Your Mental Health While Traveling

Updated: May 7, 2019

Traveling is an amazing, sometimes relaxing way to try new things and learn new things about yourself. But with traveling comes a lot of change. You're in a new environment with sometimes differnt weathers, different people, food, time zones, priorities. It's something that can give you the mentalhealthtravel version of a culture shock. And maybe the culture does surprise you, how do we take care of ourselves through these new experiences? How do we maintain a mental balance abroad?

Meditating or simply reflecting whether through thought or writing, will give you clarity during your travels. You shed the day in preparation of a new one. It's inspiring. You can also check yourself for any imbalances that might have occurred during any travels or new experiences. Tapping in with how we feel always makes us ready to confront new feelings.

Another way is crystals and yoga!

Crystals come with great restoring and healing properties for everyday living. Whether you need more confidence or recently went through something traumatic, there is a crystal out there for you. When it comes to travel, we know one of the main concerns for black and brown travelers can be safety. Well, there are plenty of crystals whose intentions are to protect.

Great Travel Crystals

Amethyst is an all-purpose crystal that assist you with your spiritual journey, by protecting your spirit from negative energy. It can also help with anxiety and encourages you to be adventurous.

Moonstone is a crystal with a reputation for traveling. It can bring you comfort on the days when you’re missing home and protection when traveling over water.

Malachite aka guardian stone for travelers because it helps protect you from danger. Its also a good stone that can help with flying fears and jet leg.

Rhodonite provides great emotional balance, which is great during trips because things can get stressful. The stone also is aligned with the root chakra helping you feel grounded

Be sure to cleanse all crystals regularly are some tend to absorb negative energy more than others.

7 Yoga Poses for Traveling

Child’s Pose

Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back. This is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can also use Balasana to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs. Stay in the pose from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.

Dangle Pose

Separate your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and bring your chest to your thighs. Fold forward, grab opposite elbows, and settle into this pose for two to three minutes. While this pose may resemble Standing Forward Bend(Uttanasana), which is an active stretch of the hamstrings, the goal in this yin pose is to dangle the upper body for a longer period of time to help release the lower back.

Hamstring Release and Chest Opening: Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

From Tadasana, step your left foot back and turn your foot in at about 45 degrees. Hinge at your waist to reach your right hand to your right ankle as you extend your left arm skyward. Let your gaze follow. Keep reaching through your lifted fingertips to find opening through your chest. Rotate your chest and outer hip upward, and keep your knees soft. Press the right thigh bone back to find release in the hamstrings.

Low Lunge with Shoulder and Chest Opener

Bend deeply through your back knee so that it hovers a few inches off the ground, and draw your clasped palms beyond your tailbone as you lift through your chest. Feel your collarbones broadening as your heart opens, and continue squeezing the shoulder blades together. Lift your chin slightly and smile, because this feels really, really good.

Warrior II

From Prayer Twist, press your back foot down to a 45-degree angle and cartwheel open to Warrior II: separate the legs a bit more, and move to square hips. Reach arms out strong.

Pumping Warrior

Get your heart rate up and your blood flowing with Pumping Warrior. From Warrior II, straighten out your bent leg, reach your arms overhead and press your palms together. Squeeze and release your muscles to your bones with the inhale and exhale, and come back to Warrior II. Repeat the pumping motion 3 times.

Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

Lower down from Standing Split and come back to Warrior II. Straighten your legs, take your feet parallel, inhale your arms overhead, and exhale down into a wide forward fold. Grab your big toes with your Peace fingers, rotate your elbows out to the sides, and stretch the crown of your head down to the floor.

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