15 Affirmations for Travellers

While travelling, your buttons will be pushed! Some days may feel like nothing has gone right or to plan. You will be thrown into more stressful situations than you thought and may be wondering… I thought this was meant to be fun!

One day, I managed to spend all the cash on the hostel before leaving to an island with no cash points, the mister then lost the bank card, we were wet through from the rain and we felt miserable.

Firstly, it’s okay to have ‘bad days’. After all, how would you recognise good days without the bad ? But, if the mister had argued with me about spending the cash, then I got my own back about losing my card, this situation could have gone from bad to worse. We were still a united front, so when we finally arrived at our hostel and the fire was on and coffee was served… we cuddled and realised how proud of ourselves we were for getting through the day. I doubt we would have appreciated the cosy surroundings without the previous drama.

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In my mind there are two ways to look at a situation; a positive way and a negative way. It is easy to focus on the negative when things are going wrong, but how about searching for a positive? For example, ‘For flip sake, we have taken the wrong turn again’. This could be turned on it’s head to ‘We have taken the wrong way, but lets see what’s up there’. You may stumble across the most magnificent place by taking that wrong turn, it may not be so bad after all.

For the pessimists out there this way of thinking may be quite difficult. That doesn’t mean you can’t work on it. Practising talking to yourself positively will train your subconscious mind to have more positive thoughts which will led to more optimism. This reprogramming will take time but can be implemented into your morning and evening routines.

Affirmations are simple statements that can inspire us to be better, remind us how great we are and help us focus on what we want out of life. They promote positive changes in your life, simply by talking to yourself! Sounds easy enough right?

Here are my Top 15 Affirmations for Travellers that I have separated into different categories; Anxiety, Positivity, Health, Relationships and Goals.

Anxiety

Even for people who don’t struggle with anxiety, travelling can be stressful. These affirmations come in handy when your in a situation that makes you feel uneasy and your mind is about to go down a slippery slope of catastrophic thinking. A great way to halt that is by saying these simple statements to lower your heart rate.

Positivity

You are currently experiencing a life changing opportunity! Just think about what you have achieved already and how many more inspiring moments you are going to have along the way! You are seeing the world in all it’s glory… you have so much to be positive about but its great to have some affirmations to remind you every day.

Health

Carrying heavy backpacks, climbing hills in flip flops and occasional microwave meal may not make you feel so fit and healthy. Saying these statements on a daily basis will keep healthy living in the fore front of your mind. Your less likely to go to MacDonald’s for a cheap lunch or neglect the fruit that’s offered at breakfast if you have said these phrases to yourself.

Relationships

Solo travellers, you will meet the biggest variety of people on your travels and sometimes they may not seem like ‘your kinds of people’. But, the majority of the time, good can be found in the strangest of places and your kindness will be rewarded with kindness too. What you give out, you bring about. For you couple travellers, it’s always good to have some positive affirmations up your sleeve for when your partner is absolutely driving you insane. Remember, your in it for the long haul.

Goals

Many travellers have online businesses to sustain their travel or some may be searching for how to do this. Creating affirmations around your goals will allow you to think creatively, stay focused and reach your individual goals.

Inspired by affirmations? Feel free to save any of these affirmation images to your devices.

Want to pass on the good vibes? Why not share them on social media with your friends and family.

Don’t forget to tag @chloegoesthedistance

Go the distance for you,

Chloe

 

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The Basics of Yoga

Getting to this time of year, I do wonder how many people are still using there gym membership they bought in January. A new years resolution that stuck until February… March? Well I was one of them… I even had a personal trainer but without accountability I didn’t continue to use the gym after my 10 sessions.

So I have been a loyal investor of £10 a month to Exercise4Less until now… when I quit officially. I find home exercise much more appealing, especially in the winter months. In my opinion its too cold and dark to venture out. Sometimes even a home HIIT session is too much for me but Yoga… I always have time for yoga.

I wonder if anyone else has a favourite fitness… for some its running, gym, HIIT but for me it’s definitely yoga!

the basics of yoga

So what is Yoga?

Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines poses, controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation. It was developed in India over 5000 years ago!

  • The poses or postures are a series of movements that increase strength and flexibility
  • Controlling your breathing helps control your body and quietens your mind
  • Meditation is where you learn to be more mindful and be present in the moment

A number of studies have found that Yoga…

  • reduces stress and anxiety
  • enhances your mood
  • creates a sense of well-being
  • improves your balance, flexibility and strength
  • reduces risk factors for chronic disease like heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Helps alleviate conditions such as depression, pain and insomnia.

