One of my biggest concerns is how to stay healthy on the road. I am not starting off as the healthiest person around, so I need to take some precautions.
- Essential Oils: I am an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, and as a result of learning everything I can over the last two years about the benefits of using Young Living Essential Oils, I have seen my overall health improve greatly. My devotion to learning about safe and proper use of essential oils has only enhanced my primary objective of maintaining a simple health regimen using oils to help promote a more balanced lifestyle. The many lifestyle changes I am making have helped me to decrease dependency on other health control methods which I had been utilizing prior to delving into the exciting world of essential oils. I will be taking my entire arsenal of oils along on this trip to keep me healthy. Oils which may help to protect me from the rigors of long distance travel. These oils should enable me to manage many travel related health issues I may encounter such as stomach discomfort, ease restlessness, will help me remain calm in tense driving situations, maintain lower stress levels, and help me take care of many other wellness issues that may crop up. I love my Essential Oils and I know that using them along with a more well balanced diet that I have a much better chance at having some wonderful experiences and ultimately a more successful trip.
- Water: I plan to always have water available in the car with me. Another component of my increased health is I have traded sodas for water. I never would have thought that would have happened in my life time, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Staying hydrated is extremely important for organ function, mental clarity and detoxing.
- Sleep: Sleep is going to be a very important part of this trip. I will try to plan the same get up and sleep times during the day. I have never slept in my car for such long periods of time. I need to assume that there will be some adjustments necessary. I will be doing a few “dry runs” which to me are mini trips in order to help me sort of get used to the idea. This is going to be very interesting.
- Exercise: With so many hours of sitting and driving, I am going to need to stop and move around a few times during the day. I plan on practicing Tai Chi in the mornings and taking a walk at night. But there needs to be more during the day. I Hope to find interesting things to stop and see on my sojourn so that I may break occasionally and just stop for a while and move around to stretch and keep my joints and muscles limber.
- Eating Properly: My original plan was to eat MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for lunch and spend $5 or less a day on dinner. I really do not want to spend a lot of money on food. I have started having some issues related to gluten and if that continues that will change my meal planning completely. I have some more research to do concerning this and will post an update when I know more.
- Personal Hygiene: This will be a little tricky the nights I stay in my car. I am only planning on staying in a motel one night a week. I have to shower more than that, so I need to come up with an alternative. I can wash my hair and brush my teeth with bottled water, so that does not concern me as much. Obviously this needs more work also, but at least I am thinking about it.
- Sanity: I am going to try to be as low tech as possible on this trip, but I hope I can Skype several times a week back to home base where my support team can relay items onto this blog. I am going to miss him very much since we have been married almost 25 years, so being away from him will be difficult, but I do think if we can see each other for a few minutes a day, it will be very helpful. Part of this trip is to teach me to downsize in preparation to try and live in a Tiny Home someday soon, but I will still be taking a thing or two which hold significant meaning to me. A couple small comforts from home should go a long way in keeping me sane.
It looks like I have some work to do yet, but having a general outline is essential to making this trip a success. The last thing I want to do is not feel good many miles from home and all alone. I need to make this a priority. Luckily, I have lots of people praying for my safety and that gives me great comfort!!
Thank you for your time!!