How to Beat Your Frequent Flying Blues

Follow these tips to beat stress and other blues if you're a frequent traveler. By Felice Tusi

If you travel regularly for business (or pleasure), then you should be quite familiar with the challenges that come with frequent flying. Pursuit of Passion recommends a few tips on how to overcome these struggles if you’re a frequent traveler.

Airport stress

Day in and day out, the airport is packed with crowds and brimming with noise—factors that could cause immense stress for any traveler. Moreover, anxiety often sets in when you have to stand for hours enduring the long queues at the immigration counter.

What to Do

  • Make it a point to arrive early. Or better yet, use the online check-in option. Follow the basic rule of getting to the airport two hours before your scheduled flight. Include an additional hour if you’re anticipating heavy traffic along the way.
  • Book early flights to avoid the mid-day rush in the airport. It is also better to fly in the middle of the week to avoid the bustle on Monday or Friday.
  • Travel light. Bring just a small luggage if you’ll only be away for a few days. No checked-in baggage means you get in and out of the terminals in no time at all.
  • Take advantage of privileges if you’re flying business class. Perks like priority boarding, upgrades and access to the fancy lounge bring a world of comfort.

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Aches, pains, and other health risks

One of the obvious challenges for a frequent traveler is battling health problems brought about by their jet-setting ways. Sitting inside the plane for an extensive amount of time can sometimes lead to headaches, back pain, and leg cramps. You are also more exposed to airborne viruses.

What to Do

  • Proper hydration is important for travelers. Low humidity levels can leave you weak and dehydrated. Drink plenty of water before boarding, while flying and after your arrival to prevent headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms.
  • Take vitamins to guard against viral infections that you might get while traveling. Bring over-the-counter medicine for fever, colds, and cough just in case you get sick.
  • Be careful with the food being served in the airplane. Meals that are rich in sugar, fat, and salt may not agree with your stomach during your travel.
  • Do a bit of stretching every hour during the plane ride to prevent cramps and formation of blood clots in the legs.

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Overcoming Jet Lag

Fatigue is also a common symptom of jet lag, or that condition when your body clock is all messed up because of crossing time zones too many times. Travelers who experience this phenomenon have trouble sleeping and staying alert. And when you lack sleep, you are more likely to get sick.

What to Do

  • Even before you fly to another time zone, make sure you’ve had enough sleep for the past several days.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol a few hours before sleeping to ensure complete rest. No heavy exercise as well in the evening!
  • To combat the side effects, stop yourself from eating heavy meals upon your arrival and stick to light healthy snacks.
  • Catch some sun by taking a morning walk. A good dose of daylight helps to reset your body clock to its regular pace.

If frequent business travel is getting you down, consider investing in a place that’s near the airport. Avida Towers Sucat is just a short drive from NAIA Terminal 1. The property offers fitness facilities like an outdoor gym, swimming pool, and jogging path to help rejuvenate your travel-weary senses. And because you’re near the airport, you don’t have to spend so much time on the road to be with your family after a long flight. With its convenient location along Dr. A. Santos Avenue, commercial areas and other places of interest are merely a few minutes away from this Avida community.