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How To Keep A Long-Haul Flight From Ruining Your Good Mood And Your Health

How To Keep A Long-Haul Flight From Ruining Your Good Mood And Your Health

Having to board a long flight often means a vacation, which is great! However, after more than 10 hours spent on a plane, it can turn even the happiest vacationer into a grumpy and jet-lagged one. Worse still, long-haul flights can sometimes lead to serious health issues and more long-term problems. Though long flights are great and can ensure that vacation of a lifetime, you need to prepare yourself in order to get through the flight with a smile on your face, and avoid taking a heavy toll on your body and mind.

Anxiety Can Be A Real Struggle

The struggle is real for those who feel the airplane chairs are getting smaller and smaller, while the fees are getting bigger and bigger. You are right, my friends! Traveling is already stressful, especially since there are many cases of lost planes and tragic crashes, but airlines apparently struggle to make the flight even more uncomfortable. Here, I am talking about airplane chairs and the leg space given to each customer. Just 20 years ago, the leg space in a plane was 34 inches, whereas nowadays it is only 28 inches!

As the airlines are changing their seats with smaller ones, passengers get into fights over reclined chairs more and more often, forcing planes to land sooner. In the name of profit, airlines are squeezing us in the planes, without any single shred of remorse for damaging our health. Sitting for more than four hours in a confined space increases the risk of developing blood clots, which can be lethal if they get into the bloodstream. When you are taking a long flight, compression socks are mandatory, but there are many other tools, gadgets, and tricks which can reduce the damaging potential of spending long hours crowded in an airplane.

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Effective Tips to Enjoy (Rather Than Suffer) A Long-Haul Flight

Here are a number of tips to make any long-haul flight enjoyable and worry-free:

1. Exercise A Little

So, you have a 10 hour flight ahead of you. Many people just sit there and endure the whole flight without moving. Instead, you should do exercise whenever you feel like it, even if you’re sitting down. Once in a while, just stretch out your legs, wiggle your toes, and feel your muscles work. Also, try walking or just standing for a while. Go to the toilet, just for the walk! This will greatly increase circulation and significantly reduce the risk of a blood clot.

2. Take A Personal Bag With You

Strong planning goes a long way when it comes to a long-haul flight, so think of what you need well in advance. Gather items in your personal bag, which you can store near your feet or in the overhead compartment of the plane. This bag can be anything from a tote bag to a backpack, depending on your needs and style. As a general rule, the personal bag should have lots of pockets and zippers, so you can organize and access your gear easier.

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3. Stay Fresh and Clean

Spending a long time in flight is going to show on your face, so you need to have a small set of personal hygiene products in your personal bag to stay looking your best. This should include a disposable toothbrush, facial cleansing wipes, deodorant, mints, and a skincare kit (containing hand and face moisturizer, lip balm, and under-eye cream). Due to the air conditioning, the air is extremely dry, which obviously dries your skin out.

However, resist the urge to apply a mist on your skin and go for a moisturizer instead. This will hydrate your skin, trapping the water in the skin layers. During a long-haul flight you need to stay hydrated from inside as well as from outside. Try sticking with the 2 liters of water per day rule, even if you are in the plane. Remember, drinking alcohol is going to dehydrate you fast, so limit the intake of those cocktails – no matter how tempting they may be!

4. Eating Up in the Air

When you are on a long-haul flight you will get hungry, so you should think ahead and pack snacks. Nuts, sandwiches, and bite-sized snacks are the best options, as long as they don’t have a strong smell. You don’t want to make everyone turn their heads around because you are eating a strong smelling burrito. Airplane food is not to everyone’s taste, so you may want to pack some of your own. That said, the plane food today is far better than it was just a few years ago. Remember, if you suffer from an allergy or you are on a special diet (such as vegetarian), make sure you tell those concerned when booking your flights.

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5. Clothes for The Plane Trip

When you are preparing for a long flight you need to make sure that you wear the right clothes. Remember those tight seats? Well, you need to wear comfortable, loose clothes. As most flights are chilly, take a cardigan with you. However, the most important item of clothing you need to have on the plane is compression socks, which help to prevent blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. Keep your socks on at all times, even if your feet are clean! Finish the outfit with a scarf and easy-to-slip-into shoes.

6. Get Some Sleep

Sleep is important, so don’t skip on it during your flight. To make sure you will sleep like a baby, bring earplugs, a neck pillow, and an eye mask. For those who are terrible sleepers, you may also need couple of sleeping pills. Melatonin pills are a simple way to get to sleep faster, even if the sun is up.

By applying some of the tips above, you will make sure your trip is worry-free and even enjoyable.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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