The previous Great NEWS post covered Walking Well or Walking Woes and today we turn to Travel Tensions, Troubles and Toxins. Have you ever felt sad, sick, stressed or tired while traveling or after returning home? This post will share some simple strategies and life lessons learned from 50+ years of dealing with Travel Tensions Troubles and Toxins.
Many people talk about feeling more emotionally, mentally and physically run down after taking a trip or vacation than before they started. What type of travel or vacation would do that to a person? Welcome to the modern world of travel tensions troubles and toxins.
Would you like to learn some simple strategies and suggestions to feel reenergized, rejuvenated and rested instead? Read further to learn more about what to do now and do better before your next trip. When you invest big bucks and time planning a great trip one or two ideas could mean the difference between a frustrating failure or fantastic fun.
Travel can be a terrific or troubling experience depending on your level of planning, preparation and psychology. While travel offers many great adventures and opportunities there are also many possibilities for accidents, illness, injuries, problems, risks, tensions, toxins and troubles.
After extensive travel to many cities, counties and countries and a recent transatlantic cruise it is obvious that travel has the potential for a wide range of emotional ups and downs. One minute you can be feeling a fantastic Rocky Mountain high and the next minute you are feeling as low as Death Valley thinking the end is near. Feeling both of these extremes has helped educate and empower me from the valuable life lessons learned. This blog is designed to help you be better at packing, planning and preparing in order to experience more fabulous fun and prevent potential problems.
Most people say they enjoy travel yet it appears the majority of people seem to be clueless of how serious the travel tensions, troubles and toxins can be. One simple situation can have a negative or positive impact for the rest of your life depending on how well you are educated, equipped and experienced to deal with it.
Tactical Travel Thinking
Walking is a key aspect of traveling so let’s look at it with new eyes. People walk for exercise, fun and transportation to get from here to their. While walking is easy to do it is also easy to trip and take a hard fall or twist an ankle. Be sure and read the previous blog on Walking Well or Walking Woes to avoid the common walking woes so many people experience and train your body and brain for peak performance and walking well.
You see numerous examples of travelers being stressed, tired and unprepared while traveling. Very few travelers carry a back pack with healthy snacks, holistic first aid kit, vitamins and a water bottle. They end up buying unhealthy coffee, fast foods, junk foods and sodas. While these choices might seem like small stuff, over time this small stuff compounds into super sickening stuff which can impact your health, safety and well being.
It is imperative to develop a wise system and written strategy for travel that you train yourself to follow on every trip from those cross town to cross country or across a continent.
Altitude changes can have a serious affect on people who have breathing challenges, health issues and lack physical fitness. Depending on the amount of altitude change, beverage and food intake and timing involved a person can experience altitude sickness symptoms that vary from being mild annoyance to super serious and life threatening.
Alcohol, beverages and foods consumed while traveling play a major role in how you feel and the level of stress and tension experienced. Many people over indulge on unhealthy choices during travel and vacation and consume even worse choices. It is vital to eat and drink wisely especially when traveling due to the extra level of strain and stress involved. The body and brain can only deal with so much travel tensions, toxins and troubles before it becomes overwhelmed and crashes.
Dehydration is one of the biggest problems a traveler faces. It can affect your blood pressure, heart rate and thinking abilities. This can mean the difference between a safe travel trip and unsafe fall trip.
Lack of blood flow and movement while on planes can lead to deep vein thrombosis. This blood clotting can lead to brain damage and a life threatening condition. It can ruin your trip fast. Often times it appears after a trip and can cause a costly hospital stay and long term medication. They can be prevented by following common sense and great health recommendations. Air travel is safe if you make smart choices and understand the risks. It is also incredibly dangerous when you make unhealthy choices and are naïve about travel risks.
Blood sugar drops and spikes can cause confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, headaches, irritability, loss of balance and weakness. This can result from not drinking and eating well. Every traveler must consume healthy beverages and foods and avoid the “free: peanuts, pop and pretzels. There is no such thing as “free”. There is always a condition, concern and consequence connected to these “free” cheap commodities.
Oxygen level fluctuations are common due to altitude, asthma, chemicals, cleaners, congestion, deodorizers, fragrances, pollen, pollution, sinusitis and smog which can have a serious impact on your breathing. Many people are not fully aware of how sensitive their breathing, lungs and nasal passages are to environmental factors. Now is the time to start learning more about the potential pitfalls by becoming a super sleuth like Sherlock Holmes looking at the clues instead of being a sad, sick and stressed Sick Stiff that is clueless.
Walking is the most common form of transportation and greatest source of risk while traveling. Walking involves your blood vessels, bones, brain, heart, joints, lungs, muscles and nervous system so a weakness in any one area can result in an injury. It is essential to focus on training your body and brain for optimal agility, alignment, balance, breathing, dexterity, endurance, gait, posture, sensory and visual acuity to prevent potential pain and problems. The previous blog on Walking Well covers the top ten tips.
Falls are one of the greatest risks any adult, child or senior faces during their lifetime. This is even more of a concern while traveling for business, commuting or vacations. Due to altered awareness, construction standards, disorientation, infection potential, jet lag, medical treatment, new surroundings, stress and unfamiliarity the small stuff can become super sized critical fast. Whether it is a fall from a bike, fall from a slip or fall from a trip the result can be major or minor. Each could result in an injury to the arms, back, face, hands, head, neck or spine resulting in a mild annoyance to a major trauma. Many people are impaired for life from head injuries that could be easily prevented with a hands free cell, helmet or seat belt.
