Travel | How to banish jet lag and arrive fresh

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Flying is one of the most convenient ways to travel, but it can play havoc with your health. From jet lag to dry skin, being up the air can cause a world of woes.

Arriving in a new destination should be exciting, but unfortunately many of us feel the brunt of air travel as soon as we touch down – we’re tired, we’re headachy and we’re dying to reach the nearest hotel.

So how do you arrive feeling bright, alert and fresh as a daisy, especially after those long-haul flights? Here are our top tips.

Start before you fly – Airplanes are notorious for their recycled air, stuffiness and poor food choices. Give yourself the best chance of beating any jet lag or colds by ensuring that you eat well at least two days before your flight. Stock up on fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, oily fish and make sure you drink a lot of water.

Avoid alcohol – If you’re going to be stuck in a stuffy plane for hours at a time, the last thing you want is a hangover. If at all possible avoid drinking before your flight. When on the plane opt for water or fruit juices to keep your energy up.

Sleep – If you find it hard to nod off during a flight, make sure you get as much sleep as you can before your flight. If you’re able to doze mid-flight, take advantage and get some shut-eye.

Stay warm – Due to the air conditioner system on board, planes can be quite chilly. Make sure to dress in layers that way you can layer up if it’s cold, or layer down if it’s too stuffy. We recommend investing in a pashmina or a shawl – not only will it help you to stay warm, it’ll also double as a makeshift blanket.

Circulate – When flying it’s important to ensure that your circulation is working away. If you’re on a long haul flight, regularly get up and move around. If you’re flying short haul, do some ankle rotation exercises to get rid of any feelings of discomfort. You could also always invest in a pair of flight socks. You can get these from any chemist and they help to improve circulation and reduce swelling.

Wash your face – As soon as you arrive at your destination, make your way to the bathroom and splash your face with some cold water. This will immediately help you to wake up and feel fresher.

Breathe – Travelling can be a stressful experience, so before you leave the bathroom after landing, spend five minutes taking some deep breaths and relaxing. Allow yourself to shake off the stress and look forward to your holiday.