Plus…it’s an exercise that almost anyone can do too!

In my Healthy and Happy with Chloe group we took a yoga pose each day to master and I invite you to take a look too.

Foundations of Yoga

The foundation to yoga is simply breathing. This connects your mind and body

Let’s say your at work and your boss critics your work, your not meeting deadline or don’t have the right equipment to do your job. You tense up, you feel your head pounding, your jaw tighten… this is a perfect moment to practice by just breathing.

  • Take a few moments
  • Sit in your chair, feet flat on the floor and observe your breathing.
  • Don’t change it just observe it. Your heart might be racing or you may be holding your breath.
  • Then try to gently lengthen each breathe on each inhale and exhale.
  • Count silently to three… then four… then five.
  • Your heart rate will slow
  • Your neck, shoulder and jaw will loosen
  • You may even say your relaxed

This frame of mind will be able to handle the situation much better. May be worth a try the next time life pushes your buttons.

Childs

 

Let’s start with Childs Pose…

  1. Kneel on the floor… touch your big toes together and sit on your heels
  2. Separate your knees about as wide as your hips
  3. Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs
  4. Lay your hand on the floor alongside your torso, palms up

This is a resting pose that you can stay in from 30 seconds to a few minutes

Why do Childs Pose?

  • It stretches the hips and thighs
  • It calms the brain and relives stress and fatigue
  • Relieves back and neck pain
  • Stimulates your digestion

Step further?

  1. T o increase the length in your torso, stretch your arms forward
  2. Lift your bum slightly away from your heels
  3. Reach the arms longer while you draw your shoulders back
  4. Without moving your hand, sit your bum back on the heels

Cat Cow

 

Cat-Cow Pose

  1. Start on your hands and knees with your wrists in line with your shoulders and knees in line with your hips
  2. Point your finger tips forward
  3. Centre your head and look downwards
  4. Cow Pose – Inhale as you drop your belly, lift your chin and chest and gaze upwards
  5. Cat Pose – Exhale as you draw your belly up and round your back towards the ceiling (like a stretching cat)
  6. Release your head looking towards the floor but don’t put your chin yo your chest
  7. Repeat 5-20 times and then rest by sitting back on your heels and moving into Child pose for a few minutes

Troubleshooting

  • If your wrists hurt, place your forearms on the floor
  • If your knees hurt double over your mat or put a blanket under your knees

Benefits of acting like a cow?

  • Strengthens your abdominal muscles
  • Stimulates the kidneys
  • Calms the mind
  • Develops postural awareness and can reduce back pain when practised regularly

Warrior

Are you a fierce warrior?

  1. Begin in a tall strong posture (Mountain Pose)
  2. Step or lightly jump your feet apart
  3. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and out to the sides
  4. Turn your right foot to the right slightly and left foot the left 90 degrees
  5. Turn your left thigh outward
  6. Exhale and bend your left knee over the left ankle
  7. Stretch your arms
  8. Pull your tailbone in
  9. Turn your head to the left and look over your fingers
  10. Stay for 30 seconds to a minute
  11. Reverse the feet and repeat on the right side

Apart from feeling super powerful the warrior pose is great for

  • Strengthening your legs
  • Increases stamina
  • Relieves backache
  • Improves circulation

 

Tree

Want to improve your sense of balance… tree pose is for you!

  1. Start in your mountain pose and focus on your breathe
  2. Once settled, shift your weight slightly onto the left foot and bend your right knee
  3. Reach down with your right hand and clasp your right ankle
  4. Draw your right foot up onto your inner left thigh
  5. If you can press the right heel into your inner left groin with toes pointing down
  6. Rest your hands on your hips
  7. Then slowly press your hands together and faze at a fixed point in front of you
  8. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute
  9. Step back into mountain pose and do the same on the other leg

Troubleshooting

  • If you feel really unsteady and wobbly, stand with your back against a wall

This pose it great for improving your balance!

Take it a step further…

  • Practice with your eyes closed
  • Stretch your arms straight up
  • or form a V with your arms

Within the Healthy and Happy with Chloe group we shared our poses to build up a sense of accountability to practising daily! I hope these poses have given you a taster into the world of yoga. A rug is all you need to do yoga from home.

I personally love Yoga with Adriene’s you tube channel, I regularly see her in my morning’s and I have continued to increase my flexibility, core strength and balance as well as peace of mind throughout her sessions.

Go the Distance for your Health and Wellbeing

Chloe.