I just got back from 8 days in Hawaii, and WOW have I struggled with my post-flight jet lag! Adjusting to the time difference back home is always harder for me. Finding a routine while beating the post-vacation blues, whether you experience jet lag or not, can always be challenging.
When you are readjusting to life post-vacation it feels like you can never catch up. While the time difference or travel time is the same in both directions, once at home you are missing that new city adventure adrenaline to keep you going.
I have experimented with a few things over the years and I have come up with some helpful tips I want to share with you to get back on track.
Here are some tips to beat that post-trip hangover feeling
Prepare Before You Leave
My number 1 non-negotiable tip-Allow an extra day in between returning to work or school so you can go to the market, rest, do laundry, unpack and prepare for the week to come.
Make sure your house is tidy, all your trash and perishable goods are out of the house. Write out easy meals for the first day or two when you are back so you don't have to think.
The less thinking the better!
Once You Are Back
Set an alarm and stick to it, if you have traveled to a different time zone allow yourself an extra hour of sleep before and after your usual bedtime to catch up. But don’t overdo it.
Go for a long walk outside for a few days until you are ready to resume your regular activity level, the more you can get outside for fresh air and sunshine, the faster you will adjust. It is proven the sun naturally corrects your circadian rhythm.
As much as you want to get back into the groove, be easy with yourself. Don’t commit to any social plans or activities. If your kids need to miss a baseball game that’s ok!
Avoid extra screen time, especially for kids, enforce mealtimes and bedtimes to get them, and you, back on track swiftly.
Drink Water, more than you think you need
Say no to alcohol and sugar
Drink caffeine in the morning only
Try Liquid IV, or something similar
Grounding, put your feet on the grass
Limit your social obligations
Do everything you can to get back on schedule no matter how sad you are to be home!
Plan For The Future
Nothing gives you energy like knowing you have another adventure to look forward to!