Last time we covered how to stay healthy during long ass flights (the new Mile High Club: bringing your own healthy food on the plane!). Today I will give you some tips on how to keep your sanity when flying to different parts of the world. We all know the age old tricks of bringing a book or the Lonely Planet for your travel destination. But sometimes books get old, you know?
- Put your favorite TV series (mine atm: scrubs!) and/or movies on your laptop. Make sure your laptop is fully charged and you bring headphones. If you have an intercontinental layover, purchase an adapter so you can charge your laptop on your stop.
- The days before you leave, search for interesting articles online and open them in new tabs on your laptop. read while on the plane.
- Hate wasting time (like a certain person I know…)? Open all unanswered emails in new tabs and write replies during your flight. Send when you have internet connection again and voila.
- Write a long, hand-written letter to someone you care about
- Bring your notebook or moleskin and let your creativity run wild. Create recipes, a new workout schedule, think of topics for blog posts, write your christmas wishlist, make a list of positive affirmations, write your bucket list….
- Want to sleep on the flight? Bring melatonin and knock yourself out. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body that gives your body the signal to go to sleep. It’s a non-invasive and non habit forming supplement that makes you sleepy and tired. (Note: for me it has worked wonders in the past, but no luck on this flight, bummer).
- If you’re into it: meditate. Sometimes for me dedicating myself to meditate can be hard because there’s always things to do, places to go. Err, not so much in your 40×40 airplane cubicle. Use Mala beads if you’re new to meditation (or download some guided meditation and transfer to your phone!).
Since last post I thought of another thing to keep in mind when flying to consider your health. Every time we fly we are exposed to quite some radiation. And some say the security portals at the luggage check are even worse than flying itself. Radiation forms free radicals in the body (like smoking and stress), which are responsible for premature aging and chronic disease like cancer. Here are two things you can do to if you are concerned about radiation:
- Eat lots of antioxidant rich foods before, during, and after your flight. Berries (blueberries acai, berries and Goji berries in particular), raw cacao (or very dark chocolate if raw cacao is not an option), nuts, organic red wine and fruits are all rich in antioxidants.
- At the security check, request a hands-on check instead of the electric portals. If you’re a woman, simply say you are pregnant. If you are a guy…. well you can always try, eh?
What are your tips for flying?