How To Reconnect With Yourself After Traveling

 

While being caught up in the new scenery, mouth-watering vegan delicacies, and on-the-go lifestyle of travel, I am with myself mentally and intuitively in terms of navigation, learning new things about the world and myself, and my inner compass. However, I do find there to be a lack of oneness with myself and my body after I return. I believe that your physical health is just as important as your mental health, so it’s crucial to nurture both when you return.

If I ever feel in a rut whenever I return after coming home and possibly feeling a little bit of reverse culture shock, I know that in doing these things daily that I can come back to myself. Everyone has something different that works for them, but some of these practices are for on and off the road so that you can continue to grow and reflect on your life. If you ever feel lost, confused, unmotivated, or sad upon returning home, try adopting some of these aspects into your life and watch what changes; what improves; and what vanishes.

 

 

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Sleeping In

This is something I think everyone can benefit from after twenty or thirty hours of flying. While I am traveling I never really take a full nights sleep for over a day; especially when there are multiple airlines, layovers, and luggage checks keeping you in the hustle and bustle of it all. I rely on naps while on my way or coming home from a trip, so whenever I land, I am generally ready to hibernate for a good twelve hours.

Whenever I wake up, the day after is going to be an extremely lazy day. I like to lay in bed and chill, which I think that is everyone’s favorite thing after living life in the fast lane and hopping from city to city. I’ll try and wake up around 11 or 12pm and leisure my way around the house for the day. It’s a nice coming down from life on the road and starts your (what I like to call “travel break” lol) homecoming off on the right foot.


Kick Start My Morning Routine Again

So while I am a creature of habit, I do love to have wiggle room in my day to day. The key components that I need to start my day off are listed below. Ever since I started doing these things I have felt so much more grounded emotionally, mentally, and physically. I think that I generally tend to write more while I am abroad because I have a whole plate of thoughts that I need to dump into it and while I am home it seems to be reflections of myself. My routine tends to look similar to when I am traveling, but nothing compares to that feeling of being home.

  • Stretching There are few things that are better than a good morning stretch routine. It lengthens the muscles and allows you to just breathe and feel your body. I don’t necessarily have a routine for this, but I focus on the muscles that need a little bit more love to them after a long nights rest, and I tend to do the most stretches that involve flexibility and yin yoga since I am training in TaeKwon-Do and those tend to be deeper and longer stretches.
  • Meditation – I don’t do this one as much as I should but the last one that I did had me sobbing (in a good way) for about ten minutes during and after the whole thing. If you want to cry too, follow the link to the video here. I do guided meditations on YouTube since I still have a little bit of trouble focusing my mind, but this has been one of the biggest healing aspects in my life. In doing this, it also helps wake me up and get my gears going for the day which is always a plus on top of creative visualization. I like to do around a fifteen-minute meditation on Youtube when I wake up, sometimes this is before stretching and sometimes after, but it helps me stay focused on my dreams and for all of the work that I need to get done for the day.
  • Journaling – I have written about this before in my monthly favorites posts, but I think you can ask pretty much anyone what writing down things does for their life, and they’ll tell you heaps of positive outcomes from doing so. I think the best thing about them is that they don’t have to be formal or poetic, they can be whatever you want it to be. Sometimes it feels like I don’t really have anything to say other than that I had a pizza for dinner, so what helps me keep track of myself, manifestations, and self-growth are moon journals. They have helped me learn more and more about planetary alignment and why I am feeling what I am feeling each month. The connections have been crazy, and if you want to learn more about yourself, you can purchase a new moon or full moon journal and watch your dreams unfold (not sponsored lol).
  • Morning Coffee / Tea If there is one thing that I never skip out on each morning, it’s my morning coffee or tea. I tend to go through phases of one or the other and right now it’s been coffee. I am a medium roast kind of gal if you’re curious, and I take mine with about around two teaspoons of coconut nectar, a splash of maple syrup, eight ounces of coffee, and the rest is oat milk in a standard coffee mug. Since the weather is starting to cool down, this cup of joe has been so good for warming myself back up after having to get out of bed and immediately freeze. I love the warming feeling it gives me and it almost symbolizes the start of my home routines again.
  • Cook Myself My Favorite Breakfast I always ran with the mantra that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” because I am very passionate about breakfast food and generally breakfast is when I have the time to turn on some music, whip out my spices, and spend some times with myself in the morning. For me, the food is way better whenever I cook it because there isn’t a spot to go to a good savory vegan breakfast here in Texas (as you could have probably guessed lol). I have been cooking up tofu scramble, hash browns, and vegan sausage links for about a month now and I have felt the best I ever have. Sometimes I switch it up with pancakes if I am feeling it, but I generally lean towards the savory option. After your late morning, cook yourself your favorite breakfast meal. Smother your pancakes in syrup, eat two plates of biscuits and gravy, and savor every bite.


Eat My Favorite Foods

In going to different countries, a really obvious aspect of it is that you’re not going to have the same access to your favorite foods like you normally do. Food is a big aspect of travel for myself, but sometimes I just want the convenience of going down the road and ordering my favorite bowl of pho, and when I come home, that’s exactly what I want to do. I want a huge batch of potatoes, spaghetti and garlic bread, a large bowl of tofu and veggie pho, and a vegan Papa John’s pizza that is smothered in garlic sauce. Sometimes, they’re not the healthiest items, but the whole point is to make you and your body feel good.  I generally eat pretty intuitively, so while I do consume these on a regular basis back home, they taste even better after a brief hiatus from them.


