Jet Lag Cures — 7 rules for just saying no to jet-lag.
Travel does not have to take all of the stuffing out of you.
There are a few basic travel-savvy jet lag cures and strategies that can keep you feeling more like a functional human and less like a depleted drone. It is all about circadian rhythms and, in my experience, a little self-trickery.
My husband for example, keeps his watch at the old time zone and checks in with himself (and me tho I try to shut him down) to see where he would have been and compare it to where he is.
I say be here now and ignore that old reality as though your life depends upon it!
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And Now for the Jet Lag Cure List:
#1. Stay Hydrated. Drink drink drink. 2 days pre-flight, during sip hot water never alcohol and less coffee which can act as a diuretic, and 2 days post. Add an Emergen-C packet to your room temp water.
#2. Pre-Set: Start to jiggle your schedule towards a sleep schedule closer to your destination in the week before travel.
#4. In-Flight Rules:
- Lots of water and no alcohol.
- Do deep breathing exercises periodically to keep the oxygen flowing. Check out this Well-Snap.
- Get up and stretch: do lunges in the aisle, side stretches, reach for the sky/reach for the toes. Alternate leg lifts. Shoulder rolls front and back. The staff and passengers will look at you oddly but ignore them!
- Self massage the arms, legs shoulders and neck to keep circulatory system active. Use a lavender scented oil on feet (cover with socks) and neck.
- Place a few drops of Nasya Oil on tip of pinky and insert into each nostril and ear canal to moisturize and keep bacteria from settling in on dried out passages.
- Use Rosewater Saline Drops as often as you like to moisten and cool the eyes.
- Spritz a Farmaesthetics facial tonic waters like rosewater on the face and neck to hydrate skin, follow with Tri-doshic Facial Oil or try the Tammy Fender Anti-Aging kit which has everything you need for travel and is super hydrating.
#5. Eat Bananas! They are packed with melatonin, seratonin and magnesium.
6#. The Elixir: Take Travel Well Elixir drops to ease exhaustion, digestive issues and constipation and other disorienting effects of schedule and food changes.
#7. Be on your new Time Zone and Move It- Move It: When you land get on your new schedule right away. Avoid that nap and stay exposed to natural sunlight. Get some exercise ( a leisurely walk, swim in the sea, gentle flow yoga keeping your gaze down ward to promote grounding) and get a massage. I take my travel yoga mat everywhere i travel because it fits easily even when all I have is carry-0n and keeps me motivated on my very own little piece of home.
Here is a gross note that means keep washing your hands in flight: A new study performed at Auburn University in conjunction with the FAA says that bacteria can stay alive and continue to be infectious for more than a week on the arm rests, seat pockets, seats and bathroom doors of commercial aircrafts. The dry air is said to contribute to their extra-long life on airplanes. Use Purell, wash with soap. My mom takes clorox wipes and air-plane seat covers with her. I guess she was right!