Home Sweet Home: Managing the Re-entry
It is one of the great joys to be able to travel, but as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz says, “there’s no place like home”. But after being in the freewheeling mode where the world is yours, managing the ‘re-entry’ to ease back into your personal base can require a bit of skill. This is especially so if you’ve been gone for a while or if there has been a lot of change on the home front while you’ve been gone.
So, here is an arrival routine which may help you to settle in again – it works for all the Girlo Crew:
- Reset your watch and mobile phone – adjust to the new time zone. It helps to adjust mentally and minimizes jetlag (if only psychologically).
- Call or SMS whoever is meeting you at the airport as a courtesy to let them know the plane has landed. It can be chaotic at the arrival terminals and this can be stressful for those waiting, as they usually don’t know what’s happening, especially if the flight is delayed.
- Please check signs about using phones first as you’ve come a long way on your travels and you will want to avoid any problems right at the end. Better to finish up on a good note!
- Once at home: make a cup of tea, eat a light snack and drink a big glass of water or fresh juice plus some Echinacea or Rescue Remedy drops;
- Take a multivitamin, and, if you have it, vitamin C to eliminate any bugs that may have picked you up on the flight!
- Unpack bags and store baggage immediately.
- Sort washing and put away any clean clothes.
- Put the first load of washing on. Go on. You know you want to.
- Pile gifts, mementos and paperwork on your desk for wrapping or filing, storing, etc.
- Shower, wash and dry hair, and get into fresh, comfortable clothes, ahhh!
- Try to get some sun (it resets the body clock) by going for a brisk walk. A walk after flying is recommended by health professionals as it gets your circulation moving again after the long flight and prevents DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
- Sleep or, depending on what time you have arrived, stay up until a reasonable time to try and have a full normal night’s sleep.
- Drink water, water, water. Have another glass!
- Make some lists of things-to-do the following day.
This list of tips is by no means exhaustive but they are guaranteed to help you to get over any jetlag and to kick start a fresh routine. You’re baaaaack.
Photographer: Morgan Hyslop