Go To My Favorite Local Spots

Since I don’t really have a favorite “nature” spot to go to at home, most of my favorite places tend to revolve around food. One of the first things that I do when I get back, literally after coming home from the airport, is I go to my favorite noodle spot down the road from where I live. In this way, I kick off my trip and close it with the same place because I know that I’ll miss it when I am gone and I’ll be equally deprived of it when I return. It’s that good, folks.

Before I leave to go on my trips, I like to make sure that I am not leaving a bunch of food in the house, so whenever I get back I get to make this huge grocery shopping haul. I LOVE grocery shopping for some odd reason, it’s one of those things that you either love or you hate it, and I could wander around Whole Foods all day long if I could. After that, I get to come home and see a bunch of colorful foods in the fridge and that is one of the best feelings for me. If I were back home in Missouri, I would most likely be at the cliffs or at my favorite spot on the golf course by my house.

No matter where it is, go there and relish in it.


Deep Clean My Space Before I Leave

If you thought coming home to your own bed was nice, imagine having a spotless room and fresh sheets to bellyflop on when you return. I kind of go through phases of being really messy or really dirty, but after traveling, I know that I am not going to want to come home and clean. I picture this as having a clean space and a fridge full of groceries, now you CANNOT beat that. With hopping from place to place, you constantly have to keep unpacking and repacking, so it’s nice to come home and set your bag down knowing that you won’t have to get up and leave soon.


Unpacking

I know this is everyone’s favorite thing to do lol. I still struggle with unpacking when the time comes, but unpacking lifts a weight off my shoulders and sets me up for my routines; like I said, I am all about my routines. I like to put my shampoo and conditioner back in the shower, put my toothbrush back in the holder, and organize all of my clothing so that I don’t have to go digging later on. This is one of those things that you only have to do once, so I try not to procrastinate like I usually do and get it done because it’ll be one less thing for me to have in the back of my mind three months later as the backpack is still sitting in the same spot on the floor, untouched. Trust me, I’ve been there.


Move My Body

There is nothing like an intense sweat session to work out all of that salty, greasy airline food. Luckily, I have TaeKwon-Do three days a week to keep me accountable for this, but even going for a walk in the park is something that is accessible for everyone. It’s so nice to go outside, breathe in the fresh air, welcome yourself home, and get your gears rotating again. Maybe there is a trail that you run or a beach that you go to all the time. No matter what it is, get out there and take in one of those deep, belly-filling breaths and I promise you that the sky will be a little bluer, the sun will shine a little brighter, and your mood is going to improve by a thousand percent.

 

Start A New Book

This one applies to me every once in a while since it takes me so long to finish a book, but I am really, truly trying to get back into reading. I remember reading books all the time in my childhood and I think technology has replaced it currently. I spend so much time writing and editing on my computer that I often lack a point in the day where I turn it off, sit down, and enjoy a good book. I recently started Astrology For The Soul which has been a complete eye-opener in the things that are holding me back from my goals in relation to the formation of the planets when I was born. I think in having something to read that is going to allow me to look inside is going to help me want to pick it up time and time again and finally bring back that routine that I once had. Starting a new book sort of symbolizes a fresh start for me, so coming home from a trip where you have finished a book abroad and then starting a new one once you arrive is refreshing.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my routines and little things that I do after each trip I take to reconnect with my body and get back into my more relaxed home routine. Let me know in the comments below what things you do to return to yourself after you travel. 

 

Until next time,

Aaren

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  • Definitely agree with you about writing things down. I love taking notes also while out traveling, in order to remember things (and it makes it way easier now when I have a travel blog too, my notes + pictures pretty much makes up the blog, yay). I’m terrible at unpacking, and also at getting back into good habits when I come home from travels. My apartment might be clean, and my gym habit on point, then I go traveling and all of a sudden my apartment is upside down, I’m stuck on the couch and my hand seems to be unable to stop moving back and forth from the bag of chips. Oops! I’ll have to follow your list when I get back home next time. #gltlove

    • I’ve been journaling and looking back on past notes a lot recently and it’s crazy looking back on how different your mindset was at the time and how everything seemed so routine and together! I am still working on getting back into my routines and I am so glad this helped you out (:

  • I loved your article Aaren. I always struggle to find myself upon return from an amazing trip. I do have my little routines too but sometimes I am reluctant to follow them as the only thing I want is to sleep my way through the next trip. Yet I know I should not feel that way and it’s so good that this article reminded me of the importance of my little routines (BTW the huge bowl of spaghetti is one of mine too!).

    • I think that a huge bowl of spaghetti can cure any case of my travel blues lol! I am such a creature of habit that I almost relax when coming home sometimes because I am back to the swing of things but it still really is depressing ): BUT all the more reason to track those flight deals!

  • Thanks for sharing! I was actually thinking about writing something like this, because it’s so hard to cope with coming home after spending some time on the road. And usually people don’t understand why it’d be hard, you are going home after all, and it’s supposed to be great.
    In any case, for all of us who struggle with the bittersweet experience of going back, these are great advices! ❤️