How to Beat Jet Lag and Exhaustion During Holiday Travel
It can be difficult enough to feel well-rested at any old time of the year, but challenges associated with sleep can multiply as the holiday season approaches. Between a packed social schedule, long days of travel and extended family time, you may find yourself feeling completely exhausted before the festivities can even begin!
To help all of us stay healthy and refreshed — and even more ready to enjoy our favorite sweets, cocktails and movies of the season — we got some advice from Christopher on how to combat the sleep-related challenges of the winter holidays. Scroll down for his expert tips!
1. If you’re making a long drive, resist the urge to power through the whole trip at once. While it’s tempting to get to your destination ASAP, be smart when it comes to tired driving. Christopher encourages you to pull into a rest stop, put your seat back and nap for up to 15 minutes if you’re feeling sleepy. He also suggests taking a quick walk after you wake up and before hitting the road again. You’ll make the road a LOT safer if you get a little shut-eye, and your body won’t be nearly as exhausted when you finally arrive at your holiday headquarters.
2. Stick to your normal time zone. Jet lag can be a major problem for holiday travelers, especially for people making trips on the shorter side. “Assuming you are only staying for a couple of days and need to be back at work on Monday, try to keep your body clock on your usual time zone,” Christopher says. “This will help keep you less bleary-eyed during the holiday weekend, and you’ll be ready to be productive come the Monday after.”
3. Try not to sleep too late. We know, we know — there are few things better than shutting off your alarm and enjoying extended mornings of sleep during a holiday break. The bad news is that, unless you’re sleeping late in order to keep your body on track and avoid jet lag, doing so will mess up your internal clock and throw off your sleep schedule after the holidays. There’s no need to wake up at the crack of dawn, but you’ll likely regret sleeping in during your travels when you return to work.
4. Take a nap (or a few). The experts insist! Sleeping in may be ill-advised, but Christopher has an ideal solution.“Since the point of the holidays is also to get some rest, I suggest getting in a few naps to help you catch up on your sleep,” he says. Christopher recommends early afternoon napping, in any comfy spot where you can really put your feet up and for as long as necessary to recharge. You’ll feel refreshed but will skip the “weekend lag” that comes with excessive sleeping in — and if your family tries to hate on your nap schedule, you can tell them that it’s expert-recommended!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)