It’s been go-go-go ever since I returned home from Africa.
I’ve been spending time with family and friends, and getting caught up on work. I have spent many hours in a pool with my grandchildren and even went indoor rock-climbing with one of them.
I’ve also been very busy with my mother, who suffered a fall and many injuries while I was away.
So it’s no surprise that, at the end of very long days, I’ve been feeling tired.
What might surprise you more is that, after three flights and 36 hours in flight and waiting in airports, none of my fatigue has resulted from jet lag!
That wasn’t the case for my husband, who came home, slept most of the first two days, and then slowly started to feel like his normal self, and gradually got back into his regular routines.
Can you guess why the two of us had the same experience, but only one of us got jet lag?
The answer, I believe, is all in the attitude — or, more precisely, our different beliefs.
I firmly believed that I could avoid jet lag. I had a plan, which I was able to execute: I slept a lot on the night flights and just a little on the day flight so as not to interfere with my night’s sleep when I got home.
My husband, on the other hand, didn’t quite share my belief. Before we returned home, he told me he had better cancel his appointments for the first two days back as he was “sure to have jet lag.” He believed he would have it, and so he did.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, a biologist who has studied quantum physics since 1982, wrote the book The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles. He teaches that, if you hold a belief, the function of the mind is to manifest that belief so that it becomes reality.
With this premise, I now understand why my university roommate could go out in the morning with wet hair and never catch a cold. If I did, I would end up sneezing and stuffy. (After all, my mother had warned me that wet hair outside would cause a cold!!)
The function of the mind is to convert such a belief — along with all the anxiety and worry about getting sick and missing a day of school, or having to cancel a fun weekend activity — into a physical manifestation. Thus, I would get a cold and my roommate wouldn’t.
So it’s all in what you believe.
The main challenge is that old beliefs are hard to turn into new ones. My husband is beginning to better understand the power of our thoughts, feelings and emotions, as are many of my clients.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In my case, it was no jet lag!