4 Little Ways To Sneak In Self-Care On A Flight

Traveling by plane can be exciting, especially when you’re visiting a new place or someone you love, but it can also be stressful. Amid delays, cancellations, and COVID-19, feeling uncertain is okay. You’re not alone. In-flight self-care can benefit both your mental and physical health.

Taking care of your body and mind can regain a sense of calm and ease travel-related stress. Furthermore, you may only have one chance to prioritize yourself during a flight. Here are a few ways you can practice self-care in flight:

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Do Some Writing

Combining the therapeutic effects of writing with thinking about a loved one produces more positive emotions. Journal your feelings offline so that you can focus on the present. Describe what you’re looking forward to or what is worrying you right now. There are also a few prompts you can follow.

Try Box Breathing.

The practice of deep breathing can help you relax. Psychotherapist Israa Nasir suggests trying a “box breathing” exercise to calm your body physiologically. Inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, then exhale for four counts either through your mouth or nose. Feel yourself unwind as often as you need to.

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Indulge In Your Skincare Routine

Dr. Zain Husain, a dermatologist in New Jersey, says skincare routines can be therapeutic and soothing. Taking care of your skin can help you reflect or wind down. Flying is the perfect time to try a face mask or skin serum. Remember to apply a moisturizer as needed on airplanes, Husain said.

Take A Nap.

Disengage from the world around you by wearing earplugs or listening to calming music. Close your eyes during the flight and get some sleep. According to Nasir, wearing a sleep mask can help you wind down more comfortably.