Have you taking a holiday where you actually return rested, more energized and healthier? Splendid idea right? How come this concept is so foreign to most of us? The typical vacation constitutes staying up late, eating more poorly then normal, consuming more alcohol and dropping the whole notion of a routine. And then people most state “I need a vacation from my vacation!”, and it’s often true we are tired, we have stressed our body and are left feeling dehydrated and malnourished. And we call this a vacation? Albeit it is fun to let loose and relax from time to time but there is nothing restorative about this type of holiday and then when you go back to the daily grind you are no more prepared or refreshed.
Have you ever considered a health inspired holiday? There are so many options to explore such as yoga retreats or meditation centres and you can select some of the most beautiful locations in the world to be surrounded by.
But there is also something simpler, you could just try to make your next holiday a little more health conscious. I just got back from a cruise with my man and we had the most restorative trip ever. And I can honestly say this as we left our son at home with his grandma and we had 5 uninterrupted night of sleep!!!! If you are a mom then you can identify at how wonderful a feeling this must be. We found ourselves going to bed at an early time nightly, rising early and going to the gym every morning, ate as healthfully as we could and then spent the day relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
We also made another rule about disconnecting from social media and all forms of technology (except for a brief daily skype convo with our son), we simplified our lives and I truly feel rejuvenated and restored.
I also feel it was really important for us to reconnect as it has been a long while since we spent that much time together without our son around and I think it is important to re-establish ‘us‘ and who we are as a couple (I will blog more about this important topic soon!). Also with another little one on the way we know all too well how busy it will be and recognize it could be a very long while before we get to do this again.
But here is my suggestion to you, take a much needed relaxing holiday and use it actually feel restored and return to life feeling healthier, happier and more vibrant. I think this is what was originally intended for a holiday and I know it makes me a bit of a health nerd (I am an ND, what did you expect) 😉 but there is no better way to spend your vacation.
If you have done this before or try a health conscious vacation please share your experiences, I would love to hear from you!
In great health & happiness,
Dr. Michelle Peris is a Naturopathic Doctor whose goal is to inspire health through educating, motivating and empowering people. She has a family based practice out of a clinic in Oakville, Ontario.
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