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Traveling Stress-Free with IBS3 min read

Stress-free travel with IBS

You look around in a panic for the nearest bathroom. You need to get there NOW, but the plane is just about to take off and the fasten seatbelt sign is already on. Dealing with the symptoms of your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the next 15 minutes can feel like a lifetime. Sadly, many people suffer in silence and feel alone with their condition, but in reality more than 45 million Americans have IBS. That means there’s a good possibility someone else on that airplane eyeing up the bathroom for the very same reason.

The other sad fact is that IBS stops many sufferers from ever getting on that plane or traveling anywhere due to the pain, discomfort, anxiety and fear of embarrassment that it causes. But it doesn’t have to. Get a checkup with your doctor first, and then follow these tips from IBS sufferers like you. They’ll help you feel more confident about traveling with IBS.

Tip 1: Pick an Aisle Seat

Knowing you can excuse yourself whenever you want can help relieve your anxiety around IBS. Make sure you pick an aisle seat on the airplane when checking in and don’t get stuck on the inside of the booth at the restaurant.

Tip 2: Bring Your Medication

This may seem like a no-brainer, but bring your prescribed medication when you travel. You should also check with your doctor about what over-the-counter medications you can use as well to relieve your symptoms—and stock up, especially if you’re traveling overseas. Local pharmacies in other countries may not have exactly what you need or the brand you trust, so bring it with you.

Tip 3: BYOF

Speaking of bringing it with you, it’s also a good idea to BYOF, or bring your own food. Eating in new restaurants and trying foreign cuisine is a challenge for even the most iron-stomached among us. You should bring a few comfort foods from home that you know work well with your system, just in case you’re not comfortable with the culinary challenges you’ll be presented with.

Tip 4: Breathe Deeply

Anxiety is the enemy of all IBS sufferers since it can trigger your symptoms or make them worse. Breathing exercises can help relax your nervous system and help you avoid a flare-up. Breathe in deeply for a count of five, purse your lips, and blow out slowly for a count of ten. This will trick your body into feeling more relaxed, which makes it easy for your to calm your brain and your anxious thoughts.

Tip 5: Prepare for Stealth Mode

If you do have a flare-up, you can’t always choose when or where you’ll use the bathroom. This can increase your anxiety if you feel like you may suffer embarrassment. Prepare for stealth mode in case you need it. First, a well-timed flush of the toilet can help to mask embarrassing noises if you don’t have the privacy you need and want. Second, bring an odor eliminator with you, which are drops you put in the toilet water before you go to keep everything smelling fresh as a daisy. A quick search of your favorite online mega-retailer will provide plenty of options.

Tip 6: Come Clean

One of the worst things about IBS is the embarrassment many people feel about their symptoms. If you’re traveling with friends or family, it’s time to come clean about your condition. You’ll feel more relaxed, you won’t feel the need to hide the things you do to handle your symptoms, and you may even learn that someone else has the same issue (hey, there are 45 million of us!).

With a little preparation and a whole lot of bravery, you too can be a world traveler—even with your IBS. Each hurdle you overcome and success you experience will make your next trip that much easier.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 12, 2017 at 19:24

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Stress-Free Flying 1012 min read

Tips for stress-free flying

Flying anxiety is very common and can affect you at any time, no matter how often you board a plane. I personally feel that anxiety between taxi-ing along the runway and resting at 30,000 feet in the air. But it used to be much worse—staying awake at night, clammy hands, pounding heartbeats all day before a flight.

Everyone has their own tricks for calming their flying anxiety—taking note of the calm demeanor of the flight attendants, watching the takeoff out their window, or distracting themselves with noise cancelling headphones. But I want to share with you a few additional tips to help calm flying anxiety that you might not have thought of.

Get your workout in before your flight: Many people find serenity through their workouts, whether that be hitting the weight room, powering through a cycling class, or breathing your way through yoga. Making sure to fit in your go-to workout before a flight can put you in a peaceful mindset.

