As some of you may know, I was in Portugal last week with my family. It was an incredible trip filled with beautiful sights and even better experiences. It’s now been four days since I’ve been back, and I still feel like I am recovering from the long days, the early mornings, and the jetlag.
I thus decided to resort to what I do best — grounding. For the past few days, I have been cooped up in my apartment writing, eating homecooked meals, lighting candles, smudging sage (adios stagnant apartment energy), and getting back into yoga (ya girl is stiff af). It feels good to be home! Traveling is a gift, but it also creates a lot of instability.
Now that I’ve been back for a few days and that things are getting back to normal, I decided to share a couple of things I learned while traveling in Portugal…Enjoy!
Changes in Scenery are Rejuvenating – No surprises there! Experiencing new foods, new people, and different ways of being is one of the easiest ways to gain perspective. By taking us out of our “bubble” rather abruptly, traveling has the ability to inspire and restore our energy levels, especially if we are feeling drained or bored by our daily routines.
In my case, experiencing the bustling and colorful streets of Portugal filled me up with pure, genuine joy. Corny, yes, but there’s really no other way to put it. This is a country I had never been to before, and yet it felt so familiar. I was surprised with how quickly I fell in love with its people, its landscapes, and its energy. Being there, I felt comfortable and at peace. Now, I am looking forward to incorporating those feelings into my daily life at home.
Rest is Best – We don’t know how to relax! This was one of those trips where I ended up feeling like I needed to take a “vacation from my vacation”. Our days were chock-full of activities and outings that my parents had planned for us, which meant that most days, we were waking up early and going to bed late. It was hard to take the time to rest and relax when I was “ON” all the time, but I made finding time to rest through all of the adrenaline a priority. Finding a few minutes to meditate whether it was in the shower or during a walk was what was most feasible for me. I also made sure to eat well and stay hydrated so I could squeeze everything that I possibly could from my days there.
Always Be Grateful – Gratitude is G.O.A.T! I believe it is one of the best feelings we could possibly experience as human beings. Every day during my trip, I made sure to say a little “thank you” in my head every time we went anywhere. I’m in this beautiful country with my parents. Thank you. We just ate? Thank you. I just saw a beautiful landscape? Thank you. My flight left on time? Thank you.
The thing about gratitude is, you have to actually feel it in your body. As a little experiment, close your eyes right now and try to feel thankful — for anything, or anyone. When I do this, my body feels lighter and I feel happier.
Enjoy Where I Am at Now – This comes from feeling grateful. When you feel gratitude, you are accepting and enjoying whatever situation you find yourself in. During this trip, I aspired to stay present and to loving whatever moment I was going through. Even during the long flights, the long lines, and the “not-so-fun” aspects that traveling entails. I welcomed both the good and the bad with open arms. Never again would I be under the same circumstances, in the same place, with the same people. Whatever my current situation was, I’d never have that moment again. There is beauty in that ephemerality.
Until next time.