Although travelling is one of my favourite things to do, there are definitely times on the road where my energy is low, I’m in a crabby mood, or I just miss the comforts of home.
We’ve all been there, right?
It happens to the best of us.
BUT, a bad mood, delayed flight, or bout of PMS doesn’t have to ruin your entire day or cast a dark shadow on your adventures.
Even on the road, there are plenty of things you can do to lift your mood and get you back on track.
6 tips to lift your mood when travelling
1. Light candles or inhale essential oils
Lighting candles around your accommodation is a sure-fire way to improve your mood and create a cosy atmosphere. The flickering light alone is enough to put a smile on your face, and with such a wide range of fragrances and candle types to choose from, you really can’t go wrong here.
An alternative when travelling is to use essential oils or mists. Small enough to pop in your luggage or carry-on, one sniff or spray of a good-quality oil can instantly make you feel good. My current oil of choice is the ‘Air’ blend from Perfect Potion. With notes of eucalyptus, lavender and lemon, it’s an invigorating and refreshing scent that clears your mind and smells like cool mountain air. Bliss!
The great thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere at any time of the day.
As little as five minutes a day of sitting in stillness is enough to improve your mental health, rest your body, and release any tension you might be feeling.
For newbies to the game, I would definitely recommend guided meditation to get you started.
My favourite app is 1 Giant Mind — they start you off with a 12 step meditation course, which explains the process and gives you an opportunity to journal your experience each time.
If the thought of meditation is a little scary, listening to instrumental music is another great way to zone out. Sonesence has a beautiful range of tracks that not only still your mind and relax your brain, but are just a joy to listen to.
Alternatively, art therapy — or an adult colouring book — is another great form of meditation.
Colouring in is such a relaxing and rewarding activity. It not only naturally slows your mind and loosens tension in your body, but it provides a sense of achievement when you see your finished creation. My favourite is the range from Richard Merritt, that has been designed to relieve stress.
3. Get your thoughts on paper
Sometimes all it takes to improve your mood is to get pen to paper and write down everything that is making you feel drained, emotional, or just ‘off’.
As you write, your body slowly releases any negative energy associated with these emotions, and it really does feel as if a weight has been lifted. You don’t have to share your writing with anyone else, and in fact, its often best if you don’t!
To really ramp it up a notch, I suggest ending your journalling session with some positive thoughts or affirmations to ensure you close on a happy note.
4. Eat well and keep active
I know this is easier said than done when travelling — often you don’t have the ease of access to fresh fruit and vegetables or whole foods when you’re in a new country. But where possible, it is important to choose foods that are good for you in order to keep your energy levels up and the positive vibes flowing.
If you are unable to prepare your own food, then select meals packed with proteins, whole grains, and vegetables; drink plenty of water; and keep fast-food choices to a minimum.
Keep your fluids up — drink plenty of water. I find using a water bottle like the ones from Vapur are a great idea. They pack up really small when not in use, and are so convenient.
Be sure to get out and explore the area you are staying in.
Walking and cycling are great options for checking out the sights and sounds, and best of all — are also the cheapest solution when it comes to transportation!
But if public transport is the only option you have, why not get off a stop earlier than you need to on the bus, subway, or tram?
Or take part in activities that will get your heart pumping and your blood flowing, such as an at-home yoga sesh.
5. Pamper yourself
Taking time out of your day or week to make yourself feel good is SO important.
Think: treating yourself to a weekly facial, using luxurious shower products, getting a manicure/pedicure, letting your skin breathe without makeup for a day, or setting aside some quiet time to read that book or magazine you’ve had your eye on, can make the world of difference.
The best part is that it doesn’t have to cost you a cent — you can do all of these things in the comfort of your home, hotel, hostel, or wherever you happen to end up.
6. Binge your favourite movies or shows
An excellent way to boost your mood and lift your spirits is to watch a movie or tv show that you love.
Whether it’s a new obsession, your all-time favourite movie, or a show you used to watch as a kid — it is guaranteed to make your soul feel happy.
And if all else fails…
Just put a smile on that dial!
No matter how hectic your life is, how much of a negative cloud is hanging around you, or how emotional you feel; the simple act of smiling has been proven to release happy feelings.
So even if it is the last thing you feel like doing, trust me when I say that it is totally worth giving it a try.
Over To You:
What tools do you use to lift your mood?
Have you tried any of the above? Got any favourite sources you’d like to share with us?