Self Care After Traveling With Chronic Illness ~ Part 3 in a series of 3
What is the best way to remain as ‘symptom free’ at the end of your trip, as you were in the beginning?
Practicing self-care after traveling with chronic illness is as essential as the care you took before and during your trip. The challenge lies at the end when you are exhausted and worn out. However, there are a few tips to help make the last leg of your trip a little easier.
The way I’m practicing self-care tonight is by making this post fairly brief. It is now 9:59pm, I am back at home, and feeling more than a little pooped. It was a wonderful trip. But after; 4 days of non-stop activity, more walking than I’ve done in over a year, having been up since 5am., 5 hours of airports and flying…I’m toast.
So, I will post these few helpfull tips, and fill you in on the trip in the days to come ~
Self Care After Traveling With Chronic Illness
Meal Pre-Plan ~ Face it, vacations are seldom spent eating healthy. In fact if you are like me, you probably ate food you would normally never include in your daily diet: fried food, gelato, mimosas, ‘goat’ burgers, ect. On your first night back your body is probably craving more healthy fare. However, you are more than likely too exhausted to think about cooking something that requires any great effort. Make a plan before you begin your trip, and have dinner pre-made for that first night back. Store a salad in a air-tight container, have a few pieces of fresh fruit available, and make a ‘light’ nutritious entrée (freeze if needed) to satisfy your body’s need for something nourishing, and easy on your over-taxed digestive system.
Carve out ‘You Time’ ~ When all the dust has settled, make a little time to do something relaxing for your mind and body. My ‘go to’ is always a nice hot bath. Do something you truly enjoy that winds down your mind, and eases your sore muscles.
Extend your vacation by a day ~ If possible, plan on ending your trip one day early in order to have a ‘recuperating day’. At the very least, keep your return day on the ‘down low’ so you will not have to deal with the ‘real’ world until you are rested and ready.