If you’ve ever travelled on a plane, to another country, or another time zone, you’ve likely experienced jet lag!
I’ve just been for a visit back home to Canada and got back to the UK this past week. When I head there, I can usually ease myself into adjusting much quicker. However coming back I always feel lethargic and constantly fighting sleep! I have a few things I like to do that make the transition a bit easier:
- I always stick to whatever time zone I’m currently in. If it’s daytime when I arrive, I stay up until nighttime and go to bed as I usually would. I never take any naps as I find this disrupts my sleeping and overall how I feel even more. Of course, trying to then get a good night’s sleep is always helpful as well!
- I don’t usually feel that hungry when I arrive somewhere so I try to stay hydrated with water and herbal tea and wait until breakfast the next day. Then I make sure to have a proper meal including something like a green smoothie with lots of veggies and nutrients and/or some eggs with avocado on the side.
- Instead of having a quick shower, I like to try and take a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils. The Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is great for your muscles (when you have been sitting in the same place for a long time) and helps you to sleep better. I choose an essential oil such as lavender, which is calming and relaxing for body and mind.
- Finally I like to do some yoga. Nothing too strenuous on the day of arriving, I keep it simple. A Sun Salutation or two, taking my time in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) stretching out my calves and legs. Viparita Karani (Legs Up Wall) is great for lightly stretching out hamstrings and for any lower back pain. Balasana (Childs Pose) is very grounding and relaxing before bed. I also personally like to add Pigeon Pose to relieve tension in the hips and thighs.
These are the main things I try to incorporate when travelling to avoid the symptoms that tend to arise from jet lag. They help to make the whole transition a bit smoother when settling into your destination!