As it turns out, Lindsey and I have a lot in common, and spent most of the day together commiserating about the challenges that come with being a highly sensitive introvert. I’m not sure about you, but I tend to get spun out and depleted pretty easily, especially when traveling and socializing more than usual. I’ve learned to adopt a few simple rules to help me stay grounded:
- Maintain a routine. Traveling often comes with lots of uncertainty and spontaneity which can easily lead to feeling scattered and frazzled. For me, this often manifests as dizziness, anxiety or shakiness. I find that maintaining some sort of routine while traveling helps immensely. This can be as simple as a short meditation or yoga practice each morning or a cup of tea each evening. No matter what it is, doing something predictable and consistent each day helps a lot.
- Use oil. In Ayurveda, Vata is the energy of movement. It is the most easily aggravated dosha and is easily pushed out of balance by travel. According to Ayurveda, like increases like and opposites reduce so in order to balance the light, rough, dry, subtle, mobile, cold, and clear qualities of Vata that are often exaggerated during travel it is important to favor things that are heavy, smooth, warming and grounding. Applying generous amounts of untoasted sesame oil or coconut oil to your entire body every day can keep Vata calm and help prevent things like dry skin, anxiety, insomnia, constipation and dizziness. Putting a little oil in the nose and ears will also help immensely.
- Make time to be alone. Traveling is always exciting and inspiring but can also be overwhelming and over stimulating. I find that making time to be alone and quiet for at least ten minutes each day helps keep me feeling grounded and strong. You’ll be able to enjoy all the sights and activities so much more if you make time to rest your senses and regroup.
- Sleep. Get plenty of quality sleep to ensure that your body and mind have a chance to rest and process everything.
- Eat well. Eating regular meals is a must for me while traveling. I try to plan where we’re going to eat ahead of time so I can avoid getting hangry. I also try to eat foods that are grounding, favoring warm cooked meals over salads and smoothies.
Now, let’s talk about these blondies.
Red Berry Almond Blondies
For the ingredient list, please visit Lindsey’s post, here.