How to overcome jet lag and maintain your energy

If you are travelling internationally, perhaps for work, and you know you need to perform when you are in different time zones, then the best approach is preparation.

But even if you don’t have time to do much preparing, then let’s talk about how can you still maintain your energy and function well.

The key is really getting to know how your body functions throughout your whole 24 hours.


When you have got the hang of managing your sleep and energy in your normal time zone, then managing sleep and energy while travelling becomes a lot easier too.


Support yourself

I know so many professionals who do struggle with jetlag; either when landing in a new time zone, or when they return home. This is most common with people who don’t have the time to enjoy a rest and readjust after travel, and who go straight back to work the next day.

A little preparation, even if you don’t have much time, can go a long way in supporting your body as it adjusts. A couple of years ago I went on a big, multi-leg trip over 3 weeks, going from the UK to the US, then Hawaii, then back home via Canada. This really gave me a chance to put a lot of what I teach into practice.

As I said above, when you already know how your body works best within a 24hour period, then you will know better how to support yourself while travelling.


Create more energy during the day

If we accept that your sleep will be a little disturbed realistically, then instead let’s focus on supporting your body to create extra energy that can sustain you during the day.

A key thing here is to take a really honest look at your eating and drinking habits.

Planning smaller meals into your day keeps you topped up without a big, heavy meal putting undue stress on your body. Of course, don’t eat too late at night, or that will negatively affect your sleep.


Be mentally ready

When I took my big trip a couple of years back, a lot of what helped me to cope was being mentally prepared.

So when I look at mental preparation, I’m talking about being ready for those potential mental stressors. From flight delays and taking public transport from the airport to your destination, to trouble with finding food you like in a different country.

Be prepared for those little stressors by having your plans in place, and your brain and body will cope much better with the adjustment.

These are just a few top tips, but of course, jet lag is a big topic. So if you have any questions do leave a comment below.

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