give me when they’re not in alignment and do the work of making sure they are, I begin working at my full potential! This means I’m more creative, have more energy, patience and compassion. However, I’ve been noticing that when I’m on the go, whether it be for work or when I’m traveling, my self care routine kinda goes out the window. It’s like I give myself a pass because my routine has been shaken up so I’m not as cognizant of what I’m eating, I skip my morning workouts and my daily spiritual practice.
In order to not let myself off the hook, I challenged myself to find ways to continue my practice of self care no matter the circumstances.
I researched self care on the go tips and began putting that advice into practice. These were the tips that worked best for me.
Because self care isn’t a one size fits all approach, I urge you take a look at my list and come up with a few ideas of your own and then create an on the go routine tailored specifically for you.
I want you to have fun with this stuff because ultimately what’s not fun about learning how to better take care of YOU??? Some idea’s may be hard and may call for you to have discipline but when you start to notice the change in your body and mind you’ll wonder why you never started doing this before!
Tip #1 Listen to podcasts/audio books when you find yourself in stop and go traffic: When I find that I’m in traffic, the stop and go of the car is much like a rocking chair and the movement makes me super tired! However, when I put on a really interesting podcast or audio book I find that I’m more alert! I get so engrossed in what I’m listening to and don’t even mind the traffic. I was once listening to the podcast Serial and found that I was actually praying for my commute to be longer because I didn’t want the episodes to end! This was also great to incorporate into my “on the go guide” because I have been wanting to read more to start expanding my vocabulary, so listening to audio books has been a Godsend for that.
Tip 2# Keep sneakers or active wear on you at all times: I’ve found that working out is much more fun when it is spontaneous. What I’ve found is that when I’m on the go I have to find opportunities to integrate some form of physical activity, that could mean briskly walking around the block a few times between meetings, taking the stairs when I’m not rushing into a meeting, or stopping at the gym to allow traffic to die down before heading home. Having sneakers or active wear on hand during those moments not only make the workout comfortable, but it rids you of the excuses you may possibly make as to why you can’t get in some quick exercise.
Tip#3 Set Aside Some Quiet Time: I’m an early riser, especially when I’m in an unfamiliar place, so I use that time to have coffee or tea, mediate and set my intention for the day. The early morning works for me but if you like sleeping in I urge you, at some point in the day, go somewhere quiet and just observe nature, people watch or breath to get centered. When I travel for work I find that quiet time is essential to balance all of the flurry of activity I find myself cramming in. I’m an extrovert by nature, so taking a moment to center myself is important to me. If you’re an introvert this is probably even more integral to your well-being.
Tip #4 Snack Smarter: Eating on the go doesn’t mean you have to make bad food choices. What I find is that, if I bring food that I enjoy and is better for me in my work bag, when I get hungry on the road or when a meeting runs over and I’m famished, I can just grab my go-to snack and I’m satisfied! That go-to snack for me is Lorissa’s Kitchen premium steak strips for my protein fix and Honest Tea® for when I need “just a tad sweet” tea. Lorissa’s Kitchen is great because it is 100% grass-fed beef, it has no preservatives, no added growth hormones, and is gluten free! Knowing that what I’m eating is better for me takes away the guilt from eating on the road.
I was introduced to Lorissa’s Kitchen and Honest Tea, at the check out counter in Walmart. I was starving but didn’t want to give in to my usual go-to of chips and candy, and when I read the label and it said that it was low in fat and carbs and had a plethora of yummy sounding flavors I had to check it out. MAN! I’ve got to tell you while this may look like jerky it absolutely is NOT! It actually has a higher moisture content than traditional jerky, which gives it a more tender and delicate bite; and while I do get my water content in each day, there are times when I want “just a tad of sweet” in what I’m drinking, and Honest Tea gives me just what I need without the guilt.
I now bring both to work and when I find myself needing a snack they are my go-to!
- Lorissa’s Kitchen™ Premium Protein Snacks – Any variety – 2.25 oz. bag
- Honest Tea® – Any variety – Single bottle only
- Both products must be purchased on the same receipt to receive credit for this rebate.
So ladies and gents, what guidance can you impart to me for “on the go” self-care? Have you been doing something that has worked for you in the past? Or is there anything you’ve recently read that you want to try out? I’d love to know in the comments below!