I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether or not I will continue to blog now that I am back in the USA. The answer is YES! Admittedly, from now on most of my posts will be themed around wellness rather than life in NZ. They also might need to be less frequent, especially when school starts again, and they will definitely be less personal. Now that my life is back to “normal” I don’t feel the need to share every detail anymore. But I will still share anything influential in my life, because wellness is about so much more than just health and fitness. (And I can promise a new little daily feature of the blog I have a-brewing. Be on the lookout for that :))
Today I want to chat about recovering my wellness from a 24+ hour journey of time-travel around the world. The aftermath that has caused me to feel quite out of sorts.
I have been waking up in the middle of the night (3:30am), which has caused me to suffer from sleepiness so severe that it resembles narcolepsy! (I fell asleep in the waiting room before a doctor’s appointment.) I have imposed strict bedtime rules for the past few nights. I have to be in bed between 10:30pm and 8:30am whether or not I actually sleep during that time. No napping! A few sleepy days are inevitable, and this has helped me quickly get used to this time zone. Last night marks the first night this week that I slept through the night!
I am finally eating well consistently, but it’s not sitting well. My digestive track has been all in a tizzy, which is definitely a result of lack of sleep and the erratic, excessive diet of fat and sugar I’ve been eating for more than 2 weeks straight! I feel better eating clean, and my digestive system will regulate in time…as long as I stick to eating well!
It’s all I have to cling to right now! I have jumped right back into my religious exercise habits with at least an hour of activity every day. I’ve been running and spinning, doing pilates and yoga, and I have even done a smidgen of strength training! It feels really good and feel really right, but it’s been really tiring! I fell out of shape pretty significantly because of travel and my hip injury, so I’ve been pretty sore. That means lots of yoga for me, and not to wimp out on my cardio!
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit psycho lately! Once again, my life has done a complete 180 and I’m trying to readjust. For example, I almost had a nervous breakdown in the produce section at Wegmans…it was so overwhelming! Also, I keep almost driving on the wrong side of the road. And EVERYTHING reminds me of something NZ-related.
My time not spent eating, exercising, or sleeping has been spent organizing my life: responding to emails, doing laundry, unpacking, and organizing my room. Getting my life back to normal has felt very strange, but each little thing I accomplish makes me feel more and more at ease.
I have learned that there is not that much you can do to feel healthy again right after something like that. Just honor your body and things will get better in time. As per my mother’s advice, I’m actually RELAXING!!!! Though I’ve been feeling icky and sad to have left New Zealand, the comforts of home make feel better, better, better.
There is just one thing I desperately need to feel all better…
And, as she is my best friend, I REALLY NEED TO SEE HER!!!!
How have you dealt with jetlag?