Flatten Your Fear Of Flying With A Logical Approach

When it comes to flying, fears are common. So much so, in fact, that at least 1 in 3 adults are either afraid or anxious to fly. That’s a significant amount when you consider that even small aircraft seat 189 individuals. That means, as you sit in your chair gripping the armrests, a good few others are doing the same. And, such fears are only worsening as high-profile accidents grace our screens on a regular basis. If you weren’t afraid before, you will be once you’ve watched a plane fall from the sky on the evening news. And, these things typically happen right before you’re due to head off.

It makes sense, then, that there’s so much focus on helping individuals overcome fears like these. We’re often told that there’s more chance of being killed by a donkey than a plane. There’s certainly more chance of having an accident at work, and we brave that reality on a daily basis. Still, these statistical reassurances rarely put our minds at ease when the engine starts. In fact, if you get that far, you’ve done well. Some people experience such extreme fear that they fail to get themselves up those plane steps.

In truth, there are countless guides about how to overcome this issue. Common options include:

  • Hypnosis
  • Therapy
  • Facing the fear
  • Calming techniques and coping mechanisms

And, each of these works for thousands of people every year. But, if you’ve attempted every method under the sun, it’s crucial you don’t give up hope. Sure, that overnight hypnosis recording didn’t do the trick, but there are other options. Perhaps you just need to follow a more logical route. While therapies and such work for many, some of us aren’t perceptive to such techniques. This is often the case for straightforward thinkers, who would be better served by the following pointers.


Do the research you’re afraid to do

The first step is to get around to that research you’ve been afraid to do before now. Often, we avoid facing the facts and reality because we think they’ll make us more afraid. And, in some cases, that’s precisely what happens. For example, every pregnant woman knows not to watch birth videos. That’s just asking for trouble.

But, when it comes to flying, doing the right research will go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. There’s no way around it. There’s a good reason for the whole donkey rumour. You could even write these reassuring statistics down, and take them on board with you. Make a note of the fact that between 1988-2010, there was only 3,288 reported aeroplane related deaths. Take heart, too, in the fact that, when Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, released their safety report for 2017, there were NO crashes on passenger planes. For a whole year! That’s the lowest rate on record and a sure sign that this already safe travel method is getting even better. If you feel yourself getting nervous as you wait for takeoff, returns to these figures. Take heart in them, and know that numbers and logic are on the side of safety.

Consider the fantastic things planes have done

It might also help to consider some of the fantastic things planes have done in the past. You can get a taster for that by looking into some flight-based world records. A fantastic one to remember is May 1987, when the AN 124 broke a world record by covering 20,151 km without refuelling. That’s no mean feat given that this plane remains one of the largest in the world. If it can manage that, you’ve nothing to worry about from your tiny (in comparison) passenger plane. Other records of note include the most passengers on a commercial flight, coming in at 1088. If planes can manage this kind of magic, why are you stressing yourself out so much?

Pay attention to the safety announcement

When you have a fear of flying, it’s natural to switch off during the safety announcement. You know how it is; you close your eyes as soon as the flight attendants take to the aisles. The whole thing only reminds you of the possibility of a crash. And, that’s not what you need when you’re battling with fear. In truth, though, your anxiety will only increase if you don’t know what to do if something should happen. So, instead of switching off, pay attention. That way, you can rest easy that there is a plan in place should anything happen.


Coping with a Loss of Hearing


Those of us who are lucky enough to have perfect hearing take it for granted. We listen to the birds singing in the trees, enjoy our favorite musical artists and engage in the art of conversation with friends and loved ones with ease. So, when we start to experience hearing problems, it can be shocking and upsetting.

Many people struggle to cope with hearing problems and deafness, but it is important that, if you’re going through that right now, you do get to grips with it, be proactive and make the best of the situation.

To help you with that, here are some important steps you should take as soon as you notice a degradation in your hearing:

Have a Hearing Test

If you feel like your hearing is suffering, then you simply must get a hearing test as soon as you possibly can. A professional audiologist will be able to determine if your hearing is starting to go, how bad it is and what course of action needs to be taken, whether that’s a hearing aid fitting or a simple expunging of wax from your ear canals. The sooner you know, the better it will be for your health outcome, and the sooner you will be able to come to terms with the issue.

