The buzz about Farewell Jet Lag Cures from a Flight Attendant is because the book was written for the frequent flyer, of which there are many kinds. Frequent flyers are often workload rich and time poor. This introduction is offered to help you get what you need from the book to make the greatest difference right now, in the shortest period of time. I invite you to read the first chapter before you jump to the sections that apply to you.
Flying for business, competition, performance or commuting purposes is no joke. You must build resilience at all costs. Any jet lag cure that cannot accomplish this is no jet lag cure at all. Play the long game. This book shows you how.
Context is everything.
Start here – Chapters 5 and 6
Globalisation demands new terms of the business traveler. In the fast paced world of business, you have to be prepared for the unexpected as a matter of routine. Carlson Wagonlit a global consulting company specialised in business travel program optimisation understand this and demonstrates it with their Travel Stress Index (TSi), a measure of lost productivity from the trials of life on the road. Awareness about the true state of affairs about us can sometimes be curative! Context is everything. Chapters 5 and 6 are good starting points for why you should read this book if you are a globe trotting road warrior.
Habits are everything.
Start here – Part 2
Pilots and flight attendants are some of the most intensive flyers in the air. If you are one of them then the question is how do you manage routine? Creating order from chaos is important because so much of your life is out of control every day you go to work. If you want to feel better, meet the challenges of day to day disruption, turn up to work with energy to burn then starting at part 2 gets you to the nitty gritty of what it takes to fare well as an aviation worker.
Performance is everything.
Start here – Part 2 – Hydration
Going for gold is about meticulous planning and timing all your preps to perfection, when it comes to flying well to perform well its the simple things that give you the edge. Energy is the basic currency that matters most and flying badly can impair an athletes ability to produce it. Legion are the stories of teams who travel the globe to compete but find themselves unable to do so because of what the journey takes out of them. Superior hydration should be the starting point for any athlete or performer depending on physical or mental strength to excel.
Presence is everything.
Start here – Chapter 1
If you need your wits about you from the moment you touchdown presence means everything to you. As a journalist at a live developing scene you need to be firing on all cylinders. You need a deep reservoir of mental and physical energy as well as analytical skills and intuition. Functioning this way day after day means you have to have it together or you face burnout. Nothing less than mastery will do. Start at the beginning of the book to build context and read from cover to cover twice for the journalistic skepticism still lurking in you!
Results are everything.
Start here – Summary at the back of the book.
You want results fast! But be warned this approach is not for the faint hearted. Jump to the back summary and then go to chapter 3 and get to grips with the pH scale. Get alkaline as quickly as possible preferably not just before the flight, or suffer searing headaches as a consequence. Book a first class ticket to make sure you can get horizontal rest and get grounded on arrival. Drink as much coconut water as you can handle to replace those electrolytes.