Long flights are an absolute agony for some people, especially those afraid of traveling by plane. Staying locked in the same space for hours on end, along with dozens of other people, knowing that you do not have a chance to go out, certainly creates a state of discomfort. The situation could be slightly different if you have a business class or first-class ticket.
And if you change the time zone and the famous jet lag already appears, it's clear that it's not a good start to your journey. We've already talked about the tricks that help you eliminate the fear of flying. But now, we will deal with some tips & tricks meant to help you when you reach the ground and, inevitably, you face fatigue, numbness, and irritability. Are you ready?
1. Get some rest before you fly.
If you are not the type who can sleep anywhere, then it is best to rest seriously before setting off. Try to pack your bags ahead of time and have that head-to-toe night of sleep, completely silent and dark. It won't completely solve the problem of jet lag, but at least you won't get on the road already tired, as is usually the case. So the first tip for quick recovery after a long flight is prevention: sleep, sleep and sleep again!
2. Avoid getting to your destination at night.
If possible, opt for a scheduled flight so the landing is made on the light. First, sunlight helps you adjust your biological clock, so you will have more energy if you arrive, and you will feel that you have a new day ahead, only good to explore and embark on new adventures.
3. Self-care in the plane.
We all know the effects of a long flight, effects that can be seen both outside and inside. Dehydration, dry skin, the list goes on. That's why you need to take care of yourself while on board, especially if it's a flight over the ocean that lasts at least eight hours. "Arm yourself" with moisturizing sheet masks, moisturizer, antibacterial gel, wipes, drink water, tea (preferably chamomile or lavender tea, avoid the black tea), and tomato juice to keep your body at the average level. And don't forget to eat, but try not to overdo it, because it's not a good idea to feel too full during a flight.
4. Avoid coffee and alcohol.
Both alcohol and coffee dehydrate and eventually give you a feeling of discomfort after that temporary energy boost. It could even hurt you and increase your jet lag. Replace them with fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a day or two.
5. Exercise as much as possible.
Yes, the plane is not exactly an environment conducive to movement. But it helps a lot to get up from time to time, take a few steps, and get your circulation up and running. Not even stretching would hurt. You will recover more quickly after a long flight if you stay active, and the exercises will also help you rest better once you reach your destination - because jet lag primarily affects sleep quality.