Our routine are incredibly important to us. Doing the same thing day in day out trains the body to be ready for the day, wake up on time and also get the night’s rest it deserves.
What’s more, for those who suffer from the likes of anxiety, depression and addiction, it becomes even more vital, with routines proven to ease stress and improve control. In fact, a routine is one of the key teachings from those going through drug and alcohol rehab as a way of keeping people on track while in recovery.
That can be taken into everyone’s life though, with morning routines not only aiding people who suffer with addiction, but helping everyone stay calm, focused and mentally healthy.
Of course, when it comes to travelling that can be a little more difficult.
While it can be impossible to stick to the same morning routine you have at home, with logistical things such as hotel rooms, day trips and various other travelling aspects, putting a spanner in those works, doing as much as your morning routine, or indeed finding a temporary routine can still be very helpful.
But how exactly can you stick to your routine, or get as close to it as you can?
Firstly, when you’re planning your trip, try and schedule things like flight times to fit in with your morning schedule. Passing through security and the like can be a stressful period, and having ran through your morning routine prior to it can be really useful in reducing stress.
It’s important to be well rested for travel days, while when you arrive, whether it be holidaying or on business, plan your activities around times where you would normally be going through your morning routine.
Try and get a hotel room that is suited to your routine
Choosing the right accommodation is also important and there are many factors to consider when figuring out where to stay. Naturally, budget may be the biggest influence on where you stay, but consider your routine and how that fits into where you stay.
For example, if you practise yoga for half an hour each morning, you’re going to need a room with space to do that. If you have the same breakfast and it requires cooking, then perhaps you may want to consider an apartment or AirBnb rather than a hotel room. Think about what you need from your room to undertake your routine, and the best type of accommodation to achieve that.
Embrace your new environment too
That said, you should also embrace the new environment you’re in. After all, that’s likely why you have travelled there.
For example, if you would normally go for a run in the morning, you may have a swimming pool that you can make the most of, and that’s a perfect switch. Equally, there may be breakfast ingredients that you just don’t get at home, which may be worth switching up.
Minor tweaks can also be beneficial, refreshing your routine for a period, while not completely overhauling, and even make it feel like a bit more of a holiday.