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7 Things to Remember If You Want to Survive Your Next Long-haul Flight

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7 Things to Remember If You Want to Survive Your Next Long-haul Flight

Our bodies are not designed to stay still in the same position for long periods of time. Taking a flight makes us uncomfortable because of the confined space available, which brings about a certain set of negative effects like muscle cramps, sleep deprivation and dehydration.

But there are some easy-to-follow tips to help you survive your next flight:

1. Dress Up the Smart Way

The key here is to choose comfort over style and dress up the smart way.

You cannot predict the temperature in a flight, and hence, you need to wear sweaters, jackets or cotton-shirts that can be easily removed or make you feel comfortable. Tight fitting clothes are bound to make you more uncomfortable as the hours pass by.

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Also, our feet swell up on flights, so you need to wear a comfortable pair of shoes or slippers that allow your feet to breathe freely. Avoid any sort of heels or boots.

2. Find the Perfect Flight

Jet lag is the prominent effect of traveling by air. To deal with this, book your flight in advance and choose overnight flights because it’s the best way to replicate your normal schedule.

Also, flying east to west can help your body adjust more easily to the new time zone. While you can sleep in for a longer time, you will not be lag behind the clock.

3. Get a Decent Seat

Finding the right seat for yourself is important to get yourself comfy.

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If you’re a tall passenger, select the seat on the row near the emergency exit where there would be more room for your legs. If you prefer moving around more often during the flight, choose the aisle seat so you won’t disturb other passengers when you want to just stretch and move around a bit; it’s also more convenient whenever you want to go to the washroom!

Always check in as early as you can and you’ll have an edge over picking your perfect seat!

4. Stretch and Move

Do some exercises on the plane! The longer you sit, the more you feel uncomfortable. By stretching and just moving around a bit, you maintain active blood circulation around your body and make you feel looser. Here’re some you can try on the plane:

And don’t forget to sometimes stand up and walk around a bit whenever the plane condition allows you to do so. But remember, safety first!

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5. Eat Healthy, Stay Hydrated

Prepare yourself a pack of light, healthy snack with fruits, sprouts, and veggies. This can prevent you from being lethargic.

Also staying hydrated is of utmost importance. Drink water more often to quench your thirst for comfort. Avoid coffee, alcohol and soda.

6. Keep Yourself Entertained

Boredom is going to get to you on long-haul flights. Bring along a book or some magazines so you can read quietly on the plane.

Have your own earplugs ready too, so you can play on your favorite music throughout the flight.

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7. Utilise Whatever Available on the Plane to Help You Sleep Better

If you just want to completely rest on the plane, utilise the pillows, blankets and eye shades that are available on the plane to take some naps during the flight. Adjust your seat position too if you want to get more comfy.

Then, take some deep breaths, put on your headphones and play on the classical music to relax yourself, and soon you can fall asleep.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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