Have you ever felt burnt out?
I’ve had my fair share of adrenal fatigue struggles over the years. I know what it feels like to be dragging yourself out of bed and struggling to perform throughout the day. Although over the years I’ve overcome my adrenal challenges through diet, lifestyle and supplementation support (you can read what I did in my book), it is something I will always have to be mindful of supporting long term.
Around six weeks ago, I started to feel some exhaustion creeping back in. I’d just recovered from a back injury, which had taken a severe toll on my body. As a Naturopath, I am also giving my energy daily, so it is super important for me to protect myself on a physical, mental and emotional level. Without honouring myself and taking the time to nurture myself, I am unable to show up 100% for myself, my loved ones, patients and you…my beautiful tribe.
Instead of pushing through, I took this sign of sluggishness and decided to take some well needed time out… I booked myself and hubby a trip to Italy! With exception to the last few days (attending the last minute jobs list), in the weeks leading up to our trip, I have also taken more time to step up my self love routine- grounding in my garden, meditating, slow cooked nourishing foods and embraced any opportunities for lengthier sleep ins. I have also developed a little travel kit that I wanted to share with you.
Here’s what I’ll be taking with me on our Italian getaway…
- Glutathione antioxidant support, for protecting against radiation exposure of flying.
- Multivitamin (containing activated B’s), as a general support to make up any deficiencies while indulging in Italian cuisine.
- Probiotics (containing therapeutic strength and strains of beneficial bacteria), to support my microbiome and particularly encourage healthy digestion. No one wants to be bloated and ‘blocked up’ on holidays 😉
- Digestive Enzymes, to take with all meals (for the above reason) which work by providing small intestinal support to break apart foods and uptake nutrients. If a few foods containing gluten sneak into our Italian adventure, these guys will be my friend.
- Olive leaf, astragalus, vitamin C and zinc formula, to ward of any lurgies that are commonly shared on planes.
- Lavender, for helping with sleep on the plane and transitioning into the new time zone in Italy. I’ve always struggled to get proper rest on planes (I don’t think I’m alone here), so I look forward to the inhaling the beautiful scent.
- Eucalyptus, Laurel, Peppermint, Tea Tree & Lemon blend, to help clear any sinus congestion on the plane.
- Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Coriander, Tarragon, Fennel blend to apply topically to my gut (with coconut oil as a carrier) to help with any digestive upsets. Lets face it, I’m going to be embracing a few foods that I naturally would leave off my plate at home. It’ll be comforting to have this support along with my probiotics and enzymes.
- Lemon, to add 1-2 drops in a morning water, as an antioxidant invigorating tonic.
- I’m not a fan of plane food for many reasons, so tonight I’ll have an early dinner before we head off to the airport. I therefore wont be needing the late night supper and early brekkie on our first flight. Just incase, nuts will be my go-to snack. For my first meal tomorrow morning (I generally fast overnight for as long as possible), I’ll enjoy a Collagen Protein Bite which contains MCT oil to give me a natural boost. I’m sure I’ll be needing it by then!
- I’ve had my regular chiro adjustment, to help support my structural back and neck weaknesses, plus I’ll be packing my neck support pillow for the plane.
- Blue blight blocking sunglasses, for sleep support. Let’s face it, planes are full of blue light exposure and I want to be able to indulge in movie time during the flight. When you wear your orangey-red tinted blue light blockers (I have the trendy Swankies brand), you are preventing disruption in your sleep hormone melatonin and therefore encouraging a restful sleep. These will also come in handy to help transition smoothly into the new Italian time zone.
- Magnesium Oil spray, to apply to my legs and feet and allow my muscles to relax for an added sleep support.
- Once I’m ready to get some shut eye, I’ll be taking my sleep mask to block out light exposure, to help me drift off to sleep.
Ready For Adventure
Next time you head off an an interstate or overseas adventure, consider what you’ll be including in your travel kit. Offer your body, mind and soul positive support by incorporating natural medicine, nourishing dietary choices and lifestyle hacks, so you can enjoy a trip feeling on top of the world.
What are your travel kit essentials?
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