When you’ve had the most amazing time travelling, the last thing you want is to not be able to arrive home with enough energy to function. Ideally, you want to return home with feelings of rejuvenation, relaxation, and a zest for life; you have just been travelling, after all!
In this article, we’re going to be delving into five top tips that you can take advantage of to help you avoid tiredness and post-travel fatigue.
Plan for A Composed Arrival Home
Your preparation can start before you’ve even left. Do this by ticking off any important matters before leaving on a trip. You decide who big or small the job is and how vital it is. If it’s important to you, then get it out of the way so you don’t have to concern yourself with it and that way you can go away completely at ease.
If your house is in a tidy state when you left, then you won’t have to come home to more clutter which can set off the stress levels in many people, Psychology Today explains. You want to be as calm as possible so that you can spend some time recovering from the trip and revelling in the good times you had while you were away.
Adopt a Level of Self-Care
Continually practising some healthy habits will be part of ensuring that you can return home feeling well-rested. Some of the best healthy approaches you want to keep in your locker include:
- Stay hydrated
- Eat nutritiously
- Stay active
- Keep alcohol and caffeine to a minimum
You shouldn’t allow yourself to get drawn into slacking off and relying on lots of sugary drinks and junk food during your time away because this will mean that your body has to digest this. Caffeine kicks and sugar highs can leave you feeling skittish, fretful, and unnecessarily restless, which is something you don’t want on your return from travelling.
What we’ve just mentioned also includes alcohol too, and while the free tipples on the flight home might be a temptation, but the best thing you can do if you want to avoid exhaustion when you get home is to not indulge in the booze. Instead, stick to bottled water and/or herbal tea and these will help you to feel healthier and more invigorated upon your arrival home.
What you eat is important too, because while it’s definitely easy to grab a burger and fries, and think it’s okay because you’re on vacation, it will leave you feeling unnecessarily sluggish compared to if you were to eat more nutritious options.
Don’t forget to keep yourself as comfortable as you can while you’re travelling as this will help you to rest and get the best from your time being sedentary. The Sleep Advisor website suggests taking a travel pillow for long flights, as well as some headphones too as they can block out exterior noise that will prevent you from relaxing adequately.
Maximize Your Exposure to Light
Part of staying on track with self-care and being prepared is maintaining a healthy sleep-wake cycle, as this will help you to beat any incoming fatigue after your trip.
Our bodies need contact with natural light. This can become harder to achieve when you are constantly shifting through time zones, sitting on long flights, and your schedule is all over the place. These are all things that travellers experience regularly, which essentially means that the level of natural light exposure can be limited or below par.
As such, if you feel like you need to get a little boost, whether you’re away still, or you’re back at home, make the effort to get out during the day. You can also use a light-emitting device that releases UV-free light therapy to help your body stay on course with your natural wake-sleep cycle.
Allow for Recovery Time
You want to get the most from your travels, that much is understandable, but if you leave no time to recover, then slotting back into routine will be much harder and can take longer to adjust as your recovery time will have to be managed around day-to-day life and you’ll just feel like you’re running on empty.
Aim to feature in one, ideally two, recovery days following on from any big trip, that way you can incorporate time to adjust at your own speed. Just think, if you try to get straight back into work, you probably won’t be adjusted to your time zone and will feel slightly spaced-out.
Get the rest you need in the recovery phase and get back into the swing of things with all your energy levels restored.
Look Forward to Something
Arriving back in the workplace after one of the best experiences of your life can be deflating to, but don’t let that emotional slump flare up the feeling of fatigue. You can counteract this by giving yourself something to look forward to on your arrival home.
This can be something simple, like planning a coffee date with friends, dinner, or maybe you can start planning your next trip; either way, don’t stand still and keep the positive feelings glowing to prevent those tired feelings setting in.