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Effectively Prevent Jet Lag in 7 Easy Steps

Effectively Prevent Jet Lag in 7 Easy Steps

Traveling is something everyone loves in theory and wants to do, but in practice it takes a toll on your body. The time zone changes alone can be difficult if you’re not prepared. If you’re a road warrior, you’ve likely experienced certain unpleasantries, such as fatigue, insomnia and diarrhea. Fortunately, you can prevent jet lag as long as you follow certain steps.

1. Eat Smart

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    It may not seem like much, but even a three-hour shift in eating patterns can wreak havoc on your body. When you begin travelling, start snacking. The small, light meals will help you shift your body toward the new eating regimen. It’s also important to eat a lot of protein at breakfast once you arrive at your destination. The essential energy provided by a protein-rich meal will get you past those walls that come with jet lag.

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    2. Get into the Time Zone

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      Start living as though you’re already at your destination, even during travel. Set your clocks to the new zone, and sleep on the schedule you would be once you arrive. This will get you in a renewed state of mind and body to match your new time zone. At the very least, you’ll kill two birds with one stone by combining your jet lagged time with your travel time.

      3. Step into the Light

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        Daylight energizes and recharges us. When you arrive at your destination, go out and get some sunlight. The warmth of the sun’s rays provides vitamins you need to get going. The fresh air and exercise will do you some good as well. It’s not necessary to go outside and build a barn like you’re Amish – a simple cat nap by the pool is plenty enough.

        4. Sleep More

        While it’s unhealthy to change too much in your sleep patterns, don’t be afraid to sleep in a couple hours during your first day or two in a new place. Even an extra 15-minute nap goes a long way in keeping you going on the road. If you’re driving, sleep is especially important, as you’re in control of a huge vehicle. You may not realize how tired you are, but sitting behind the wheel for a two-day road trip can be draining.

        5. Stay Hydrated

        You always need to drink water – a lot of it. It’s easy to remember to stay hydrated when you’re hot, but dehydration is even more dangerous in the cold. You can dry out in high altitudes (including while in flight) as well. Staying well hydrated is the key to staying alive. Our bodies are almost entirely water, and drinking water is the most essential thing you’ll do all day.

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        6. Exercise

        Stretches, yoga, and exercise reinvigorate your mind, body, and spirit. When you land in your new time zone, you’ll want to get out and exercise. Stretches can be completed on the plane or in the car as well. If at all possible walk up and down the aisle every so often or, if you’re driving, stop every so often to jog in place and get some exercise in.

        7. Medicate

        When all else fails, medicate. There are pills to help you sleep, relieve anxiety, and help with motion sickness while travelling. In addition, once you reach your destination, you can take vitamins and other pills to energize and feel more rested. Above all else, in some states, you can even enjoy certain herbal relaxation methods.

        Traveling the world is something everyone should do. There’s only so much you can read or see in Hollywood. In order to truly experience life, you need to get out there and experience it with boots on ground zero. When you do travel, jet lag is a real concern. Fight it with these careful steps, and you’ll be ok.

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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