Stress free vacations

  • Plan well ahead to avoid panicking and rushing about arranging last minute details.
     
  • Consciously make an effort to enjoy the journey to your chosen destination and take pride in the preparations – preparations are a chance to find out about new places and new ways to travel while delays during travel are opportunities to meet new people and catch up on some reading.
     
  • Leave yourself time to wind down from work before you go away – take time to pack and relax for a few days before you depart.
     
  • Once you leave work, put the phone on answer, delegate and trust other people to make decisions and advance things on your behalf and, above all, don’t be tempted to phone in to check on how things are going.  Tell work colleagues not to ring you at home or on holiday – it’s your rest and re-cooperation time.
     
  • Make sure you’ve got enough foreign currency – get it before you go to avoid rushing about at the airport or trying to find somewhere to exchange money at your destination.  Have your money, credit cards, passport, travel ticket, accommodation details and other crucial paperwork and telephone numbers somewhere together where you won’t forget them.
     
  • Rest, relax, exercise, eat healthily and meditate regularly during the week before you go away.  You’ll be able to settle into the vacation and enjoy it all the more if you’re already rested and fully prepared before you go.
     
  • ·Make sure your diet is as healthy as possible in the weeks before you go away – this ensures maximum immunity, settled digestion and loads of energy and vitality stored up to allow your holiday to be fully enjoyed.  The most important thing is to avoid any processed or refined foods (very few nutrients and lots of toxins for the body to deal with).  Avoid refined sugar (in most processed/refined/packaged foods), reduce salt (except Vata types), avoid white/brown bread and white pasta/rice (except basmati), avoid margarine (stick to butter, ghee or olive oil) and cut down on red meat and cold milk.
     
  • Favour organic produce for maximum nutrition and energy (you’ll eat less and they’ll be more tasty).  Favour fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains (rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, quinoa etc), homemade fruit/veg juices and small tasty salads.  Reduce tea/coffee and alcohol and favour herbal teas and hot water with lemon or ginger.
     
  • Maximize the use of ‘superfoods’ such as wheatgrass (fresh or powdered), spiralina, chlorella, kelp, milk thistle, ginseng, ground sunflower/ pumpkin/linseed and almonds.
     
  • Set off for the airport with loads of time to spare.  Take plenty of reading material to occupy your time if you are delayed in airports etc.  Enjoy the delays and don’t get angry or frustrated – use the time to your benefit – read, talk, eat early etc.
     
  • Once on holiday drink plenty of water (not ice-cold as this destroys your power of digestion and can lead to stomach upsets).  Eat only when hungry and avoid eating past the feeling of comfort – put less on your plate and wait five minutes before taking seconds – usually you don’t need any after that.
     
  • Pitta types should avoid too much sun and keep cool – plenty of water and a good sun cream.  Coconut oil or ghee/aloe vera with lavender oil helps soothe and re-moisturise the skin.