Travel is fun. Jet Lag is not. It will make you feel like you took a journey into outer space and then take a good few days to start feeling like a human again. Unfortunately this nasty feeling comes along with most long haul flights but not to worry we have some tips to keep you feeling fresh so that when you do make it to the other end recovery time is cut in half!
On the plane… ✈️
TIP: Drink plenty of water!
Dehydration levels work their way up pretty rapidly when you get sky high so make sure you have some water on you for majority of the flight. A tip within a tip...stay away from alcohol. It doesn’t do good things for your body and you will feel a thousand hangovers at once when you touch down.
TIP: Sleep when you can
There are many theories about sleeping on the plane when it is supposed to be nighttime in your destination so you can get in tune with the new time zone. After investigating and asking the pros of sky travel a.k.a. Flight Attendants the best choice is to just sleep as much as you can when you can.
TIP: Location, Location
The age old decision of whether you want the window seat to lean against or the aisle to get up and stretch when you please (because let’s be honest no one ever really wants the middle seat when flying). Studies have shown that picking a window seat can actually be better for you because you have a visual of the skyline, this reduces the chance of motion sickness and a quicker recovery from jet lag!
TIP: Flex it
Walk, stretch and invest in some compression socks. If your circulation is good you will be too!
When you are on solid ground again…
TIP: Sleep at the right times
Even if that means slapping yourself in the face to keep your eyes open until the sun goes down. You have to push through and do it! This will get you back in sync in 2-3 days rather than an entire week. You can even consult an online jet lag calculator which will tell you when you need to be awake or snoozing. It's normally a day recovery per time zone crossed.
TIP: Get into Routine
If that means having breakfast when back home you should be fast asleep and you aren't hungry you still need to just eat the food. Go for a morning walk to wake up and get your body functioning. Your body is smart and will fall into routine pretty quickly.
TIP: Eat well
This means greens and fruits. Ditch the oily foods even for a couple of days and get some nutrients to help make you feel fresh again. This again means staying nice and hydrated!
TIP: Do exciting things
The most obvious tip of them all! Distraction. Go get out and explore even on 20% battery life you will be so excited seeing so many new things that it will take your mind off the time zone change you have just made. Keep your mind on something way better!
The truth is jet lag is not going to be the most favourite moment in your life but just remember that if you're on a plane for that long you must be heading somewhere that is worth the lengthy journey! Look forward to it and hopefully the jet lag will wear off soon enough so you can forget all about it and do it all over again down the track.
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