For many, travelling abroad in the New Year is just the ticket to escaping built-up Christmas stress and January blues.
However, plane travel – and the associated delays, turbulence, tight spaces and horrid jet lag – ironically is often the cause of more stress.
If you’re going away early next year and are worried about the difficulties of plane travel, we have a quick guide to blissful boarding and mindful-movement as you jet off to your destination.
Try not to eat a big meal 24 hours before you are due to fly as this will affect your digestion and add to the discomfort of flying. Choose hydrating drinks and skip coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks which can magnify the dehydrating effects of a plane cabin.
Get a relaxing treatment
If you find flying particularly stressful, it may be helpful to treat yourself to a relaxing massage or reflexology session to calm your nerves before you go. Yoga and pilates can also help with restoring a sense of inner peace and helps your mind to focus. Aim to book in an appointment the week before you go so the effects will stay with you when you come to boarding the plane.
Inhale and exhale
Boost your in-flight circulation by staying active while at the airport and once you get on the plane. Take the stairs instead of the lift/escalator and have a look around the shops. After boarding, make an effort to walk around the cabin a couple of times to stretch your legs. Be sure to focus on your breathing while you are on the plane – inhaling and exhaling smoothly to keep yourself calm and relaxed.
Once you have reached your destination, combat jet lag straight away by going for a walk and kick-starting your circulation and metabolism. Choose light meals that are nutritious and help to remove toxins and fluids from your body. Green tea will help ease water retention and salads will fill you up without making you feel sluggish or bloated.