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I guess you could argue the point that an entire cruise can be considered an act of self care. For me, it is the planning process. I can live inside my head for a little while.
However, cruising can also be exhausting. Not only for us introverts (where my peeps at?), but anyone traveling with loved ones, children, or in a similar line of work like retail.
It’s not a bad thing to take time for your self, even when on vacation. Below I discuss some free and not so free options for you to think about self care.
Try something new in library
The library on ship will usually be a quiet place for you to have a moment of piece. There are books for you to borrow. You may enjoy just reading the back of a few books to see what is there.
Watch the sunrise
This is where C and I differ. I do not mind getting up early to experience this renewing event. I cannot repeat what C said the one time I asked him. C is clearly allergic to morning, so getting up to watch one start is not on his list of fun.
I, on the other hand, experienced this a few times on cruises. It is a quiet experience, since you will be one of few people awake. You will hear crew getting ready for the day and maybe an ambitious runner doing laps.
Go to a meal without the people you are traveling with
Or maybe a snack. It’s OK to eat by yourself! Grab a pizza and enjoy by a window. This may sound scary to some, but look around and you will realize you are in good company.
This one may sound silly, but pineapple is good for your digestion. With everything you may be eating (24/7 ice cream?!), give your stomach some self care.
Take a lesson on something you may never do again
Wanna learn how to make a new drink? Fold towels? Take yoga on a moving ship? (we’ve done this! See my balance post to get a glimpse on how that went…)
This one is two-fold. It cost money, for one. Secondly, it can be an unrelaxing experience for some who are anxious about the sales pitch. Just remember, it is OK to say no. Actually, think about it as an exercise in saying no.
If they do pressure you into buying something, just return it the next day. Relax and enjoy your spa experience.
Do you make sure to get some ‘me time’ on a cruise?
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