Staying grounded as a digital nomad

The life of a digital nomad seems to be an endless summer. You get to travel the world and see countless beautiful sights. However, it is not all sun and cocktails. Many digital nomads miss home. They find it hard to have a routine and can be left feeling ungrounded. When you travel away from home, any problems you have still come with you, there is no escaping it. Mental health can suffer when you have no base and security, especially when you are still working full time.

There are certain things you can do to make working online more manageable. First of all, we recommend that you use a plagiarism checker, which you can find on this website. It is difficult to be writing every day – mistakes can inevitably be made. The last thing you want is to lose a client and income while you’re halfway across the world. Security in your work will help you to feel grounded.

Another tip is to keep a routine. It can be easy while you’re away to get up when you feel like it and do whatever you feel like on that day. Be disciplined with your time, and you will be more productive and feel better.

Meditation is a powerful grounding technique, best practised in the mornings. You can find specific meditations on Youtube for staying grounded. You can find tips on using meditation as a grounding technique here. If meditating is difficult for you then try some yoga. This is also a powerful tool for staying grounded and similarly, you can find lots of videos on Youtube to help you.

As with anything in life, if we stay healthy, we feel better. Get exercise and eat healthily while you travel. This can be difficult when you have no kitchen and have to eat out all the time. But where you can find a way, it will be worth it.

Another tip is to bring some small home comforts along. This could be a favourite sweater or a piece of jewellery. This helps you to keep part of your identity, so much of your identity is tied up with your home but it is important to carry some of this with you. If you have any hobbies at home try and keep doing them abroad, this may not always be possible, but you can try and find ways around it. For example, if you are creative but are unable to bring all of your supplies then think of another creative activity, you can do which you can do anywhere. Depriving yourself of your artistic or sporty nature will take its toll.

Furthermore, modern technology has made it easier than ever to stay connected to people at home. Make time to phone your friends and family, even if the time difference makes it difficult.

Being a digital nomad is not without its ups and downs, but it is entirely worth the trade-off. You will be able to keep travelling for longer and live your best life if you keep yourself feeling grounded. You will ultimately be happier and get more out of your experiences. So, stay healthy, meditate and keep being you, work hard and see the world! 

Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!