Flying is my least favorite thing, and for me, very uncomfortable, because I'm so short and the seats were made for bigger people. There are also some common ailments involved in flying such as jet lag, common colds, respiratory infections, achy joints, and even pulmonary issues. Here are few simple things you can do to help avoid these issues:
If you find that Jet Lag gets you when you fly, try Melatonin, a natural supplement. Melatonin will help to reset your biological clock after your arrival (always check with your physician). Take 1 – 3 mg each night before your new bedtime. This should usually only take about 2 days to become adjusted.
Most people get the common cold from being on a flight because air is recirculated – helping those airborne germs right into your system. And to make matters worse than that, usually the humidity on an airplane is about 10% or lower. This type of humidity level is great for helping viruses and bacteria attach to your mucous membranes lining your nose and mouth. Here’s something easy for you to do to cut down your percentage of illness: Take an Echinacea as well as two grams of vitamin C the day before your flight, before your flight, as well as the day after your flight. Also drink lots of water to keep your membranes hydrated which will decrease your odds of anything attaching to them.
To keep the neck and back pain to a minimum, bring along a small blanket and a u shaped pillow. Roll the blanket and place behind your back and the u shaped pillow will do the trick for your neck. And again, keep well hydrated to keep the joint aches and pains to a minimum.
You may not have a history of Pulmonary Issues, but sitting on a plane for a long time shows increased risk for embolisms, a potentially deadly condition where a blood clot forms in your leg. Any blood clot in your body can travel right to your lungs and cut off oxygen supply. To avoid this possible issue on long flights, take periodic walks to keep your blood circulating and not pooling in any one area. If you cannot get up and do some walking, you can keep circulated by doing leg lifts while in your seat.
Also, before, during or after your journey to your travel destination, anxiety and stress may be very high. There are specific crystals that every traveler could carry with them to sooth their nerves, to protect them from negative energy, or to simply have a concentration piece to keep their minds off of all of the things that may stress us out. See some crystals below that can help with issues of traveling and how you can use them as focal points to keep your journey a positive one.
Malachite is said to be the guardian stone for travelers. It’s a stone of change and transformation, which is extremely helpful with jet lag. This crystal assists in the energetic shift from one state to another. This crystal is also a protecting crystal from accidents and physical danger. Even just holding a Malachite crystal will help soothe your nerves.
Hematite is a crystal that helps to keep you grounded, and can help to stimulate concentration and focus which will help in any critical situation. Hematite has multiple uses: Two in particular for travel is that it’s a “stone for the mind” and it also helps strengthen blood supply. So use hematite as a worry stone or prevent leg cramps from being on a plane.
Amethyst repels negative energy. It’s a powerful stone to carry in your pocket to protect you from the evil eye, which can affect your luck while traveling. It transmutes any unwanted energy into love, emitting positivity. Amethyst is also a natural stress reliever to calm your fears, uplift your mood and inspire joy. Each morning while you’re traveling, meditate with a piece of amethyst in each hand to start your day rejuvenated and relaxed.