I took a trip to Sweden and used it as an excuse to really examine my jet lag strategies.
In short: proper preparation in-flight and beyond.
Even on a long trip,
to a far away place,
where there was little sunshine to help re-set circadian rhythms… This photo is 4pm. local and a balmy -2c.
Here are 3 basic strategies that worked a charm:
1. Keep the Rhythms: digestion (I would do anything from sipping lots of hot water during the trip and all day, to tonifying Tripahla elixir to stewed prunes to “smooth move” tea not get constipated!!), sleep, eat as normally and regularly as possible, do your daily practices first thing in morning.
2. Regulate with herbal basics — in this case one tablet & two liquid extracts:
Triphala liquid extract & I travel Well liquid extract morning on waking and pre-bed.
Melatonin tabs one hour prior to bedtime 3 days before departure, during new time zone and 3 days upon return. This is a naturally occurring substance which regulates sleep patterns — give it some help.
3. YMBM (Yoga, Meditation, alternate nostril Breathing & Massage)
Yoga: keep it simple with 3 rounds of salutations, easy seated twists to stimulate digestion, legs up the wall for a classic restorative boost and half-bridge or bridge for energy!
Meditation: best if you have a practice in place. Even if you do not. Sit and take stock, watch your breath, check in with how you are feeling. Just sit a few minutes.
Breathing: nothing helps balance and regulate quite like a dozen rounds of alternate nostril breathing. Also a good trick for anxiety over travel from turbulence on the plane, to pre-bedtime relaxation.
Massage: a good old fashioned swedish massage first day off plane is great. But if you cannot get that then make sure to brush the skin and self massage some grounding oil. I love lavender oil on the road and Tammy Fender ‘s travel kit has a beautiful one along with other organic skin-saving treats.