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The Top 10 Airlines To Consider For Your Next Trip

The Top 10 Airlines To Consider For Your Next Trip

Traveling can be stressful and choosing which airline to take can sometimes be a difficult decision. If you’re in need of some help, consult the list below for the top ten world’s best airlines as ranked by the 2014 World Airline Awards. Of course, all of these airlines are on this list for a reason, so choosing any one of them for your travels will surely not disappoint.

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

Jumping up five spots from sixth place last year to first this year is Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong. Having place number one previously in 2009, Cathay Pacific has a reputation for comfortable seating in all classes as well as delicious in-flight meals.

2. Qatar Airways

Want to relax in cozy seating and enjoy an awesome entertainment system? Then Qatar Airways might be for you. Having the friendly cabin crew around doesn’t hurt either.

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3. Singapore Airlines

Maintaining its place in third is Singapore Airlines. This airline’s vessels include in-seat power supplies for its passengers as well as individual reading lamps. The seats are also designed to minimize space invasion of those behind you, so feel free to recline without feeling as bad.

4. Emirates

Although it lost its first place spot from 2013, Emirates is still known for its luxury and comfort. The airline even has a first class bathroom and shower spa!

5. Turkish Airlines

Coming in at fifth is Turkish Airlines which lives up to its reputation for great hospitality. It is expected to experience an increase in passengers this year thanks to better trade and travel.

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6. ANA All Nippon Airways

Dropping a couple of spots this year is Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Looking for undisturbed relaxation? Closed-off areas provided in first class seating will definitely do the trick.

7. Garuda Indonesia

As the flag-carrier airline for Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia has become renowned for its positive global customer satisfaction and was even awarded the “World’s Best Airline Cabin Crew” recognition.

8. Asiana Airlines

Overall excellence and extremely high standards since its founding in 1988 brings South Korea’s five-star rated Asiana Airlines to eighth place this year.

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9. Etihad Airways

Ranking ninth is another airline from the United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways provides comfortable and cozy business class seating.

10. Lufthansa

Lufthansa from Germany makes the top ten cut this year. It is the largest airline in Europe and is praised for its stylish and spacious economy seating.

And the world’s best airline is… | CNN

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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