Find Coping Strategies

If it turns out that you are experiencing irreversible hearing loss to any degree, if you want to be able to cope with it as well as possible, you will need to find coping strategies to get you through. This could be as simple as wearing a hearing aid when you’re meeting friends, to declining invitations to loud gigs that you know will make things worse, learning how to read lips or working out which environments are best avoided if you want to feel as comfortable as possible. Find what works for you and stick with it even if it sometimes inconveniences others.

Attend a Support Group

Losing your hearing can be pretty upsetting, which is why it is never a bad idea to find a local support group where you can meet up with other people who are experiencing the same thing. If you’re able to share your story with others, you will feel less alone, and the new friends you make will help you to cope because they will know exactly what it feels like too.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Many people who experience hearing loss end up isolating themselves because they feel self-conscious about their hearing aids or they feel like they’re being a nuisance when they struggle to hear what people are saying to them. This is one of the worst things you can do because the more you lock yourself away from the real world, the more down and depressed you’re likely to get about your situation, You’re also going to be less able to adapt to your new situation if you stay locked away.

People with hearing loss and those who are deaf can live just as happy, fulfilling life as others – you just have to give yourself the opportunity to do just that.

Wholly Recovering Body and Mind After Serious Injury


Injuries are never good. We hope to go through life being and remaining as injury-free as possible. However, life doesn’t always have the same idea, and sometimes you will succumb to an injury that was not your fault, but you are forced to suffer through it anyway.

When this sort of thing happens, it can have detrimental effects on both body and mind. While you might tell yourself that everything is okay and that you will leap out of bed and back to the world as quickly as you can, the potential for underlying issues still lingers.


Sure, it is a cliche, but it is a cliche for a reason. Only fools rush in and end up causing a total mess of everything (okay, that is not the exact quote). But when recovering from an injury, it is good to bear in mind when considering just how ready you are.

It is uncomfortable and distressing and just mentally defeating to hold yourself back even if you feel fine after an injury. However, the body does take time to heal, and so ensuring that you do not push yourself too hard during and just after recovery will save you from any further issues later on in life.


While much of the pain will be concentrated to your limbs and body parts, you also need to consider the mental aspects that such injuries can cause. This is especially true if you suffered an injury doing something you love like football or climbing. The mental barrier will often need to be breached if you are to get back to how you were.

Furthermore, mental strain can be exacerbated by poor medical care, and so seeking out a medical malpractice attorney will put your mind further at ease when coming to terms with, and eventually overcoming, your issues. You expect to be taken care of in the best way possible and so discovering that something went wrong somewhere along your road to recovery means that someone needs to be held accountable.


It may take a while, but you will be able to get back to normal. This, however, will not happen overnight and you need to ensure that you can surround yourself with a group of supportive friends and family to make getting back to real life more comfortable.

There might be times where you believe you can’t do something, or an event or location brings back bad memories. It is okay to feel nervous during these times, and you should ensure that you do not push yourself, nor let anybody else push you if you do not want to.


As with most things in life, recovering wholly takes time. But remembering to take it slow, to not rush in, and to ensure that you are in the right place mentally will make your transition back to work or play or merely just outside much, much easier. It is only natural to still feel the sting of your issues at first, but keeping a strong head to go with that strong body will get you back to normal in no time at all.

3 Trendy Tricks For A More Sophisticated Style

We all want to have the most elegant and chic personal style possible, with smart shoes, tailored trousers and perfect purses. It is often a challenge to change up our fashion sense as we grow as individuals but we can hone in on the finer details and make sure we are always dressing in a way that is true to ourselves. It is a balancing act to stay comfortable and keep on top of the latest trend, but it can be achieved. Instead of waking up each morning in despair with nothing to wear you will soon be able to saunter smoothly to work or a social event with a new found air of elegance and effortlessness.


