Self Care Tips while Travelling Solo

Perks of this week:

  • -My crazy awesome henna tattoo
  • -picking up my custom rashguard from Lo.Ve designs

I’ve only just begun this wild adventure of mine so I thought I’d write about how I am caring for my mind and body while travelling for 5 months solo. These first weeks have been awesome in Costa Rica, but even here I find myself needing to take breaks and take time to myself.

Here are a couple tips and tricks I’ve put together to help with any stress or if you just need a bit of TLC on your own solo adventure:

DIY Skincare/Haircare

I am a huge fan of natural products and skincare in general. Being in the sun all day, it’s especially important to wear sunscreen (I wear a minimum of 50 spf) and then moisturize at night. My hair is also taking a beating.

I treated my hair and skin with my DIY hair and face mask that you can make with ingredients from an grocery store:

Ingredients:

  • Half an avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Honey

Mix together to mix a paste and massage into hair and face. Cut two cucumber slices for your eyes and relax. Wait 15 minutes for your face and 30 minutes+ for your hair to let your hair reap all the moisturizing benefits. Wash out with shampoo and condition normally.

Yoga

 

I’ve been consistently doing yoga for the last few years and I believe it’s the one activity I will do for the rest of my life. I’ve been working on my lower back and hip alignment (my butt sticks out) so yoga has been a huge help with slowly fixing this. Luckily we have yoga here at School of the World (shoutout to my awesome instructors Catalina and Alexandra) and this is this first time I have done yoga every day and I see small changes happening.

Yoga reminds me that the most important things in life are a practise and you need to work at things and give yourself time to learn. Respire.

Journaling

This is my first successful mission so far at sticking with journaling but I’m enjoying it. My promise to myself was to write something everyday – even if it’s just one line. Those little things that happen every day that I would normally forget over time will be kept in this great vault that is my journal (thanks Elizabeth for the actual journal!)

Treat Yourself

My new friend Rebecka preached the wise words of the importance of treating yourself. She has been travelling for 6 months learning Spanish as well so I thought I would take her advice. Get the massage. Buy the hat. Drink the cocktail on the rooftop bar. Life is short. Enjoy it.

It’s my last week in Jaco and I’m moving into my first homestay. I’m excited to meet the family and have a more integrated way of practising my Spanish.

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