7 Natural Tips for Less Stressful Air Travel

Traveling can be stressful, especially when you have to navigate an airport. Many people end up stressed and sick after a big travel day, but there are steps you can take to make the experience more relaxing. Try these 7 tips to make air travel easier and more pleasant.

Prepare your body. In the days preceding your travel plans, be extra concious of your health. Get plenty of sleep. Drink plenty of water. Eat wholesome, unprocessed foods. These simple things will make sure your immunity is at its strongest for the rough travel conditions ahead. If you are inclined, take some echinacea in the days leading up to your travel day to help make your body as strong as possible. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport on your travel day so as to minimize the stressful effects of rushing.

Find a peaceful place to wait. Once you’re through security, find a peaceful place to wait and read — maybe an unused waiting area. Play some of your favorite music on your headphones, and focus on taking conscious breaths. Security is the stressful part, so relaxing and reviving yourself before you board can lower your blood pressure back to normal and make your whole travel experience more enjoyable.

Avoid the salt & sugar. If you want to avoid post-flight bloating and uncontrolled overindulging, nix excess salt and sugar on your travel day. Snacks like jerky, whole fruit, unsalted nuts, and veggie sticks are great for carrying-on with you, and will dissuade you from buying that overpriced Snickers bar at the airport convenience store. If you get the craving for a comforting snack, bring some very dark chocolate, which incidentally may also reduce stress levels. Just be sure to keep your sugar intake low, as sugar may also suppress immunity.

Move your joints. Every 30-60 minutes, be sure to get some movement in your joints to avoid the swelling and cricks related to cramped inactivity. Even if you can’t get up to take a quick stroll down the aisles once you’re en route, roll your ankles and gently activate your glutes to keep the blood flowing in your legs. Be sure to exercise regularly in the days preceding and following your flight.

Carry-on your creature comforts. You have a limited amount of space in your carry-on, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself comfortable. Bring a soft scarf or your coziest sweatshirt — even slippers if you’re so inclined. Small comforts cannot be overestimated for a long, cramped flight. If you find yourself getting anxious on flights, bring a small vial of lavender essential oil — or really anything lavender-scented — as lavender has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress.

Sleep. On a long flight, utilize noise-cancelling headphones and an eye mask to get some shut-eye, which will make the entire ordeal easier on your body. Even if you can’t sleep, try meditating for 20 minutes, or at the very least indulge in an engrossing novel. Simply put, allow your body to relax as much as you can.

Think happy thoughts. Your mind is incredibly powerful. Instead of sitting on  the flight worrying about what you have to do when you land, or worse, whether the plane will make a clean landing, think positively. Positive thinking has a huge effect on our physical beings. It can ward off illness, improve mood, and reenergize your body. You’ll feel much better post-flight — and in life, generally — if you think positively.

Whether you travel a lot or just once in a while, flying can be a more relaxing experience by taking a few precautions. All the lines, security screenings, sneezing/crying children, and tight seating arrangements don’t need to rain on your travel day. Treat your body and mind with respect and travel mindfully, and your travel experience will be a lot more tolerable.

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Peggy Babout a month ago

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