Do you relate to the TinMan from the Wizard of Oz?
Yeah, me too. Especially after a long car ride. I know you know what I mean if you have an autoimmune issue.
We are prepping for a 14 hour drive tomorrow (and then we’ll turn around and do it again on Sunday) And a Spoonie’s prep is a bit more involved.
Here’s how I survive the ride – and enjoy the visit once we get there:
#1 stop every 2-3 hours and stretch. Don’t just get out, pee, and get back in the car. Walk around the building a couple times, then try these two stretches:
Full-Body Stretch: Stand tall, feet slightly less than shoulder width, take a big breath in, and sweep your arms all the out to the sides, then up. On your exhale, bring arms back down to the side of your body, focusing on stretching every part of your body. Make every breath bigger and more energizing than the last. Repeat 6 times
Forward Fold Hang: Stand with feet inner-hips-width apart and knees slightly bent, gently fold your upper body over your legs. Hold for 5-6 breaths to let the whole spine release.
#2 HYDRATE. As tempting as it is to hit the coffee, opt for water instead. Staying hydrated is important to keep every single body system functioning properly – and it does wonders at keeping our joints more comfortable. I add a few drops of lime or grapefruit oil to my water as well. Tastes good and helps keep me healthy
And don’t worry about peeing. You’ve got to stop every couple of hours anyway.
#3 Pack snacks. Travel stop foods tend to be JUNK. Nuts, fruit, veggies like carrots. I love that you can get travel packs of almond butter now. Perfect with an apple. There are some green juices I enjoy too. Take the extra few minutes to prep this part. Your body will thank you. I have found Thrive Market to be amazing at offering snacks I can eat and not having to run all. over town to get them (affiliate link)
#4 Stretching doesn’t have to happen only at rest stops. Here are a couple simple yoga poses to try
Mountain Pose: Close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Sit up straight. With palms facing up, rest your hands at your sides or on your legs. Push the shoulders down and feel yourself lengthening from the crown of your head. As you exhale, tilt your head to the left to feel a stretch in your neck. Inhale, then bring your head back to center and exhale to tilt your head to the right.
Spinal Twist: Sit up straight in your seat with your feet flat on the floor and hip distance apart. Twist your upper body so that you are looking out the back window, gripping your seat with both hands to assist in holding the pose and deepen the stretch. Take 8-10 breaths. Repeat in the other direction.
Anterior Shoulder Stretch: Begin by sitting up straight with both feet flat on the floor. Lean forward slightly and grab the seat behind you, extend your arms as you continue to lean forward. Hold for 8-10 breaths.
#5 OIL. Of course I’m going to have oil recommendations. What else would I do? LOL! Seriously though, we like to diffuse citrus oils while we travel as it keeps the air clean so we aren’t sharing any crud, our spirits uplifted, and the car smell lovely. I have a few rollers that we always have handy – Deep Blue & Lemongrass for extra muscle/joint love, Balance for coping with the crazy people on the road (yes, and in the car), and Peppermint for tummy troubles, focus, brain fog, cooling, occasion headaches……it’s the multipurpose oil for sure.
Ever since I began making more natural choices, it’s gotten easier and easier to travel. A few years ago, this trip would have been out of the question for sure. I would love help you get to the point where you are doing the things you love again.