Avoiding Travel Burnout: What to Do When You're Back From a Trip

Since the start of 2016, I had a goal to travel as much as I could. At first, I started with a lofty goal of once a month. Over time, my work commitments kept me to traveling 1-2 times a month. I loved the idea of being in one place in the morning and another when the sun sets. The joy of meeting new people, trying new foods and getting lost like a local was a thrill. Even a long layover was another opportunity to escape and discover.

And along came the crash.

Finally, around mid-2018 I started to feel a little different about traveling. I preferred being grounded. Any small mishap took me on a Twitter rant. I preferred sleeping in and staying in my Airbnb instead of exploring. I wasn’t looking forward to trips. I even gave up a ticket to visit Iceland, which I had dreamed about all year. I stopped loving traveling because I was feeling so mentally and physically exhausted from it all. Apparently, travel burnout is REAL.

I came to the realization that I needed to slow down. If I had to travel for work, no more over-over extending my work trips. I would limit personal travel to about 4 times a year, not really including when I visit Miami to spend time with family. So far, so good in 2019 and no personal trips planned, yet (will be going to Coachella to #werk!)

In addition to traveling more mindfully, here’s a few things I’ve been doing when I come back from a trip to alleviate travel burnout:

1. Journal on the Experience

Something that I used to do every trip is take a small notebook with me to journal about how I felt while on the trip. Over time, I stopped using the journal because I never stopped in the moment to pull it out and write something down. I’m more of a visual storyteller when I travel. So, I’ve been taking the flight back, or the evening of, to journal on my experience. What did I love? What could I improve? Truly helps me with being more present in my travels.

2. Disconnected Day Off

Taking a day off after traveling is a major burnout saver. One of the worst things I could do to my body is keep business-as-usual despite the fact that I was flying on frequent red eye trips from the West Coast. It took a huge toll in my body and I ended up losing sleep for days. If you are able to travel in the morning and take the rest of the day off, that works too. It’ll also give you a day to do the things you love and keep you happy following a trip.

3. Grounding Myself Outdoors

I heard that a cure for jet lag was spending time near “the ground.” Running outside, playing in the park, walking barefoot in the backyard, etc. I definitely use this advice when it comes to healing myself after a trip. If the weather is nice, I’ll take a stroll outside or spend my entire day off outdoors. Even if you can just open a window and find some fresh air that isn’t at 10,000 feet, it will definitely help. Turning on grounding smells via candles or essential oils may help if you have to stay indoors due to weather.

4. Self-Spa Time

I’m a big skincare person, and giving myself some love with face masks and beauty routines brings me joy. (Please don’t send Marie Kondo to clean my skincare pantry!) One thing that really keeps me from feeling great after a trip is giving myself this at-home spa experience. It also helps to avoid feeling tired through the rest of the week when you’re back. I recently tried the Olay Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Face Mask Stick, which is a super fun no-mess face mask that works in stick form. The pink one micro-exfoliated in a breeze. Turn on a favorite playlist and you’re ready to go!

5. Finding Inspiration on Social Media

Hey, we will live in a digital world. After I’m done with all my disconnecting, I spend some time the next few days after a trip pinning (follow me on Pinterest) and searching travel bloggers on Instagram (check out Filipa Jackson or Chasing Carpe Diem) to inspire my next location. It really gets me excited for the next trip I am able to book and reminds me of why I do what I do in the first place.

Have you ever experienced travel burnout? Any tips? SHARE in the comments below.

x, LC



#SelfCareSunday: Winter-proofing your home

This blog post was sponsored by Scotties, but all opinions and words are my own.

Winter is not coming, winter is here. Being from a year-round warm weather city means preparing to survive winter that much more complicated. From drier skin to frequent sniffles, it’s something I’m challenged with every year.

But this year is my third winter in NYC and I feel more prepared than ever. One thing I’m really proud of is how I’m setting up my home to be self-care friendly in spite of freezing temperatures.

