The scientific reason why traveling is good for your health
The first time you meet someone, the subject of travel always comes up. Why do we love to share where we have been and we can’t wait to plan our next trip?
Humans are ever evolving and being complacent would have killed us. We traveled with our tribe to discover new foods sources, climates, meet other people and learn from them.
How did we know how to follow this guidance? A famous chef recently mentioned that we have been creating recipes since the beginning of time. The medicine woman or man would also be in charge of the food! We would combine different herbs and wild ingredients to create flavors that enhance our food which supports our organs and health.
Our nervous system led us to try new herbs, fruits and root vegetables. It is our nervous system’s job to keep us ALIVE!
When we travel, we never know what is going to be around the corner, so we are constantly in the present moment, and this is what we truly crave. Our nervous system gets stimulated to protect us, anticipates our needs for us and helps us thrive. The problem is this stress thing, it causes us to become out of balance by staying hypervigilant in our mind, rattling the nervous system and then we can’t allow our inner guidance to lead.
When we travel, we are also removed from our day to day to do list. This time away shifts our worries and perspectives and that is why we come back feeling renewed.
“What neuroscience is showing is that we require down time in order for our bodies to go through the process of restoration”. “Without time and opportunity to do this, the neural connections that produce feelings of calm and peacefulness become weaker, making it actually more difficult to shift into less-stressed modes.” Clinical psychologist Deborah Mulhern.
Tips to get out of survival mode and restore your nervous system.
- Shut off ALL technology for 2 hours.
- Sit in nature and DO NOTHING!
- Read a book
- Have dinner in candlelight
- Add in one cooked Vegan Meal on your most stressful days and if you are not feeling hungry. (Check out the Food Tree for more info) This Meal type can help your organs RESET and catch up on their backed up functions. My favorites Vegan Meals to recommend are:
- Veggie Curry (no rice and no meat)
- Roasted Veggies topped with Chimichurri sauce
- Good ole Veggie Soup
- DON’T PLAN anything for half a day. Give yourself space and allow your FEELINGS to lead. (my personal speciality:)
I emptied out my brain on Sunday by flowing with two beautiful friends visiting from out of town. We lived in the PRESENT moment, got some work done, went to the Meditation gardens, hot tubbing and out for Ethiopian food. It was so lovely being on vacation in a city I have spent a lot of time in and share my special places with them. I woke up on Monday SUPER clear, peaceful and renewed to get back on my computer.
Are you ready to travel and experience a different NEW Year’s Eve than ever before? It is 20/20 vision time! Join me in Southern California for the RE-New Year retreat. I LOVE traveling, living in community and creating new experiences. For this New Year I want you to come along!
We rented a super cozy house in Temecula, California and yours truly will be intuitively cooking up vegetarian meals while Jen & Ramtin of Heart Centered Revolution lead you with Kundalini yoga, meditation practices, daily gong sound baths, DOWN TIME, hot tubing, hiking and REST. If this retreat is exactly what your nervous system is craving for 2020, learn more from link and Jen & I had fun making an informational video below! : RE-New Year Retreat in 2020
2020 is a CLEAR New Year,
with abundant nourishment,
Heather Fleming, C.C.N.