There's nothing better than jetting off on a plane to relax and rewind for a week or two. You can forget about alarms and live in the moment, taking as much rest as needed to rejuvenate.
However, although we all want our holiday to last forever, it will soon be time to come home. However, if you've been in a country with a different time zone, adjusting back to normal life can be quite the challenge.
When the time does come for you to return to work, here’s how to do it safely, without letting jet lag disrupt your routine.
What Is Jet Lag?
Jet lag occurs when you enter a different time zone, that your body hasn’t adjusted to just yet. The main symptoms of jet lag include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Concentration problems
Although the symptoms tend to lighten after a few days of being in the time zone, it’s important to stay on high alert while in the adjusting period. The same applies for when you return home. With this in mind, what do you need to do to keep yourself safe once you get back to work?
How To Stay Safe At Work With Jet Lag
Tackle your distraction
One of the hardest things about returning from a holiday is focussing your mind on work again. It’s all too easy to daydream about the fantastic holiday you’ve just had, but this can put you more at risk of safety hazards and dangers to your health.
This is particularly true of manual professions, where keeping yourself safe requires you to pay constant attention to your surroundings. Even simple tasks like lifting boxes can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention to the way you’re arranging your body — for example, you should always bend your knees when lifting heavy items to take the pressure off your back.
Re-establish your routine
When you’re on holiday, all routine tends to go out the window. You can sleep as much as you like, eat delicious food every day and probably drink a little more than you should. But once you’re back at work, it’s important to re-establish your old routine so that your body and your mind can return to ‘work mode’. This is key to reducing the symptoms of jet lag.
Health and wellbeing demands a consistent and conscientious routine. This means that returning to work and domestic life requires you to re-establish your usual sequence of events. This is true of your eating habits, your sleeping pattern and your behaviours at work itself. Being on holiday might have left you used to going to bed late, but making sure you get enough sleep and eating regular, balanced meals is a key health factor once you get back. Although this might seem tricky when your body is adjusting to time zones, it's important to adhere to your normal routine, rather than your temporary holiday one.
Consider the specific hazards at your workplace
Being away from your workplace while on holiday can defamiliarise yourself with your surroundings, meaning it's all the more important to be aware of potential hazards in the workplace on your return. Even simple things like a boiling kettle or sharp desk corner are factors that you’ll have to remind yourself to consider in your daily habits. Remember - jet lag will leave you with concentration and memory problems, so this type of scenario is perfectly normal.
For office workers, think about the health concerns associated with too much sitting, which can have a negative impact on your spine and posture and has even been shown to increase your likelihood of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Remember to take regular breaks from your desk, even just a stroll to the bathroom or to get a drink. Staying fairly active will help to keep your energy levels as high as possible.
For manual workers, there can be a host of potential hazards present depending on your specific environment. In fields such as building or engineering, it’s particularly important to remind yourself of the threats to your safety and health which surround you every day.
Even though it’s not an excuse, an upcoming holiday can sometimes prevent people from addressing any minor health concerns for fear it’ll result in having to delay or even cancel their trip abroad. Now that you’re back in the swing of things, it’s time to consider any nagging health queries you might have and get the answers you need.
How To Beat Jet Lag
As you can see, it's extremely important to stay aware of your surroundings while jet-lagged and returning to work. Luckily, there are many proven ways to get over jet lag both safely and quickly. This includes:
- Drinking lots of fluid
- Getting as much sunlight as possible
- Taking time to relax
- Taking jet lag tablets
If you're cautious that jet lag may affect your ability to work, take a look at our jet lag tablets. These tablets will help to regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Take a few minutes to get in touch with a GP or contact our own online pharmacy team via 0208 123 0703 if your jet lag symptoms worsen. Not only will this help you to get on the road to recovery, but it’ll also give you back your peace of mind and allow you to give 100% when you return to work.