13 nov In 8 easy steps fit on a week of short flights!
“No more passengers for me!”….
This was what an ex-colleague of mine once said to me after a full week of flying short stretches. She clarified right away with, “don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I find a week long of flying only short stretches within Europe quite exhausting”… I imagine that this could be the same when flying national stretches within a country. I invite you to continue reading my lead article about this subject. Enjoy!
Article: In 8 easy steps fit on a week of short flights!
Flying short stretches is very intense:
- with numerous starts and landings and
- hundreds of different passengers to enagage with.
- You have very irregular eating times, sometimes only managing to grab fast bites to eat in between back to back flights….
How you can look after yourself during these intensive stints, to ensure that you still feel happy and fit after your last flight? In this article i share 8 tips with you, to help you remain happy and sane when experiencing a week such as this 🙂
- Drink lots of water. It sounds a simple thing to do, but when you are busy it is easy to forget and you can quickly become dehydrated and find your energy levels flagging. Try to ensure you’re drinking 2,5 litres of water per day and see if you notice the difference.
- Take your own healthy food and snacks with you. Think about dried or fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dried fruit can provide you with an instand boost of energy and a smoothy of fresh fruit and vegetables will ensure you get the important nutrients necessary to remain healthy. At home you can take the ingredients with you to prepare your own green smoothy on board at a turn-a-round or in your hotel. Make sure you do have your attributes with you to be able to prepare this!
- Allow yourself time on a short turn-a-round to do some quick exercises. For instance, a breathing or stretching exercise can refresh you or maybe you even close your eyes for 10 minutes if time allows you to do so!
- After a stretch, before you go to sleep, make sure to “unwind”. How? Have a social drink with your crewmembers, go for a little walk outside, do some reading or listen to your favorite music.
- Do some stretching exersizes before getting into your bed. Breathe consciously, take a deap breath, hold it, exhale, exhale just a little bit longer then you normaly would do, then inhale. Repeat this a couple of times. Read more about breathing in one of my previous eZines.
- If you are lying into your bed, do a “bodyscan”. Be aware of your body. In your thoughts, you think about and relax each part of your body: start at your feet, then your ankles, your shinbones, your thighbones, your knees, upperlegs, pelvis, hips, abdomen, stomach, chest, neck, throat, shoulders, upper-arms, elbows, lower arms, wrists, hands, fingers, back, total spine, coccix. Head, mouth, nose, eyes, ears, forhead, top of your head, back of your head, lower jaw, chin. Take your time for this body check. Think about and relax your entire body. Then allow yourself to fall asleep in total relaxation.
- Early calling time? The very first thing you should do when you are out of your bed is to give yourself a conscious smile in the mirror! Now say something to yourself which makes you feel happy. Do this, watching yourself in the mirror. Make this a habit! Feel the energy and maintain it! Drink water, take a light breakfast or maybe take a smoothy that you prepared previously.
- Most importantly, always remember to be conscious of your breathing. Especially at moments you are busy and you are “running” from one aircraft to the other. Calm down! Be nice and be kind to yourself! Then you will be able to be kind and considerate to your passengers, all the way through to your last flight! In turn, this will make you feel happy!
I wish you very good flights and be sure to take good care of yourself! If you feel that you could benefit from some further guidance on how to succesfully apply and adopt the above tips, please don’t hesitate to contact me, simply by answering this email. As always, you are very welcome!