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8 Struggles Flight Attendants Would Never Tell You

8 Struggles Flight Attendants Would Never Tell You

Flight attendants are known for appearing put together and able to easily assist you with any needs that might come up during your flight. However, you might be surprised to learn there is a lot more to a flight attendant’s shift than may appear to the untrained eye. It can often be messy, tiring and frustrating. It is an unglamorous job, but someone has to do it. Here are just eight of the struggles your friendly flight attendant has to deal with during your flight:

1. We deal with a lot of bodily fluids on a daily basis

Flight attendants have seen it all and are usually unfazed by cleaning up vomit, pee and poop on a regular basis. The plane lavatories can get foul quickly, especially on long-haul flights and we go into automatic mode when they need to be cleaned up, which is often. We also clean up after ill passengers who could not always make it to the sick bags in time or children who have had accidents.

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2. We need to use disinfectant religiously

We know that the airplane is a breeding ground for germs and how important it is to constantly sanitize ourselves and every surface we come into contact with. Whether we are handing out drinks or using the lavatory, we know that millions of nasty germs are always being exchanged. When we run out of hand sanitizer, we have been known to use alcohol to clean our hands from any lingering bacteria.

3. We easily get bored during our downtime

Handing out drinks and pillows is only a small portion of our job, and there is a lot of free time, especially on longer flights. You can only play games on your phone or read a book for so many hours during the flight. We love it when passengers come and chat with us when we are standing around, because it provides stimulation in an otherwise very long shift.

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4. We are constantly jet-lagged

Flying constantly through new time zones, we never have a normal bedtime and our internal clocks are always off. We try to get sleep while on the ground, but it never seems like enough. If we are extra tired and dazed, it is a combination of lack of sleep and an off-day, so please try to be understanding.

5. We had to practice to always appear pleasant

Service with a smile is our motto, but it is something that we have practiced and perfected over time. It is hard to be “on” during the entire shift, but we try to appear pleasant, despite difficult passengers and situations that are bound to arise.

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6. We have a hard time maintaining long-term relationships

Frequent flying and quick overnight layovers mean that life on the road can be rough for relationships back at home. This industry is known for its fair share of one-night stands and no-strings-attached relationships.

7. We have a hard time maintaining a social life

Having minimum time back at home, we have a hard time finding time for our friends. When we are at home all we went to do is sleep or have some quality alone time binge-watching the TV shows we’ve missed. When you are in a job that requires constant social interaction, it is hard to embrace extroverted tendencies back at home as well. Plus, due to our wonky internal clocks we often flake on the plans that we made.

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8. We are physically drained from always being on our feet

This is not a job for those who think it is an easy position where you just get to hand out drinks and fly around the world for free. The job of a flight attendant demands you to always be on your feet for a good amount of time, whether you are preparing the food cart or walking up and down the aisles to assist passengers in their seats.

Featured photo credit: Flight attendants/MIKI Yoshihito via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

Featured photo credit: Josef Grunig via farm3.staticflickr.com

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