For starters, I got a hold on temperature control. Thank the city heavens for properly working heating pipes. However, there were a few window gaps and tinkering to do to make sure all systems were ready by connecting with my building Super. I also realized over the last few weeks that my living room was a little colder than the other rooms, so I purchased a small and affordable space heater. Bonus: blankets all around for those who are extra cold!

Next, I added touches of comfort throughout my space with Scotties’ new tissue boxes! They add a comforting touch of style when all the holiday decorations come down and blend seamlessly into my apartment’s aesthetic. You barely notice the fact that there are “tissue boxes” all around, and they’re easily accessible to handle any sniffle scenario.

Scotties gives consumers everything they are looking for in a tissue, offering high-quality facial tissues at a great value with modern designs to fit in any room of your home. I added Scotties to my living room bookshelf, golden cart, bathroom and bedside in my bedroom. Fun fact: I’ve actually slept with tissues next to my bed for as long as I could remember. Waking up with allergies was no fun, but a comforting tissue always made me feel ready and relaxed!

Finally, I’m harnessing the power of crystals for the second year in a row. “What do crystals have to do with winter?!” The anxiety and gloom of dark and cold winter months can easily get to you, but I find that working with crystals to give you balanced energy is a great compromise. There’s a lot to it, and I feel to beginner to be the one to give this a well-deserved explanation, but exploring this space has helped keep my spirits at their high during this crazy season.

What are some things you’re doing to help keep you happy and healthy during the dreary winter months? Happy #selfcaresunday!

The One Thing to Do Every Morning to Energize the Day

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Alive! Multivitamins, but all opinions are my own.

I have a confession: I am a morning person...only if you can get me out of my grogginess when I wake up. What I mean is, I love the idea of the morning because it often comes with a fresh start. But, admittedly, I do find it hard to shake off the feeling of being incredibly exhausted.

What’s really been pushing me to get up and out every day is a handy dandy self help book. I try to wake up and reach a chapter each day, and on days where I can’t handle the pages I’ll tune in to a relevant podcast. Working long hours and learning about business as I go is a huge undertaking, but leaning into these to start my day keeps me fueled to create passionate work (*screams* YAAAAAS).

This self-care in the morning is also rounded out with fuel for my body. I recently tried Alive! Multivitamins to add a dose of plant-fueled energy to my day, made from delicious fruit flavors. This brand prides itself on premium and mindful sourcing of vitamins and minerals to provide more than 100% or more daily value than leading brands. I grabbed myself the Ultra Potency for the power boost I needed.

From early birds to wellness enthusiasts, this line of vitamins offers a variety of products to fit your specific needs and unique wake up call. While this will work differently for everyone, what I found is that it was an easy way to incorporate better habits into my daily wellness routine. Just knowing that I was taking the extra step to fuel my body with valuable nutrients toward overall better health made me feel even more ready to take on the day. It also travels really well, so that was a bonus.

Looking to revitalize your daily routine? With Alive! Multivitamins, you’ll be on the right track. Grab some for yourself on Amazon and use the code 15ALIVE1 for 15% off. #OwnTheMorning

My New Year's Resolutions, And How I'm Sticking to Them

The month that feels like 100 months is almost over, so it's time I take a breather to talk about New Year's Resolutions. In between travel, work projects and moving apartments, it's been a challenge to stop and have a talk with myself about what I want to get out of 2018.

But, here we are, list at hand, and if you're like me and waited until the last minute to get your sh*t together then I hope this inspires your list, too. One helpful tool I used was a New York Times piece about setting resolutions by looking at the habits you want to change and addressing the root cause.

