{ TRAVEL }: My 8 tips for CRUSHING Jet Lag!

Well, talk about a whirlwind week.

Erik & I are back from Europe. Always bittersweet to come home! I do love coming home to my cat & the golden gate bridge, but man, I fell in LOVE with Paris.

In major love. Like, it’s my favourite place I’ve been. I’ll do full blown post in the next week or so after I wrap my head around it. But it was more than everything I could of imagined. I am missing it in a major way and already planning a full blown French vacation for much longer this year or next.

However, today I wanted to talk JET LAG!

When we went to Australia at the end of 2015, I had the worst jet lag of my life – mentioned here. Literally, my mind and body were in different places and it took about 2 weeks to fully overcome. Bru-tal. Ever since then, I promised myself NEVER AGAIN.

I’ve traveled quite often at this point and have found my ways toheal after a long flight and different time zones

Here are my tips to overcome jetlag!

ONE }: Put yourself in the timezone of the destination the second you board the plane. 

This is probably the most important tip. When we boarded our plane to San Franciso from Paris yesterday at ~9:00am, it was midnight in San Francisco. It was about a 10 hour flight, so Erik and I both fell asleep within one hour of taking off. By the time we woke up, it was 8:00a PT! Despite being on a plane, we felt rested enough and on track for coming home.

The worst thing I could of done yesterday was take a nap. I was still tired, but I stayed up until bedtime and got a good night’s sleep. Come Monday (today), it feels as if I haven’t traveled at all! Sometimes this might mean falling asleep {for the night!} at 4:00p, depending on the route.

This might also mean skipping a meal. It’s okay and trust me, when you’re going somewhere like Paris, it’s MUCH better to eat at the destination than on the plane. 😉 Plan around it before your flight. Grab a quick bite at the airport or bring some snacks on the plane to stay satiated. Erik & I always get nigiri + miso soup from Tomokazu at SFO before any international travel – it’s our fave pre-flight tradition! If you’re in the international terminal in SF, def go there, we love it.

TWO }: LOTS of water both on the plane and when you get home.

Planes are sooooo dehydrating. I try to drink as many bottles of water as I can on the plane. For every alcoholic drink I have, I have to have twice as much as water.

On top of it all, the food on the plane is chock full of sodium, which adds to the dehydration. For this reason, I also like to put on a sheet mask for the last 20-60 minutes of flying {generally when they announce the descent}… btw, Erik thinks I’m so ridiculous for doing this, but it makes a difference!

When you get home, chug water like it’s your job.

If you’re sick of water, drink some peppermint tea (soothing, good for your stomach & hydrating) or ginger tea (awesome for anti-inflammatory and bloat).

If you really want your body to thank you, make my Detox water before you leave to take care of future you. 😉

THREE }: Don’t push it!

Although I wasn’t really jetlagged, I still wasn’t at 100% to hit the ground running. We got home, picked up some sandwiches to go {Caprese with Proscuitto for me, please!} & then worked on the computer. I caught up with my FTJ and other blogs… from bed at a leisurely snail’s pace.

I also read some books, hung out with Lucy, & just screwed around online with social media. I knew I had to hit the ground running on Monday, so I wanted to take a rest day. I also did not work out. Listen to your body 😉

FOUR }: MAKE THIS SOUP!

Okay so, this lentil soup saved my LIFE when I came back from Melbourne. Literally, it was my saving grace to feeling like a human again. It takes literally 10 minutes to prepare & so incredibly soothing.

Lentils are BOMB. They are anti-inflammatory, incredibly filling, & full of nutrients, protein, and fiber.

In fact, I’m making it tonight! 😉

+++ Recipe HERE

{ lentil and kale soup // champagne at shannon's }

FIVE }: SSSSTTTTRRREEEETTTTCCCCHHHH

Take 20 minutes out when you get to your destination to stretch it out! Even if I have a seat that reclines flat into a bed, I still feel cramped and sore when I get back.

