These are 8 simple – and obvious- tips for recovering from a 10 hour journey. Keep this list close for your next big trip.
Traveling can be both exciting and exhausting, especially if you’ve been on a long flight or road trip. These 8 simple tips will ensure you have the best possible holiday and recover fast.
- Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause fatigue, so drink plenty of water during and after your travel. Consider coconut water or rehydration sachets during and after a long day travelling as these can really support the body.
- Get some rest: Try to get some sleep, even if it’s just a short nap during and after travel to help your body and mind rest and recover.
- Try and Fast: Fasting can give the body a much needed break, and eating whilst flying or sitting for long periods can tire out the body and make it easier for the body to gain weight. If you do eat, eat clean, healthy nutritious food as much as you can,. Japanese food, soups, and fresh stir fries or salads are optimal choices. Don’t rely on fast food, or vending machine snacks and do not drink sweet soft drinks . Clean food will replenish your energy levels and keep you feel alert.
- See The Light: Light on the retina of our eyes can re-set sleep patterns and do our bodies a lot of good. Just listen to the Hubermann podcast for more, but the key is to get outside in natural light without sunglasses every chance you get to help your body adjust to a new time zone and to recover from long travel.
- Exercise: Any light physical activity, such as a short walk or stretch, can help alleviate muscle stiffness and jetlag.Do not be afraid to walk around the aircraft or to do stretches at airports, train or bus stations. If driving, pull over regularly and walk around. As soon as you arrive at your destination, get moving.
- Take a warm shower: A warm shower half way through your long journey and when you arrive can help relax your muscles and refresh your body and mind.
- Adjust your sleep schedule: If you’ve traveled across time zones, it can take a few days to fully adjust to the local time. There is a great app called Timeshifter which can help enormously. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time as soon as possible when you arrive each day to help your body adapt.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol: These substances can disrupt your sleep and make it harder for you to recover from your journey.However they can also help depending on what time you arrive at your destination and how you are feeling. Conscious use of both is the key here.
By following these tips, you can help your body and mind recover from a long journey and feel refreshed and ready to tackle your next adventure.