I also decided to take a little bit of a tweaked approach -- inspired by my dear friend Chelsea Henriquez -- where I have 5 themes to address alongside 5 statements, or mantras, that I am going to incorporate into my daily life. Without further ado:

Resolutions

  1. Connected Mind: Working in media means I'm constantly glued to my phone (you're welcome for my speedy texts back!) and this year I'm making an effort to connect more with my mind over the screen. I started by creating a ritual space in my new home that's going to solely be used for disconnecting. It's a little nook with Affirmators!, healing crystals, a journal, greenery and more. All of this to feel more connected and grounded, understanding myself in ways I hadn't done so before.
  2. Family and Relationships: Last year, I spent a lot of time and energy learning to love myself fully. It was important. I had come off of a relationship that left me with significant identity and self-confidence issues, and needed to remind myself of who I was -- and who I could be. This year, I want to take all that self-love and apply it to my family and friendships. That means: I'm calling more, I'm appreciating more, and I'm finding new ways to connect with people. 
  3. Food for Life: For the last 4 years I've been struggling with issues from IBS to H. Pylori, now working through SIBO. What all this science talk has led me to realize is how much all of my chronic issues -- in the gut and beyond -- are affected by what I eat. This is the year to take charge of diet choices, learn as much as I can about nutrition, and apply it to life my best, and healthiest, life.
  4. Financial Health: I'm a millennial, I'm in that sensitive financial time of my life where I am making money and learning how to better spend and manage it. That starts with being transparent about the state of my wallet. I created this document to help guide me and take a look at all my money talk (you can download and save or copy into your own Google Sheet). Everything from how much I earn, how much I save, how much I pay, where I'm in debt, etc. The formulas and goals sections are incredibly helpful to getting a better grasp on my finances.
  5. Climate Change: If you don't believe global warming is real, this is moment to press the unfollow button. Whatever your level of belief is to the human effect on climate, I'm happy to take a listen and learn more, but I can't sit here and continue to disrespect our planet any longer. This is the year I learn more, but I'm taking the small step and cutting out plastic bags completely. That means I'm shopping with my Apolis Bag and going reusable everything when I make the grocery store trip.

Statements

  1. I am enough: This is the year to entirely stop judging myself. Progress is my new perfection, and as long as I'm giving my best that is enough. I will not wait for someone or something to validate the person I am. Because I know, and love, the person I am.
  2. I am strong: Taking this one physical and mental. I am focusing on nourishing my body with what it needs to perform and sustain my lifestyle. That means I am engaging more in physical activity, practicing a clean diet, and working my brain muscle so that I don't sweat the small stuff. 
  3. I am balanced: It's not just my diet that's staying balanced this year, it's also the way I live my life. I work hard, I play hard. I make time for me, I make time for others. I connect, I disconnect. And I am more mindful of all these things. 
  4. Trust the process: There will be ups and downs, like with any year, so as long as I trust that all things are happening for a reason (*yawn*), then all things will fall into place. This also plays into my newfound self-confidence and acknowledgement of my support system.
  5. To whom much is given, much is required: This has been a mantra of mine for a while, and I'm elevating it more and more each year. I consider myself a very fortunate person, so I know I have a duty to give back and leave things -- and people -- better than I found them. For every blessing that comes my way, I've got to send the universe something right back at it.

How to Keep Them?

  1. Write them down, literally. It wasn't until I sat down to write my list that they truly started to register. I had a visual reminder of the promise I was making to myself.
  2. Make them achievable, realistic. No one likes to be let down, including you by you. Don't make a resolution that isn't realistic and you won't be able to handle. Make it challenging if you want the thrill of that, but don't set yourself up for failure either.
  3. Find commonalities with friends. Two is better than one! And a way to make sure you're keeping these promises is to collaborate with friends who are asking similar things of themselves.
  4. Make small steps to kick them off, then try one by one. Somewhere along my college education I learned that "going cold turkey" doesn't work. It's the same for resolutions. If you ask a lot out of yourself on day one, you're likely to burn out or get discouraged and miss out on completing your promises. Make a dent on each one, and work each month to further elevate what you're doing.
  5. Find ways to keep yourself accountable. When it's you measuring you, you have to create systems to keep yourself in check. Whether that means keeping a journal, a reward system, or a "do good when you mess up system," little treats can condition you to staying on track. For example, every time I use a plastic bag (by accident, or force), I am donating $5 to the Environmental Defense Fund.

