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Enjoying Thanksgiving Even with Jet Lag Symptoms

When you are planning your holiday trip, it is easy to get caught up in planning all the fun you are going to have. You probably don't take jet lag into account when you are planning, so upon arrival at your destination it can catch you by surprise, especially if you aren't a seasoned traveler.

In order to still enjoy your holiday with the family, it is important to make some time for self-care and remember to be gentle with yourself. If something feels like too much, be sure to speak up. Taking care of yourself is key in being able to enjoy your holiday visit to the fullest.

If you have a mental health condition, it is also important to take care of your mental health while traveling. This way, you don't have symptoms spiraling out of control and taking over your vacation.

According to Healthy, Happy Life, here are some tips for coping with Jet Lag:

  1. Be Nice To Yourself.

  2. Eat Well.

  3. Hydrate.

  4. Light Therapy.

  5. Jet Lag Technology.

Even though you are on vacation, it is important not to throw healthy eating out the window completely. Make sure to eat balanced meals with protein and vegetables, don't just scarf down sugar and carbs! Eating a healthy breakfast can help you get off to a great start.

If you are going to be snacking a lot throughout the day, you can try veggies with dip or some cheese and crackers. This way, you aren't having only sweets while you are chatting with the family before your big Thanksgiving meal.

Though alcohol may be flowing during your holiday visit, limiting your intake and drinking water throughout the day can make a big difference for your jet lag symptoms! It also helps to drink water while on the plane to counteract the dry cabin pressure.

According to The Sun, one flight attendant says:

"As a flight attendant, the medical staff tell us we have to drink one litre of water for every four hours of flying."

If you didn't drink enough water while flying, this can lead to worsening jet lag symptoms, so make sure you are drinking water frequently throughout the day until you start to feel better.

When it comes to Light Therapy for Jet Lag, Healthy, Happy Life says:

Apparently, one of the scientifically-proven ways for beating jet lag is to use bright light to get your circadian rhythm back on track. That means exposing yourself to bright light during daylight hours. You can even fake it with a sun lamp, or any bright lights if needed. Read more about this technique here: Technique to Solve JetLag

Getting out in the sun is always good for your mental health, and soaking in some rays first thing in the morning can be a big help for your body. Even if you just go drink your coffee on the patio, it can help to reset your body's natural rythms.

Finally, there are also apps that can help you with fighting off jet lag symptoms. According to Cellular Line, here is a list of some of the best Jet Lag Apps:

  • Jet Lag Rooster

  • Entrain

  • JetLag Genie

  • Stay Well

These apps will help you through various methods such as telling you how much sleep you need, when to sleep, how much water to drink, and even going so far as to provide a sun simulation to reset your biorythms.

I hope these tips will go a long way towards helping you manage your jet lag symptoms, so that you can enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with your family.

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