Long Layover? Work Trip? Holiday Travel? Make it work for you!!
Tip #1: Go To Snacks
Pack lots of healthy travel go to snacks, so that if you get hungry you aren't defaulting to unhealthy options like potato chips that just turn straight to sugar and are cooked in unhealthy oils, but instead have healthy, energizing options available to you like kale chips, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, Epic bars (healthy jerky), etc. If you don't have room or time to purchase before, Starbucks typically sells Rhythm brand kale chips and beet chips! (Check out my travel snacks blog post for healthy travel snack ideas!)
Tip #2 Mindful Eating
When you are at the airport, often times there's a lot of rushing and then waiting around which leads to stress then boredom. Both of these emotions can lead us to overeating lots of low energy foods. So this is where preparation and mindfulness is key! When you start looking for food, this is a good chance to pause and ask the question "Am I actually hungry?" We so often use food to cope with stress, boredom, and other emotions so start building your mindfulness muscle and start noticing what is triggering you to reach for food.
If you are not actually hungry, find another activity to distract yourself! My favorite is soda water with lime. You can find Perrier or Pellegrino at most airport convenient stores or ask for soda water wth lemon or lime at any airport restaurant! This is a great way to stay hydrated as well as give you something to go to! If sparkling/soda water isn't your thing, still water, herbal tea, or a black coffee are other great choices!!
Tip #3 : Move your body!
Use long layovers at the airport as an opportunity to move your body before sitting on a plane for an extended period of time.
This is a great time to set an intention! Set a step goal for yourself and you can use your phone or other step tracker(Fitbit, pedometer) to set a goal and get your steps in! I love using my airport time to walk around and listen to audiobook on my headphones.
Yoga: Find an empty gate or open area to get some yoga in! Some airports even have designated areas for yoga. I like to pull up a yoga video on my phone and follow along. I really like SaraBeth Yoga. She has lots of 15 minute yoga sequences including vinyasa, hatha, power yoga as well as longer videos if you have more time!
Tip #4: Meditate
The airport is an incredible opportunity to meditate. Usually with travel comes stress and anxiety, so use your down time to your advantage to relax your mind. I usually find an empty gate close to mine to post up, but even if you are surrounded by people it is even better for your practice. You can always put on sunglasses and no one will even know you're doing it!
I use the 10% happier meditation app which has tons of guided meditations varying in length and different focuses. The app also has tons of meditation videos to learn more about meditation, Q&A, and tons of meditation tips!
MINDFULNESS COLORING BOOKS:
They also sell mindfulness meditation coloring books which is another way to let your mind at ease and kill time at the airport! You can find them on amazon for less than $10. One of my favorites is pictured below and is the perfect size for travel! Click amazon link below to purchase!
Tip #5: Stay Hydrated!
Flying and stress dehydrate the body, so set a goal to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water. Also, caffeine adds to dehydration, so be sure to subtract out the ounces of caffeinated drinks you drink i.e. Tea and coffee! You can use your phone to keep track Or what I like to do is buy a couple large bottles upfront at an airport convenient store that meet my target ounces and just make sure I finish those before I land! Staying hydrated and focusing on drinking water Is also extremely helpful in combating food cravings especially sugar, so when in doubt drink up!