Charge all of your devices: What is more anxiety-inducing nowadays than getting a low power notification right before boarding a flight? Making sure your devices are charged before boarding can take some worry off your mind and allow you to focus more on using those devices to read, listen to music or even watch shows during your flight. Pro-tip: Most airlines will tell you if your seats have USB charging units, but it is always good to bring a (fully charged) portable charger with you as flight changes can be unpredictable.

Make a list of things you need to do before the flight — AND DO THEM: The overwhelming sense that you have a million and one “to-do” items running through your head during a flight can make your anxiety worse. A good habit is to make a list of what absolutely needs to get done before leaving for your trip: Fold laundry, pay bills, finish your final paper, organize your desk—any task that will bother you if left unfinished should be tackled pre-flight. Besides, do you really want to be thinking about that final paper while you’re on Mykonos Island in Greece?

Have your favorite meal before boarding: Nothing is quite as comforting as comfort food and what a better way to kick of your trip with your all-time favorite dish. Imagine how great you feel after indulging in your most-loved meal. That will definitely put you in a relaxed state of mind that is perfect for flying. And if you can find it in the airport, you can even bring the leftovers on the flight with you!

Lastly, treat yo’self: Planning a post-landing reward for yourself is another trick I use often. After getting off the flight I tend to run to the nearest coffee stand to grab a sickeningly sweet caramel macchiato. Whether it be a salty treat or a few extra zzz’s the next day, a post-flight reward can actually make you look forward to your flight.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 6, 2017 at 16:49

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Your Guide to Stress-Free, Carry-On-Only International Travel


carry-on-bag-travelChecking a bag on an airplane is expensive and inconvenient. On domestic flights, checked bag fees start at $ 25 for the first bag and skyrocket from there. While you can check your first bag for free on most international flights, you’ll still experience the inconvenience of waiting for your bags at your destination and the anxiety of not being sure they’ll be there when you need them. Nothing can spoil a trip faster than lost luggage.

But there’s a better way.

If you would like to join the carry-on only revolution, here are a few tips that will help you pack the one-and-only bag you’ll need on your next international trip.

Measure and Weigh Your Bag
Packing the right bag is just as important as what you pack inside it. For domestic flights, the standard carry-on bag size is 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches (H x W x D). International carry-on bag sizes and weight limits vary a lot, so check with your airline or online resources like the Carry-On Guy for the most up-to-date standards.

Remember the 3-1-1 Rule
Follow the 3-1-1 rule, which requires that all liquids must be stored in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and stored within a 1-quart bag, one bag per traveler. Liquids will be your biggest challenge for carry-on only travel, so pack judiciously. If you must have a particular shampoo, soap, or contact lens solution, then bring it. Otherwise, plan to buy the basics at your destination.

Pack Versatile Outfits
Bring a lot of solid colors that you can mix and match with other outfits. Heavy items like sweaters take up a lot of space, so only bring one if the weather is cold. Shoes are bulky; if you must bring more than one pair, wear your heaviest shoes and stuff the ones your packing with socks, underwear, and belts to save space. And yes, it is possible to pack a suit and other work clothes in your carry-on bag.

Use a Folding Board and Don’t Be Afraid to Roll
If you’re packing dress shirts or blouses, use a folding board, packing cubes, and compression bags to help keep them tidy and maximize the space in your bag. For casual clothing that can withstand wrinkles better, rolling instead of folding them can help save space. When you arrive at your destination, don’t keep them in your bag. Hang them up to release the wrinkles.

Keep Important Things Accessible
You’ll have many more things in your bag when traveling with a carry-on only, so organization is essential. Remember that each time you go through security and customs, you’ll be asked to remove your laptop and liquids from your bag. Keep these near the top or otherwise accessible to speed things along. Also, dedicate a pocket on an item of clothing that you’re wearing for your passport and cash – never put these in your bag.

Don’t Forget Your Personal Item
In addition to your carry-on, most airlines also allow you to bring a personal item such as a laptop bag, backpack or purse. They must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. These personal items are great for “spillover” items that don’t fit in your carry-on, as well as the must-haves that you’ll need during the flight.

If you pack smart and pare down your list to the essentials, you’ll be traveling fast, light and comfortably on your next international trip with just a carry-on bag.

Photo from The New York Times.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 22, 2016 at 21:19

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