Sitting down can be incredibly exhausting, as anyone who’s ever had a long flight will know. Being static for hours on end can make a person tired and depleted, and for anxious fliers it can be very difficult to unwind. Flight agencies are dedicated to making your travel experience seamless and stress-free: try some of the suggestions below to help make your travelling experience as relaxing as possible.
Meditation can take many forms but all are of benefit in cultivating feeling of relaxation and stability. The lotus position is traditional but if this is uncomfortable or impractical for you it is possible to meditate sitting up, lying down or even standing up – mediation can be done anytime, anywhere. Meditation at it’s essence involves focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all other mental activity, in aid of slowing down and stilling the mind, allowing a sense of peace to develop. Closing ones eyes to help the mind slow down, and then bring your focus to something; it could be an image of a candle flame, a peaceful natural scene or a concept, such as serenity or patience.
Those who are unfamiliar with pilates or yoga are often intimidated by it; images of pretzel people come to mind and make the uninitiated thing that yoga is complex and painful, but the reverse it true. People at any age and any level of fitness or flexibility can practice yoga and pilates in the form of basic stretching exercises. Stretching your back, shoulders, neck and legs will help to relieve these common points of tension and will generate better circulation. DVT is often associated with long flights, so it is never more important to stretch than in between flights to improve circulation and also to relax.
You don’t need to be a qualified in the art of massage to massage yourself in simple, practical ways. Take your shoes off and rub your feet and lower legs in a slow circle motion to relax the muscles and help blow flow. Apply the same motion gently to your scalp, temples and jaw; these areas can hold a surprising amount of tension. Also massage your neck and upper shoulders by gently squeezing your cupped hands on them.
Visualisations are a powerful way to relax the mind and body. Either by creating an idyllic scene or recalling a happy memory you can induce feelings of contentment, calm and joy. Try to create, or recreate, as many details of the experience as possible including sounds, smells and sensations that you will you as immersed in the experience as possible.
Proper nourishment is incredibly important to a sense of balance and well being. Flying is extremely dehydrating so it is important to drink two litres of water or more over each twenty four hour period. Having regular snacks at intervals of four hours will maintain glucose levels and will help to keep strung-out, cranky and anxious feelings at bay. Having hot caffeine-free tea such as chamomile or lemongrass will help you to unwind.