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

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 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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