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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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