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Travel Tips: Fighting the Flight or Fight Response

Travel Tips: Fighting the Flight or Fight Response

Flying terrifies me.  Humans were not made for flight, just ask Icarus.  The stress of packing, airport security, cancelled flights and airplane turbulence put our bodies in an immediate fight or flight response.  Once it's triggered, this state of hyper-aware stress is hard to calm, especially at 30,000 feet above sea level.  

Tips for Flight or Flight Response

 Humans were not made for flight, just ask Icarus.  The stress of packing, airport security, cancelled flights and airplane turbulence put our bodies in an immediate fight or flight response.

Luckily, there are some mindful tricks to combat travel fatigue and make air travel as relaxing as possible.


Mala beads promote internal calm and counting the beads helps me focus during take of, turbulence, and landing of any flight.


Mala Beads

These necklaces made from 108 beads, stem from japa meditation style where each bead is counted as the meditator recites a mantra 108 times. They promote internal calm and counting the beads helps me focus during take of, turbulence, and landing of any flight.  Often made with crystals, mala can have different energies and meanings.  Finding the right mala is key, and it's best to let the universe guide you to one.  Mine current one found me at Maine Yoga Jewelry.

Maine Yoga Jewelry Mala Beads

A few drops of Doterra On Guard and Digest-Zen in my water before take off combats recycled air germs and a nervous stomach.


Essential Oils

My body stresses like crazy on airplanes, so I try to keep it calm with essential oils.  Instead of slathering pressure points in oil (nobody wants to be that neighbor on the plane) I drink food grade essential oils.  A few drops of Doterra On Guard and Digest-Zen in my water before take off combats recycled air germs and a nervous stomach.  Plus, they taste pretty awesome. 

Calm Your Fight Response

Getting up to use the inflight bathroom is good for circulation!


Hydration

I bring my own giant water bottle and fill it up at the airport.  Staying hydrated in the air helps prevent colds, dehydration, swelling, and exhaustion.  Plus getting up to use the inflight bathroom is good for circulation!


Take 1000mg of this antioxidant a few times a day on your flight to bolster your immune system. 


Vitamin C

This power antioxidant is a great addition to any traveler's bag.  Take 1000mg a few times a day leading up to an on your flight to bolster your immune system. 


I want the world to disappear while I'm in the air.


Eye Mask and Ear Plugs

I want the world to disappear while I'm in the air, so I block out the overhead lights and noisy cabin so I can sleep or meditate.


It's said meditation can prevent jet lag.  I haven't experienced it, but I know it sure makes my travel easier.


Meditation

It's said meditation can prevent jet lag.  I haven't experienced it, but I know it sure makes my travel easier.  My favorite app is Buddify, which downloads a collection of short practices you can use anywhere.  Their destress series is great on a plane!


Adaptogenic herbs are the perfect way to take the edge off. 


Adaptogenic Herbs

Ashwagandha is a miracle herb in Aryuvedic medicine.  An adaptogenic herb, it helps promote calm and destress the adrenal glands, perfect when the flight gets bumpy.  Adaptogenic herbs are the perfect way to take the edge off. 

 

Whether it's a fourteen hour flight or a two hour excursion, these tips will keep your body and mind in top shape. 

Tips for Calm Traveling

Do you have any great tips for travel sanity?  Swear by any of the above tricks? Tell me about it in the comments!

xoxo
AGB
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