I like to do the butterfly stretch for my hip flexors, cobra, touch my toes standing & sitting. Trust me, you will feel amazing afterwards.

SIX }: Relax in a bath!

Okay so I love my baths. I wrote about my Aphrodisiac bath here which is great to relax the mood. As I’ve done my girl Courtney’s Bombshell Angel plan, one thing she really reiterates on is self-care. It is so good for the mind & body.

My general recipe for baths go: water + salt + milk / oil / clay + essential oils.

Speaking of essential oils….

SEVEN }: Fill your place with oils!

Essential oils are the best. They really help to create a spa-like ambiance at home during stressful times. They help keep the mind and body calm. Some of my favourites to really set the mood at home is a blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, & lavender.

You can use them in an oil diffuser, in the bath above, mixed with a little hemp oil on pulse points, reed diffusers, or candles. Literally, the options are endless!

EIGHT }: You know I had to, right? MMJ.

Okay, so we have lifted the pot curtain a few posts ago so let’s keep going there because I LOVE it. I’m not talking just straight up cannabis, but CBD. First things first, I strongly believe 2017 will be the year of CBD (Cannabidiol). For starters, it’s not psychoactive, so no worries about getting high. It will also eliminate anxiety {!!!!} + promotes sleep and healing.

You can find it in chocolates {I like these from Kiva – sooo good}, oil, tablets. However, my favourite?? These mints! SO GOOD. omg I am obsessed. These ginger ones are also on my “to buy” list. I like to take CBD right as I board the plane or an hour before bed. Much better than Xanny or Valium & far more natural, . Heads up, it’s not cheap, but that’s because it literally is liquid gold. Worth every cent. Trust me.

Looking to add a little THC to your cloud? Go with a relaxing Indica. Indica really will give your body a physical high, promotes sleep, and relieves muscle pain / soreness. I like to microdose indo with my PAX {I have this one in blue} to get the effects without overdoing it since it is psychoactive. Obvs, you can’t do this on the plane – if you want an in-flight lift, go with edibles or capsules – puffing would be for when you are home. 🙂

Some of my favourite Indica strains are: Granddaddy Purple {bomb for anxiety & stress}, Bubba Kush {GREAT for headaches / Migraines}, Berry White {love this if I am watching a movie before bed} & Blueberry {love it for back & muscle pain}.

+++ I’ll do a full blown CBD post very soon, as well as Indica / Sativa & which strains are best for what. LMK anything else cannabis you want to see. 

Well, that’s all I got for today!

Now, I wanna know… what are your tips for beating jet lag? It affects people in so many different ways, so I always love knowing other ways to kick it. Currently sipping on a lemon / ginger / green tea blend I made.

I’ll be announcing the cookbook club and details on Wednesday! Any cookbooks you want to see? Anything you want to get from it? Let me know. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

bisous,
Shannon

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  • Comments ( 22 )

  • Jennifer Kinal

    Such great tips!! I completely agree with putting yourself on your destination schedule as soon as you get on the plane! It can really through you off so this helped me a lot when we travelled to Europe.

    • Oh I know! Nothing worse than landing somewhere ready for dinner only for it to be 7:00a – HA! Do you have any other tips?? LMK! Thanks so much for reading, babe! x Shannon

  • Kelly

    These tips are so great! I definitely always try to stay hydrated on flights too and to help keep my skin from appearing jet lagged, I always apply a super hydrating mask before I take a nap on the plane! 🙂
    XO Kelly | KaptivatingThoughts.com

    • YES! So glad to have another mask-wearer on the plane. Erik thinks I’m so ridiculous when I bust it out but it makes all the difference. What masks do you like?? x Shannon

  • Cass

    YES. I will be traveling to Europe in March, I will definately be referring back to this the week before I leave. Thank you for the tips!

