Jamie Bartosch / Suburban TravelingMom

Jamie Bartosch / Suburban TravelingMom

Have you ever come back from a vacation completely worn out? Does the thought of going to an amusement park or a crowded resort cause you to unknowingly sigh?

The hustle and bustle of travel itineraries can take a toll on your emotional health. Common travel stimuli like crowded pools and festive music can trigger a “fight or flight” response in the emotional part of the brain, which causes the rest of your body to speed up in function.

Rather than a relaxing day at the beach you end up with muscle tension and over stimulated senses…all signs of stress. Finding a quite place to rejuvenate can be the key to travel wellness.

They say, “Silence is golden.” Silence offers a number of benefits to help you during the havoc of travel. Silence allows you to solve problems. It gives you a clear mind for your intuitive self to think. When you sit in silence there are no external stimuli that challenge your body.  Your body feels safe and secure.  Therefore, the mind relaxes. The Mayo Clinic suggests that just 15 minutes a day of silence can help keep your stress level down and keep your body and mind healthy.

Think you do not have 15 minutes for silence? Before falling into bed at night after a long day of sightseeing and souvenir shopping, find a chair and sit in silence for five to seven minutes.  Take a few deep cleansing breaths to put the stimulation of the day behind you. When you wake up in the morning, go back to that same chair for another five to seven minutes to prepare your mind and body for the day ahead.

You will be amazed at the natural sedative effects of silence. Taking a few minutes to calibrate your mind and body each day can make for a more restful and less stressful travel experience. So, find a space. Sit in silence and remember to love your fabulous traveling self!