When we think of travel the mind conjures images of white sandy beaches, snow-capped peaks, opulent hotel rooms, excitement, adventure and discovery. The reality for many people is very different.
If you’ve ever travelled frequently for business or work purposes, you’ll know that the reality of travel is very different from the dream.
Sure, the destinations themselves may be fantastic, but the stress of getting to the airport on time, the stultifying boredom of departure lounges, the frustration of delayed flights, the lack of sleep due to the unfamiliarity of a strange bed, the brutal effects of jet lag, and the cramped conditions on most modern airplanes make the actual act of travelling between places a nightmare for many people.
As global travel has become more common, the quality of the experience has dropped. Gone are the days of spacious cabins with plenty of legroom, flowing drinks and loads of personal attention. Unless you fly first class, the modern experience is more akin to a cattle truck than an airborne lounge.
If you’re someone who struggles with exhaustion and stress during travel, or even if you have a fear of flying, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the effects, but none of them come close to the efficacy of regular meditation with a program like Synctuition.
What travel does to the body
Most people underestimate the effect general travel (particularly flying), has on their body. We think that only when we cross time zones will we suffer, but the truth is far worse than that.
The combination of being out of routine, pressurised cabins, poor bard, being seated for extended periods & possibly added stress of rushing for flights/flight changes etc, can really take their toll – especially if you have to travel regularly.
The commonly used term jet lag refers to the results of your ‘body clock’, an internal regulator that governs the timing of certain biological/circadian rhythms like your sleep/wake cycle, times when you get hungry and energy spikes and troughs, becoming disrupted.
The symptoms of jet lag are twofold:
Suffering general fatigue due to the flight itself. These include disrupted routines, dehydration due to dry pressurised cabin air, motion sickness and mental stress.
The actual crossing of time zones, which upsets the usual cycle of day & night (or more accurately daylight and darkness). This in turn affects your body’s internal ‘body clock’ and the functions it controls – digestion, sleep etc.
Coping with the effects
There are quite a few things you can do to minimize the effects of travel fatigue and jet lag:
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of liquids as the cabin air in planes is incredibly dry. Dehydration will cause you to feel much worse than you would otherwise.
Stay active: We realize this may be difficult, but it is almost always better to at least walk up and down the aisle every hour than to simply sit still.
Just breathe: Breathing exercises are a simple, easy way to combat the stress of flying. Mindful breathing has a calming effect that you’ll almost certainly need for whatever comes your way, especially during those many-legged or lengthy trips.
Meditate: Using a meditation program like Synctuition will hugely reduce the ill effects of travel.
Synctuition is a fantastic way to limit the effects of travel fatigue as well as the stress and boredom of the travel experience.
In just 25 minutes, Synctuition works by putting you in a deep meditative state. This has been proven to lower both the physiological and mental effects of stress and fatigue.
Synctuition helps users fall asleep more easily and brings deeper, more restful sleep, even in strange hotel rooms. If you’re stuck in a terminal, waiting for a delayed flight on an uncomfortable plastic chair, a 25 minute audio journey will help take your mind off your immediate surroundings, transporting you to a blissful place of deep relaxation.You’ll emerge refreshed and invigorated.
We can’t guarantee that your flight will be on time or that you won’t sit next to someone who talks incessantly or snores, but we promise that we can help make even the most testing flight at least bearable.