Good for your bag of in-flight stress relief tips
Down on the ground you might shun every new-age fad without a second thought, but it’s fair to say that at some point during a long-haul flight just about all of us would stand on our heads and gargle green tea if it made us a little more comfortable.
Yes, twelve hours in the same seat can do funny things to people – funny enough even to make them reach out for yoga. You may swear by a couple of glasses of wine and endless Golden Girls re-runs to get you through the flight, but try a few yoga techniques to relax naturally instead.
When you think about it, yoga is the perfect mid-air stress reliever: designed to relax and unify both body and mind, leaving you at piece and completely unaware of that child relentlessly kicking you from behind. It’s not the easiest thing to practice in such a confined space, but there are a number of ways of loosening up while still in your seat.
Why not give these simple tips and exercises a try next time you’re on-board…
- Place a pillow or rolled-up item of clothing behind your lower back to restore the natural curvature of your spine.
- Wear ear plugs to shield your ears from the tiresome drone of engine and cabin noise.
- If you feel tense, try to breathe slowly and evenly in and out through your nose. This will help your nervous system regain its balance.
- Place your elbow on the arm rest with your palm horizontal and facing the ceiling. Bring your other palm across to meet it and feel a gentle stretch in your forearm. Repeat on the opposite side.
- With your hands on the armrest, inhale a breath and at the same time slowly tilt your head to look up at the ceiling before exhaling and lowering your chin onto your chest, bending forward a little to arch your back. Do this four or five times.
- Place your left hand on your right knee and inhale as you slowly turn your body to look over your left shoulder. Exhale and return to a forward-facing position before repeating the exercise a few times and then swapping sides.
- Use both hands to raise one knee up to your chest as you inhale. Hold it there for a few breaths and then repeat with the other knee.
Let us know your tips and tricks for surviving those seemingly endless long-haul flights.