Overcoming Jet Lag

Jet lag is a real pain. I've been curious about trying out this fasting method the next time I fly overseas.

Another way I'm able to shift to a new schedule is by following a morning and night routine. (I burrowed this one from a yoga magazine I was looking through in a waiting room at some point. Of course, remembering the name of the magazine would just be waaaay too convenient.) Regardless of the source, this routine makes it so much easier to get down to sleep at night and ease out from under those covers in the morning. A few of these tips require a fridge and stove. If you can't access one during your travels, you can always skip or adjust those steps.

In the evening, I warm up a mug of organic whole milk with honey and add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. After brushing my teeth and washing up, I rub a minty foot cream onto my feet and give myself a quick, soothing foot massage. I spend a few minutes unwinding with a good book, and before I know it, I'm drifting off.
The following morning, I use a brush to clean and scrape my tongue and stimulate digestion, then I use a neti pot to clear out my nostrils. Next, I drink a mug of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice, a touch of honey and some salt. Finally, I massage baby oil with a drop of peppermint essential oil into my neck and shoulders. Afterwards, I feel invigorated and ready to start the day.

If you're adjusting to a new time zone, or even just having trouble sleeping well, establishing a wake and sleep routine is a good way to help reset things. Do you have any tips for beating jet lag?