A life in the sky provides a number of challenges, including a busy schedule, or physical strains like jet lag, all which can put you through your paces, mentally and physically. So how do you go about staying healthy as Cabin Crew?
In this special blog post from Aviation Job Search, we want to focus on how you can look after yourself in your busy cabin crew career – grab a brew, put your feet up, and let’s talk a bit more about how to be kinder to yourself.
Look after your body
As we’ve mentioned above, a career in the sky can be physically demanding. Coping with changing time zones, shifts and unexpected switches to your schedule can leave your body feeling worn out and older than it is. So here are a few things you can do to keep your body in tip-top shape while you’re travelling across the globe:
- Exercise when you can: It’s hard to find a routine that fits with your schedule, but with all the travelling you’ll be doing, it’s essential that you find the time to stimulate your body, through stretching and exercising. Find an activity which can be easily done in your hotel room, and quickly if need be, like yoga, or learning some exercises with resistance bands – that way, you can make time to do this whenever you are on the ground.
- Eat well: When you’re constantly on the go, keeping track of what you’re eating can be difficult. Plan your meals ahead of your shifts, and you’ll be surprised at how much your mood and activity levels improve. It will also increase concentration levels for a better performance at work.
- Sleep: Again, this is tough if you’re shifts are constantly changing, or you have a period of very short layovers. But we can’t stress enough how essential a good few hours sleep is for your body. Make time to rest, and remove any distractions that could affect a good night’s sleep, like your phone, for example.
- Drink water: Drinking plenty of water will ensure you stay hydrated wherever you are, and this is also proven to increase concentration levels and improve the look of your skin. It also aids digestion, all of which are important if you’re always on the go. There is no universally agreed quantity of water that you should be drinking, but since it is essential for your body, make time to drink a few glasses every day.
Look after your mind
It’s hard to maintain your mental wellbeing if you’re tired and/or stressed. Relaxation techniques or meditation can help, and ensure that you’re ready to face whatever challenges the next working day holds. There are lots of meditation apps available that can guide you through the process if you’re new to it, and it only takes a few minutes each day. This can easily be done just before bed or when you wake up in the morning. It can also add a routine to your day. If you don’t fancy giving meditation a go, but still want to make more of an effort to look after your mental wellbeing, why not try writing down your thoughts to organise them better so you can understand them and why you’re thinking this way.
Prioritise your friends and family
While your job will likely keep you away from home for different periods of time, it’s important to make time to speak with friends and family when you are free. When you’re away, arrange a regular time to call home. When you are home, make the most of that time with your friends and family. The small things can make a big difference to your mood.
Enjoy your exciting new career
Working as a member of cabin crew invites plenty of opportunities to do something exciting with your spare time. You get the chance to travel to different parts of the world, and depending on your layover time, you can explore each country you land in. Enjoy this experience, and take every opportunity to try something new and learn more about different cultures. Spend time with your colleagues, where you can laugh and make memories – the most important thing is finding the time to unwind from work, even if every now and then, this only involves a bit of dining out, and then heading back to your hotel room to cosy up in bed with a good book, a glass of red and an early night. Whatever makes you happy!
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