Travel Tips For The Air

I recently took a three week academic trip out of the country to the United Kingdom with a class from UW-Whitewater. I am so very grateful for the opportunity and experiences I have received from this adventure! An aspect of this trip I had not previously thought about was the plane ride. Even though many international flights are decently comfortable, a plane ride is a plane ride. And typically, they can wear you down mentally and physically. Here are some ideas you can utilize next time you have a long flight and don’t want jet-lag.


Stretch: You may see some people doing this at the airports, and that is because it helps immensely with jet lag. It’ll help loosen your muscles and relax your joints for a more comfortable flight. I stretched for 15 to 20 minutes before my 7 hour flight, and I didn’t feel tight or achy afterwards.


Stay Hydrated: While you should always stay hydrated, it is even more important on a plane. Water will help your body adjust to the altitude change and help your stomach settle if you’re a queasy flyer.

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Good For You, BAD For Your Cat

It is important to remember that just because something is good for you, it does not mean that is also good for your cat. Below are just a few examples of common harmful substances for cats. Remember that it is not a complete list. Whenever introducing something new to your household or to your pet it is a good idea to do some research to make sure it is safe for your furry friend.

  • Essential Oils
    • Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Melaleuca, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Thyme, and Birch

Essential oils can have many healing effects mentally, physically, and emotionally for people. With essential oils and diffusers becoming more popular, it is import check and see whether or not the oils you are using are safe for your cat. Toxicity can occur quickly in cats, and the liver is the organ that is most often affected. Certain essential oils can be harmful for cats if they are ingested, applied to the skin, or inhaled by you cat.

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5 Benefits Journaling Can Have on Your Health

Journaling is a way to self-reflect on your day-to-day experiences. Similarly to how you think about what you want to say, you will need to think about what you will want to write; your thoughts will no longer be caged in your mind. This form of self-expression can bring you many health benefits that engage your mind, body, and soul.

  • Boost Memory

Have you ever, in the same day, forgotten what you ate for breakfast? Although this is a small scale example, it is a reminder that we cannot remember every detail of our life, let alone every detail in our day. If there is a major experience that you want to remember for the rest of your life, journaling can help you preserve the fine details of moments like: the weather, what you were wearing, how it make you feel, what were you thinking at the time, or what you plan to do next. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Special

Picture this: You have a special someone. Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. You have yet to get them any sort of gift. Both of you are healthnuts. Box of chocolates? Nah. A dozen roses? Too cliché. Go out to dinner? Spring Break is also close so we’re watching those calories.

Well, there are plenty of alternatives you can do in order to put a smile on your better half’s face, without breaking any of these rules! Contingent on you and your partner’s interest, there are a plethora of activities/food options you can incorporate this year while celebrating the day of love.

One idea, since it’s still freezing cold here in the Midwest, is to go ice skating. Ice skating is a great cardiovascular workout that allows you to go at pace where you and your date can hold a nice conversation. Even if one of you has never skated before, this can be perfect bonding time together!

Perhaps something a little warmer to the heart (no pun intended), would be to choose an organization and volunteer together somewhere. Nothing says love like sharing it with others. There are plenty of places that would not only appreciate any help you can offer, but you and a date can feel good inside knowing you spent your time helping out a good cause.

Ok enough of the different date activities.

Everyone knows the best part of a date is the food and enjoying a tasty meal with a special someone. The two things that may be holding you back from going out to eat, is either health or money reasons. Great news! These things called grocery stores have low-cost and low-calorie foods that you can make right from the comfort of your home. Some good ideas may be a homemade pizza that includes wheat crust, low calorie sauces, and veggies for toppings. Another possible route you can take would be making a highly nutritious soup. You may even find that spending the time together to make a healthy meal, may even make the day more special, even if the food turns out terrible.

It seems that many people stress over Valentine’s Day for various reasons just to impress their crush. Like I said earlier, there are many ways you can jump into this holiday without breaking the bank and also taking a healthy route. Make 2018 the year you try something new and be creative with any date ideas you may have for your valentine.


|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|


  • Tyler Kloss