Feel good flying

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Getting ready to jet off on your hols? Or are you a regular traveller? Do you normally emerge from the plane frazzled rather than refreshed? Find it hard to adjust to the difference in temperature? Air pressure, fluctuating temperatures and jet lag can all take their toll and leave us feeling lethargic and groggy rather than ready for the holiday of a lifetime. Here, Anna Carey, takes a look at the top complaints often suffered by travellers and the ways in which these can be alleviated

Problem one: jet lag
Long haul flights may lead to an exotic destination but they can also lead to jet lag. Travelling east to west is thought to affect the body more and can result in tiredness and confusion meaning you feel less than your best. To combat jet leg naturally try these top tips:

* Avoid napping as soon as you arrive – even if you are tired after a long flight, stay active until the correct time to sleep; this will help your body adjust more quickly

* Drink plenty of water which can help with hydration, in turn improving concentration and making you feel more alert

Problem two: dry eyes
Dry cabins and fluctuating on-board temperatures can lead to dry eyes mid-flight, which can cause painful itching and inflammation

* Try switching off the air vent immediately above your seat

* Drink plenty of water

* Contact lens wearers on the go should keep to their usual routine when mid-flight and abroad to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable

Problem three: dehydrated skin
Hardcore air-conditioning and stuffy planes leave many fliers with that ‘dried out’ feeling. Once holidaymakers’ touchdown, varying temperatures and humidity can then cause heat rash and other irritations – not a great start to a holiday. To combat dry skin try:

* Drinking plenty of water before, during and after the flight

* Once on the flight remove your make-up and apply plenty of moisturiser

Problem four: low immunity
Travel to foreign countries can actually increase the risk of infection. While it’s likely we’ve been exposed to many common viruses in our home towns, we’re often subjected to a host of new viruses to which we have no immunity at our holiday destination. Nutrition is extremely important for immunity, unfortunately, when the weather hots up, we can feel less inclined to eat proper meals, and skipping them can mean that our nutrition can take a nosedive.

* Wash hands whenever you can

* Make sure that you get as many of your five a day as possible- you may be on holiday but keeping fit and healthy will mean you enjoy it more

Problem five: aches, pains and tension
Both long haul and short haul flights can be a cramped uncomfortable experience, leading to a multitude of aches and pains and an accumulation of tension. To help relieve these common gripes once in the skies try these quick and easy tips.

* Making sure you move about when on the flight whether up and down the cabin or whilst in your seat, keeping in one position will only add to the tension and could cause painful cramp

* If you are prone to drifting off once in the skies make sure you have a support for your neck, carry on pillows are a great option

* If you are an anxious flyer consider carrying on an essential oil which can be rubbed onto pressure points to help calm and comfort

Problem six: foreign germs
However well you have researched your holiday accommodation, unfortunately there is nothing to guarantee that the cleanliness will be up to scratch. Tourist attractions and public transport are also packed full of people and full of germs.

* Washing your hands and making sure surfaces are clean and sanitized is the best way to combat germs

* Avoid eating with your hands, street food is often a quick and easy option but could lead to a wasted holiday

Problem seven: painful sore throat
Long haul flights appear to pose a much higher cold infection risk. The confined cabin of an aircraft provides the ideal environment for transmitting airborne diseases such as the common cold. With up to 400 potential sources of infection at such close quarters, the chances of the infection being spread via the re-circulated air are relatively high. According to the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, experiments on exposing uninfected volunteers to the common cold infection have shown that the chances of catching a cold are directly related to the length of exposure. As a result, you’re more likely to catch a cold on a long-haul flight to the Caribbean than on a short hop to the Med.

* Immunity is your biggest defence in picking up infections, consider taking a multivitamin in preparation for travel

* Carry throat sweets with to help numb pain, these can also be used during take-off and landing to help with pressure in the ears

Problem eight: poor circulation
Cramped conditions on flights and the extended amount of time in one position can lead to poor circulation. It is important to get up and move around frequently during a flight to keep the blood flowing. You can also try the following which may help:

* Keeping active, sitting with both feet flat on the floor, flex your feet backwards and intermittently for 5 minutes every half hour and ensure you get up out of your seat at least once an hour

* Stay away from the snacks, salt is best avoided if you suffer from bad circulation and there is often an abundance on offer, try packing your own healthy snacks to avoid temptation


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