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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 September 20, 2018

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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