    • You are so welcome!! I hope they help you, Cass, thank you so much for reading! Where are you going?! x Shannon

  • These are amazing tips, I especially love the one about stretching. I think doing some yoga poses would be great, especially after sitting for so long. I haven’t traveled in a bit, but looking forward to some travels in 2017 🙂

    xoxo Emily
    https://www.ditchtheheels.com

    • Oh absolutely! Erik likes to make fun of me and “passanger shame” me because I’ve def done some yoga in the hidden galleys on the plane lol those long flights can be brutal! Can’t wait to follow along where you go 😉 Thanks for reading, Emily! x Shannon

  • Awesome girl. As a serious traveler myself I’m always hunting for new tips and techniques. My bf just came back from a serious journey – Australia first, then he went to Japan and then home to Nash. He was out for a full week. Whew! Thanks for sharing! xoxo!

    • Oh my goodness, I was exhausted reading that but his journey sounds AMAZING. Japan is another favourite place of mine. In fact, I’m dying to get to Nashville. Let me know what tips worked for him! Def give the time zone one a go, it makes a huge difference! x Shannon

  • Jennifer Ostroski

    I’ve started traveling a ton for work, I love the idea of getting into the time zone the second you board the plane. Plus that soup looks amazing!

    • The time zone tip helps the most, seriously, it makes all the difference!! omg seriously, the soup is a game changer!! I know it sounds so funny but it saved my life about a year ago and soooo easy. If you make it lmk! x Shannon

  • aida zhan

    Wow this is awesome,girl! I used to travel to Central Asia during my college days since I was an international student. And I really wish I knew all these tips!

    • Thank you so much, Aida!! RIGHT?! I feel like it takes lots of trial and error to find tips that work. Your college experience sounds amazing though!! x Shannon

  • These are some great tips for kicking jet lag! I always get it so bad when i travel between Canada and The UK.

    Ellie
    http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

    • Thank you, Ellie! It can be so pesky. If you have any tips (or fave places in Canada / UK), let me know! x

  • Lauren Knippel

    Great tips. That soup looks amazing too! I’m definitely going to make that soon.

    • Thanks, Lauren!! The soup is seriously my favourite – so nourishing. If you give it a go, lmk I wanna see! : ) x S

  • Great tips, Shannon! You’ve got me very curious about CBD now – I’m an anxious flier but I’ve never actually medicated for it. I’ve got my own jet-lag-banishing recipe down to a science now: 1) drink TONS of water en route (I always carry on a refillable Nalgene bottle), 2) avoid eating on the plane at all costs (your body can’t digest food efficiently at 30,000 feet), 3) don’t fall asleep at your destination until the sun has set, and 4) go for a run/get some exercise first thing in the morning when you wake up. When I did a round-the-world trip last year I had almost no jet lag. 🙂

    • I think it is right up your alley, Kate! It’s an all natural way to kick anxiety to the curb. I sleep so much better on it. It doesn’t knock me out like Valerian Root or Melatonin (can’t do either anymore, makes me far too groggy), if anything, it soothes the mind if that makes sense.

      I had no idea about digesting 30k feet! That makes a lot of sense, I feel so fluffy after flying from eating on the plane – the ice cream cart gets me every time!! I do like the idea of getting a run in when you first wake up, not to mention it’s a great way to explore! Thank you so much for sharing these, these are great!!! Let’s catch up soon! x

  • Heather Zuleger

    I find it’s always hardest for me to start adjusting to the time zone ahead of time, yet so important! Loving all these tips and that soup looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed Paris, it’s truly magical! Welcome home!
    xo,
    Heather
    playingdressupallday.com

    • Thanks Heather! It is good to be back, but man I miss it something fierce. It is tough adjusting to the time zonebut even worse to miss a day somewhere fab (BEEN THERE too many times lol) due to sleep lol if you make the soup, let me know! It’s so easy but SO GOOD. Cheers babe!! xx Shannon

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