ALL my travel tips

I was recently asked for my top healthy travel hacks. I've written a LOT on this topic (I love to travel, and feel GREAT while doing so!) and today I'm rounding up all of those blog posts for you to have in one place! Re-reading these posts was super helpful for me too, as I'm currently packing up for another one of my multi-city adventures.

Here's where I'm heading over the next month: Washington, DC; Kittery, Maine; Portland, Oregon AND Los Angeles, California.

Follow my healthy adventures in real time over on Instagram.

See ya later NYC!

See ya later NYC!

Whether or not you've got a trip planned this month, I hope you find these tips helpful as well.

Do you have any fun trips planned this month? Where are you heading?? I'd love to hear from you.

Three things I do when I can't sleep

FACT: I used to have trouble falling (and staying) asleep. While practicing yoga and meditation (plus some targeted supplementation and nutrition hacks) have helped TREMENDOUSLY, I still have nights where my mind is racing and I can't seem to wind down.

Last night was one of those nights.

I thought I would have NO trouble sleeping - I spent a ton of time outside, got plenty of exercise AND went to an hour-long gong meditation (yeah... that was COOL!). I even told my friend Nat "Oooh I'm going to sleep SO well tonight."

Yet somehow when I got home and got into bed I could not relax. My mind felt like it was going a million miles per minute. In the past I would've freaked out more: UGH I'm not going to sleep tonight, I have so much going on tomorrow, just FALL ASLEEP ALREADY!! Instead, I used some of my tools to quiet my mind and calm my body so that I could fall asleep peacefully.

Here are the three things I do when I'm having trouble sleeping:

1. Journal - I journal every night, but find it especially helpful on the nights where my mind is busy. I write down whatever is going on in my head (worries, to-do lists, things I'm excited about, etc) and imagine those thoughts literally coming OUT of my brain and onto the paper.

2. Breathe - Regulating your breath is the easiest thing you can do to calm down. When you breath slowly and deeply, you drop into your body's parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulation of "rest and digest" functions of the body, so simply slowing your breath can drop you into this place of calm and ease. Try this breathing technique, it works every time.

3. Brain Balance - Brain balancing is a tool that I learned during my Universal Health Principles training. This simple practice has the power to stop anxiety in it's tracks and, like regulating your breath, brain balancing helps drop you into your parasympathetic nervous system. I'll probably write a longer post or make a video with more on this practice, but for now watch THIS HOW-TO VIDEO and just try it!

These three practices are so simple yet so powerful. Next time you are having trouble falling asleep, try one (or all three!) of these.

Lavender essential oil also helps :)

Lavender essential oil also helps :)

Do you ever struggle with falling or staying asleep? What do you do? Leave a comment below and let me know! I love to hear from you :)

Can’t sleep? Try this. [Healthy Travel Series #2]

Do you ever have trouble sleeping?

I used to struggle with falling asleep ALL the time, but especially when I was in a strange bed. Today I’m sharing exactly what I do to ensure a restful night’s sleep EVEN when I’m traveling through time zones and sleeping in unfamiliar locations.

These tips are part of a series on healthy travel. Did you miss last week’s tips on how to stay regular when on the go? No worries, you can check them out here: This is probably TMI [how to stay regular while traveling]

Here’s how I get PERFECT sleep no matter where in the world I am:

  • Make your bed feel (and smell!) like home. Bring your own pillowcase. It’s such a little thing but I promise this makes the bed feel more like home. Bonus: I diffuse essential oils in my bedroom at night, so when I’m traveling I make sure to bring a few of my calming oils (Lavender and the doTERRA Serenity blend). I’ll put a drop or two on my pillowcase, and rub some on my feet to help me fall asleep with ease. Learn more about essential oils here!
  • Keep your regular bedtime routine. Sometimes we use travel or vacation as a time to go WILD and say F it to our normal healthy habits. If you usually read a book or journal at night, do that! Maybe, like me, you use essential oils before you go to sleep - pack them with you and right when you arrive put them on your bedside table so that they are there when you are getting ready to turn in. If you always have a cup of tea, bring your favorite tea bags. Stick with your regular routine as much as you can.
  • Buy a sleep mask. Seriously buying this sleep mask changed my life! A sleep mask is particularly helpful if you are traveling time zones - the dark that the mask creates can help adjust your body’s circadian rhythm to the new night/day cycle. This is the one I love because it has space for your eyelashes to blink (which they do when you are in deep REM sleep).
  • Download a white noise app. This is the one I use both when I’m traveling AND when the Brooklyn street noise bothers me (gotta love the city life!). If you are a light sleeper, this is a MUST for you.

Here are just a few places where I’ve successfully slept like a baby using these tips:

  • My street level NYC apartment (probably the hardest place haha!)
  • A teeny couch in Portland, Oregon
  • In the next room over from loudly snoring parents in our family house in Maine (sorry Mom & Dad!)
  • A creaky bunk bed in Austin, Texas
  • A bathtub (yeah… don’t ask about that one)

You can have amazing sleep WHEREVER you are too.

Which of these tips are you going to try tonight? Or what are your tried and true sleep tips? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Sweet dreams!

Stress Busting Tips - Sleep!

GOT STRESS?  Let's be real - we all do!  

In this 3-part VIDEO series, fellow health coach and yoga instructor Christina Ferrara Isola and I answer common stress questions and provide quick and easy ways to manage stress naturally. 




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