One of the perks of modern life is it no longer takes months to travel from one country to another. But one of the problems of modern life is it no longer takes months to travel! Every time you cross a time zone, especially if you’re flying east, your body gets further and further out of touch with its circadian rhythms.
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from the classic jet lag signs—
- poor immune function
- reduced concentration
you need to reset your body clock so you can make the most of your destination.
You’ve heard the conventional advice about flying—stay hydrated, wear comfortable clothes, don’t take sleeping aids unless you already know how you react to them, turn off electronics an hour before sleep, avoid alcohol and caffeine.
But that’s not always enough. Whether you’re going to where the beaches are beautiful and the sun is warm or you’re heading to an important meeting across the globe, here are some tips for showing up as fresh and lively as possible.
Give yourself a “horary point” massage. When you get on the plane, find the current time at your destination. Using the tip of a pen, rub 5 short strokes 5-6 times per point, every two hours of flight. Your body clock changes meridians every 2 hours. Rubbing these points helps your body reset its circadian rhythms. If you sleep though some of the changes, don’t worry—just resume at the current time of your destination.
Tea tree oil and eucalyptus combat germs—especially useful if there are a lot of people coughing or sneezing on the plane. If your ankles swell, massage them with a little grapefruit or geranium in a carrier oil. Add a drop of lemon essential oil to your water to help stay hydrated. To deal with stress and anxiety, use lavender or geranium on your temples. When you’re about to land and need a boost, bergamot is energizing. Of course, none of these products should be used if you have sensitivities or allergies to them.
When you land in your new time zone, get a treatment to help combat the stress of the flight, boost your immune system (airplanes are notoriously germy) and re-energize. Ask your practitioner to strengthen your Spleen and Stomach meridians. They represent the body’s earth element. Not only will that aid your digestion (which often gets upset during travel), it will help ground you for the adventures ahead.