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10 Free Ways to Kill Time During a Flight Delay

10 Free Ways to Kill Time During a Flight Delay

The recent polar vortex created quite a few flight delays for winter travelers this year. Unfortunately, delays in the airport are as inevitable as death and taxes. Even when everything’s running on time, you still have to arrive early to ensure you make it through ticketing, security checks, and all that jazz.

You’re stuck in the airport for a sizable amount of time, but there’s no reason that the time you spend waiting must be wasted. Instead of counting down the minutes, try one of these free ways to kill time while waiting for your flight.

Admire the Scenery

No matter the location of your airport, there’s something to see–even if it’s just the sky. You can also people watch, and most public spaces are filled with art. Go explore a little bit and admire the visual stimulation around you. At least, it’s not prison or, worse, a cubicle.

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Practice Origami

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    Communication is a lost art. When I was a kid, we spent hours pouring our hearts onto a piece of paper, then hand-crafting it into an intricate or elegant design to pass to a friend or crush. You likely have receipt paper or a dollar bill on you. Look up origami designs and learn to make something creative. You can give your work to any children you see to help brighten their day while they wait.

    Work on Your Budget 

    It’s not technically entertaining, but if you’re sitting around doing nothing, being productive is a better option. Budgeting may be something you loathe, but you’re stuck in the airport and you do need to budget, so double down on the annoyance and kill two birds at once.

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    Learn Foreign Vocabulary

    You’re not the only traveler in the airport. It’s a port for air travelers from all over the world. Because of this, airports cater to people from other cultures. You can learn a lot from reading the signs or eavesdropping on conversations. If you have your phone handy, you can even utilize technology to assist with the translation.

    Make Business Contacts 

    Talk to the people around you. You never know who may be a potential client, boss, or partner. It’s always a good idea to spread your business card and contact info around so people are aware of you. Airports are especially good because your message is carried over long geographic distances. Never pass up an opportunity to self-promote.

    Play a Video Game

    Freemium gaming has achieved almost full penetration into the mobile gaming market. No matter what you’re into, you can likely find a free game on your mobile device or computer that will tickle your fancy. Make sure you’re near an electrical outlet though, so you conserve battery power for the flight, where it may not be readily available.

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    Luggage Cart Races

     If you want to appease your inner child, a luggage cart race is a great way to do it. It helps to have other participants, but even solo it’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying a few laughs.

    Scavenger Hunt

    Make a list of items to search for and go out on a hunt. This is another game that’s more fun to play with a group of people, but it’s also very playable alone. Challenge yourself to find more and more random items.

    Film a Prank Show

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      An airport is a great place to pull pranks on people for YouTube videos. Just try to keep them good-natured and family-friendly or you may find yourself in a back room cavity search.

      Write a Journal

      You’re alone with your thoughts, so you may as well write them down. Keeping a journal is a great way to spark creativity, plus it’s nice to go back and read your previous writings.

      Whether it’s a flight delay caused by incremental weather or just the normal routine of waiting in line after line, traveling means spending a lot of stagnant time at the airport. With a little resourcefulness and creativity, it doesn’t have to be wasted time. Occupy your mind with these free ways to kill time in an airport, and ride a high during a routine flight delay.

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      10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

      10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

      Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

      In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

      These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

      1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

      Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

      But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

      Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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      2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

      You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

      The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

      3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

      If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

      Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

      If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

      4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

      Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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      To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

      In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

      5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

      We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

      If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

      Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

      “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

      6. Give for the Joy of Giving

      When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

      One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

      So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

      7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

      Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

      Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

      8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

      When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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      So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

      9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

      Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

      It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

      It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

      10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

      There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

      But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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      Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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