Due to modern technology, training and travel most people today have become totally dependent on others to prepare, sell and serve drinks and foods to nourish their body and health. They are at the mercy of others to insure the items are safe to eat or drink. This could be downright dangerous and a major mistake any where in the world because many items today contain additives, antibiotics, artificial chemicals, artificial sweeteners, bacteria, colorings, dyes, flavorings, Generically Modified Organisms (GMO), heavy metals, hormones, pesticides, plastics, preservatives, synthetic vitamins and sweeteners. “Caveat Emptor” means “Buyer Beware: and definitely applies to anything you put in your mouth when traveling or not.
Accidents and injuries can happen any moment so be sure to have a great first aid kit handy. Learn how to administer first aid for a variety of common issues that could affect you or your family. The best first aid involves fast action with appropriate treatment to minimize the situation becoming worse now and in the future. It is also important to prevent and treat for shock since even minor injuries and shock can result in death. CPR and Chest Compression only are both essential life skills to master.
Cancellations, changes, communications, confusion, delays, glitches, gremlins and weather play a major role in shaping our everyday life and travel, Observing people indicates about 80% are walking without attention or awareness to their situation and surroundings. Modern men and women are plugged in and tune out from the everyday risks and world around them. Our ancestors knew how to find food and water and watch out for danger.
Cell phone usage may be one of the biggest contributors to accidents, injuries and deaths due to the impaired judgment, mental distraction and physical actions. Cell phones may also prove to be the smoking gun for the rapid increase in brain cancer due to Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) exposure. Use hands free operation when you are safely seated to avoid putting your life and others at risk.
Today many people are clueless as they travel and walk with minimal attention to their surroundings and themselves. It is only a matter of time before this will result in pain, physical injury and problems. Our happiness, harmony and health depend on being alert, attuned and aware to what is going on around us and making wise choices.
Stress is another factor that impacts the quality of your travel and vacation. Stress is a result of the reactions your brain, body and hormones go through in response to various situations. Most people are stressed most of the time due to lifestyle choices. A healthy lifestyle and travel should include time for great: exercise, food, fun, meditation, music, nature, prayer, relationships, relaxation, sleep, walking, water and yoga. The majority of stress is self induced from allowing your ego, emotions and external influences to control your life. When you learn to listen, live and love from your heart and intuition you will find true happiness, harmony and health for the long term. Daily EFT, Primordial Sound Meditation and yoga are great suggestions to help.
Antibacterial soaps often contain chemicals like triclosan which have been linked to many consequences and health risks. Excessive antibiotics usage and antibacterial chemicals are contributing to the emergence of more resistant and virulent bacteria. The ones that survive pass on this trait and have created the super bugs like antibiotic resistant tuberculosis, flesh eating bacteria, MRSA and SARS we are now facing in many parts of the world.
Chemical cleaners and deodorizers used by airlines, airports, businesses, cruise lines, hotels, motels, rental car companies, restaurants, stores and transportation companies are usually synthetic and toxic. They are concerned with germs and go to great lengths to use the most germ killing product they can find. Many use the cheapest and most toxic products available while a few actually use environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Support green and sustainable companies with your loyalty and purchases.
It is up to you to ask better questions and then communicate your support for those that use green products. Natural products like baking soda, neem oil, oregano oil, tea tree oil and vinegar can clean effectively without the harsh synthetic chemicals and compounds. Remember that everything eventually ends up in out water systems and these are the rivers of life that feed us and sustain us. We must stop the use of toxic chemicals that destroy the environment.
Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF) is another source of invisible toxins that affect your health. Appliances, cell phones, cell towers, cordless phones, micro waves, electric power lines and Wifi emit varying levels of EMF that has been shown to have detrimental effects to cells, organs and tissues. Be sure to minimize your exposure and ground yourself often and every opportunity.
Industrial chemicals, colorings, compounds, glues, solvents and treatments like: benzene, BPA, BPS, degreasers, dyes, fabric coatings, formaldehyde, glues, paints, PCB’s, sealers, stains, stain resistant coatings and wood treatments usually contain toxic chemicals. Obviously avoid as many as possible and chose healthier options when available.
Plastic bottles and products are made from fossil fuels and contain many harmful chemicals that cam damage the environment and us. Look for healthier water bottle choices like glass or stainless steel which are a big improvement for you and the environment.
Sun screens usually contain synthetic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin and can harm your happiness, health and hormones.
Shampoos and soaps often use a wide selection of synthetic chemicals and compounds that are very harmful. Many people are now waking up to the fact that these chemicals are absorbed through the skin and causing problems.
Toxic people you come in contact with while traveling are also an unpleasant experience to be avoided as much as possible. Whether it is the toxic person at the airport, beach or hotel or on the bus, news, radio, plane, shuttle, train or TV learn to turn off the negative vibes and turn on the positive ones from great information, music, people and role models.
Water treatments such as chlorine and fluoride vary greatly in different parts of the world. It is vital to drink the purest water you can find. Spring and well water are a top choice if they are not polluted or treated. Tap water may or may not be as safe as you think due to contamination along the way and the pipes that carry the water. Plastic water bottles are not ideal due to plastic chemicals and compounds leaching into the water. When in doubt use a water filter. Calcium bentonite clay is another item you can carry to help purify your water. They also manufacture small portable water filters that are quite effective.
The goal of this post is to help you stop your exposure to the most common travel tensions, troubles and toxins and then help you pack, plan and prepare for safer travel.
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