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Jet Lag Prevention Techniques
The best thing to do in fighting any condition is to prevent it.
Jet lag's effects can be minimized, so prevention in this case is about reducing the symptoms as much as possible.
I've never known anyone who wasn't at least a little bit affected by jet lag, regardless of how they tried coping with it.
But, if you take a few preventive steps prior to departure, you will adjust a lot faster and smoother after arriving at your destination.
After arrival, you will have to try the coping techniques, but now let's see how prevention can be done.
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#1 Gain strength with regular exercise
Running/jogging or - if you normally practice sports, then please do pay more attention to - as physical exercise is one of the best ways to prevent strong jet lag-induced exhaustion.
Obviously, it's primarily about having an optimal blood-flow, but it also refreshes the mind and you will be more resistant at psychological stress.
#2 Sleep more than enough before traveling
Make sure that you go to bed early enough, perhaps much earlier than normally. Try to adjust your organism to the new time zone prior to departing. Even if you can adjust by 2-3 hours, it can help you.
Of course, in many cases you will need to adapt to a difference of as 7-9 hours. This can "shake" your organism tremendously.
#3 Consume a high amount of fruits and raw vegetables
First of all, for the sake of vitamins, but also for adequate hydration.
This will help you cope better with the stress your organism will have to go through when adjusting.
#4 Partially adjust your lifestyle to your destination's time zone
Try this before departing.
You can't adjust 7-8 hours, but you can adjust 1-2, perhaps 3. Even this will help you cope better when you're away.
What you have to adjust the times of eating, sleeping and getting up from bed.
#5 Spend time in green areas
Jog in green parks or just spend time there, even if you're just sitting on the bench. Breathing in a large amount of oxygen can help build up strength.
Also: the colour green has a positive effect psychologically.
#6 Avoid exhausting yourself, take more rest
Avoid heavy workloads, heavy gym workouts or jogging, anything that could wear you down.
Resting will be good, but don't become lazy!
#7 Eliminate psychological stress
Stress is another factor to worry about. Eliminate or at least reduce to minimum all those factors that can psychologically stress you.
Avoid conflictual and toxic people, worry less about your day-to-day problems and focus on your upcoming trip and on relaxation.
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