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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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