But truly, these goals, intentions, statements, tips and tricks, etc., are all to just encourage me to raise my vibration this year.

What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2018?

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3 Ways to Tackle Your Period With Technology

There was a time when women got really pumped about a new period tracking app, but the latest advancements in Aunt Flow technology are kicking these apps to the curb. Periods are bloody awful, but from re-useable underwear to connected cups women are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel - and this time the light is probably coming from their smartphones.

Period innovation is due for an update. In the 1930s, the tampon was invented by a man and to-date not much has changed. In 1969 pads shocked the world by adding an adhesive strip. Finally, building momentum through 2015, we’re starting to see safer and smarter products that offer women alternatives to coping with a bloody mess and its side effects.

If menstruation is a gift from Mother Nature, these three gizmos are the gifts that keep on giving.

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1. THINX: Stain and leak-resistant undies

THINX self-absorbing underwear have been developed to keep women dry throughout their period and can be washed after each wear. Each pair has four built-in layers designed to wick away moisture, fight bacteria with an “invisible silver treatment,” absorb up to two tampons’ worth of liquid, and prevent leaks, respectively.

Sound gross? Yes, it does. According to the company and some brave early adopters, it truly doesn’t feel like a) you’re wearing a diaper b) you’ve leaked through your clothes or c) you’re sitting in blood. At the very least, THINK eliminates the need for preventative panty liners, light tampons or the “ugly underwear” you wear when you’re expecting a period and don’t want to be surprised.

The creators of THINX have also teamed up with AFRIpads, an organization that provides washable, reusable pads to women in developing nations who don’t have sanitary products. A pair starts at $24 and comes in various shapes and colors so you can pick what fits your style best.

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2. LOONCUP: A smart menstrual cup

We’ve evolved from smart phones to smart watches, then smart homes to now smart menstrual cups. Yeah, the thing you shove in your hoo-hah to collect lady juices, spill them out, clean up and use again later. As wearable technology evolves there’s one place we didn’t expect it to go (or did we?) but it recently went there.

The LOONCUP is a connected menstrual cup that automatically checks your menstrual cycle, analyzes fluid color and volume, while also doing all the other things your regular cup, tampon or pads would do on their own. The company raised more than $160 thousand on Kickstarter to bring the Bluetooth-enabled cup to market. It’s touted as safe because the sensor, battery and antenna are discreetly located in the stem of the cup, that is, the outside. Signals are as low and safe, so you don’t have to worry about creating a radioactive disaster down under.

Bonus: The Company believes their medical-grade technology will soon be able to read menstruation for signs of anemia, diabetes and cholesterol. High five for good health.

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3. Livia: Your cramps’ saving grace

Dealing with spills, bloating and food cravings is already so uncomfortable, and the time of the month is only made worse with a woman’s worst enemy: cramps. The pain can sometimes be so severe that women often call in sick to work or class, and stay in bed popping pain killers, waiting for them to kick in.

Livia, on the other hand, is a portable device that provides instant relief from cramps, and lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge, long after those pills wore off. The company has tapped into physiotherapy tech to block pain receptors through electrical pulses. All this science-talk means this is a game changer, especially during times when we are just not having it from Mother Nature.

“With Livia, women everywhere can have a more comfortable period,” said Livia’s CEO Chen Nachum. “Especially with people looking into holistic alternatives for food, medicine, and other industries, Livia is the natural step to take in order to get relief from menstrual pain, especially for women whose cramps can really be debilitating.”

Whether you’re into these ideas or not, the introduction of products like these into the menstrual space means there will soon be bigger and better things to help you with that time of the month.

Take that, Aunt Flo!