Tips for Beating Jet lag

October 03, 2014

It’s no surprise that jet lag is very uncomfortable, it’s one of the worst parts of long term travel. After being cooped up in a plane, eating average plane food and struggling to sleep, generally you get off a plane groggy and tired. Unfortunately, for the majority of us who cannot fork out for a First Class ticket, jet lag is a fact of life. There are things you can do to minimise jet lag and ensure that you arrive in your destination as fresh as possible. Here are my suggestions:


1) Book Into a Spa In Your Destination

As if we needed another excuse to visit a spa, but seriously this can make a huge difference in your recovery. There’s nothing worse than having sore muscles, being stressed and uncomfortable. There are many spas in Toronto but finding a good spa, like Elmwood Spa, is so important for your recovery. A firm massage will help with circulation, muscle ache and releasing toxins from the transit. It also gives you something to look forward to during your flight; a light at the end of the tunnel!

2) Get Some Sun

Sun light is really important for regulating your body’s natural rhythm and when you’re stuck on a plane, in artificial light, for how ever many hours your body can get really confused. As such, when you arrive in your new destination spend as much time in the sun as possible. It will help your body adjust to the new time zone and the Vitamin D will help you feel more happy and less stressed.


3) Relax

If you like meditation, why not practice some on the plane. Yes it’s more of a challenge when there are screaming children and people banging on your seats, but it is more important to quiet the mind when it is stressed. If you can, put on some calming music and zone out; even just for five minutes will help you feel a lot less stressed.

4) Exercise

As soon as you feel up to it, exercise at your new destination. Exercise helps by circulating your blood flow, getting the oxygen pumping and of course all of those addictive endorphins. It might be the last thing you feel like doing, but it will make a huge difference to your recovery. Bare in mind it can be something mild such as walking around and exploring your destination, or something a bit more intense such as exercising in the hotel’s gym or doing a few laps in a pool. Whatever it is, something is better than nothing!