Something I keep getting asked about is routine on the go. It can be challenging in the digital nomad/slomad lifestyle to maintain a routine while on the move. Traveling and moving around Mexico for the past month reminded me how important it is to keep routine while on the go to stay grounded.
Here are some tips for staying grounded and maintaining routine while traveling and moving around.
1. Know yourself and what is core to you
We all have unique needs and different things that make us feel secure, grounded and energized. It’s important to first reflect on what that is for you.
- A good nights sleep?
- Regular exercise?
- Morning meditation?
- Journal and reflection?
- Healthy foods?
- Solid water intake?
Know what fills your personal cup. The first step is understanding yourself and your core routine needs.
2. Travel with items vital to your routine
Once you’re more aware of what is core to you, make sure you pack the essential items for your routine. This could be a yoga mat, resistance bands, a journal, incense, specific food or drink items, etc. If you can’t travel with it, buy it once you arrive at your destination. For example, I travel with my incense holder, incense, journal and favorite teas. I bought a new yoga mat in both Argentina and Mexico to use on my travels in each country to avoid lugging it through airports. Having your routine items close helps you quickly put a routine in place.
3. Implement + ground
Ok, so you know yourself and you’ve got your essential items handy. The next step is ACTION, implementing and grounding in your new location. This one’s on you. If you know you need a solid night’s sleep, make sure to get to bed early the first night you arrive. If exercise is core to you, start your first morning with a Youtube workout or find a nearby gym to join and get started. The key is to prioritize the routine things that ground and energize you as soon as possible in your new destination.
Then …reap the benefits.
Moving around frequently, one of the most challenging feelings is being ungrounded. Getting your core routine in place sooner rather than later will help you feel your best to explore & enjoy.