Traveling is so much fun. I love exploring new and familiar places, getting some warm weather in the midst of the Oregon winter, and having scheduled playtime. However, coming back home isn’t always easy! In fact, it can feel misaligned, jarring, hectic and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to!
I wanted to share some practices for travel that have been really helpful for me and soothing the anxious feelings while in transition. Even if it’s just a weekend away, I know the feelings of overwhelm all too well and have been working on this for quite sometime. We moved a lot when I was a kid, so some of these emotions are old, outdated feelings that aren’t serving me any longer. I’ve been working with a therapist on assisting, understanding and easing these emotions I experience during transition.
In Hawaii I spent some quality time with the Honu (sea turtles) and observed their pace of life. Witnessing nature helps me to slow down, and this doesn’t only have to be while on vacation. Why do we feel we have to hit the ground running after we get back from a slow, nourishing experience? We deserve to bring vacation mode back home with us while we integrate everything we just experienced.