  1. The Devil Is In The Detail

How often to you clock that loose thread on your friend’s jacket? It is an irritating little piece of cotton which could easily be sorted out, but for some reason you can’t take your eyes of this flaw. You need to make sure that your wardrobe is preened to perfection and you are looking dapper at every time of the day. Forget the hanging buttons and falling hems it is time to get on top of the details. Head to your local dry cleaners where they will be able to hem trousers and tailor your jackets to fit you perfectly. Paying attention to the minor details is the best way to bring sophistication into your style.

  1. Individuality

When we were younger we all went through that awkward stage when we wore clothes that didn’t quite fit us or suit our personal style. Not being afraid to be an individual is one of the most effective ways to achieving the style of your dreams. You don’t need to follow the latest trends in order to be considered stylish; some of the most fashionable icons march to the beat of their own drum and they own it. Wear the clothes that make you feel happy, comfortable and empowered and you won’t step a foot wrong in any outfit you wear.

  1. Beautiful Basics

The basics of your wardrobe are the skeleton for each outfit you put together. Investing in good quality, flattering basics with help you to mould your outfits around these chic designs, meaning your outfit will be perfectly put together. Every fashionista needs three essential basics which she can turn to in times of need. Firstly, you need to find your favourite pair of jeans, which flatter your figure and will last a long time. Next you need a wonderful winter coat which will set you apart from the crowds, you should feel like a rock star every time you throw it on over your outfit. Finally, a little black dress is an essential for every woman; whenever you can’t decide what to wear this will be your go to jaw-dropper.

Avoid those early morning fashion disasters by planning your outfits in advance. Get the minor details all sorted and you won’t have to panic about any potential pitfalls in your style. Let your individuality shine and find the style which makes you smile.

Five Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Hiking Vacation

If you are planning a hiking vacation this year, you might want to take the adventure to the next level. From hidden beauty to trails that introduce you to ancient culture, and treetop accommodation, there are several ways of spicing up your hiking vacation and making the most out of your time spent close to nature. Below you will find a few unusual ways to do so.


  1. Get a Local Guide

The best way to explore areas that are not well known is getting a local guide. Don’t settle for the usual tours that most tourists go on; get in touch with a local tour operator who will be happy to share the hidden secrets of the area, and the myths surrounding geological features. You will be able to find your local guide in national directories, or by visiting a tourist office. Remember that the most knowledgeable person might not be on the high street. You might also want to check out G Adventures Machu Picchu Hike to experience local living and ancient cultures.   

  1. Stay In the Canopy Layer

Some tours and hiking vacation packages allow you to book a hotel in the canopy layer of the rainforest, and sleep listening to the sound of nature. You will love the tranquility and the different perspective this type of hiking vacation offers, and you can really experience what it is like to live alongside different species.

  1. Try EcoTourism

To make your hiking tour even more memorable, you could book an Eco lodge that has an outdoor fresh water shower, and is powered by wind and solar energy. You can try organic local food, and detox at the same time. Eco tours are generally operated by local organizations, and the majority of the income is reinvested in preserving the ecosystem and protecting vulnerable species in the region. You can meet famous and passionate conservationists who will tell you everything they know about the ecosystem and its vulnerabilities.

  1. Combine Yoga and Hiking

You could also go on a yoga vacation that combines outdoor living, healthy eating, and hiking with yoga. Your retreat will deliver several spiritual and physical benefits. Whenever you feel like you would like a break from the civilization, you can visit one of the yoga retreats in the forest, exploring the surroundings on foot in the day, and starting and ending the day with yoga and meditation.

  1. Stay With Tribes

The best way of finding out more about the life of people in remote areas is by living with them. You can book your accommodation in a mountain town or village, and eat, sleep, and party with the locals. Find out more about the customs, traditions, and beliefs of people living by the mountains.

Making the most out of your hiking vacation and taking your experience to the next level is a great way of getting closer to nature. Whether you are looking to explore ancient cultures  or local biodiversity, there is a perfect tour waiting for you.

Five Tips to Stay Comfortable While Looking Fab

For most of us, going to the races or a party causes a lot of headache. We might need to take hours to get our hair done and choose the right dress, just to be hiding all the time in the corner because of an uncomfortable shoe or a broken zip. If you would like to look stunning and feel comfortable at the same time next time you go out with the girls, or when you go to see the races, check out our five tips below.

Party Dress Fashion

  1. Choose the Right Fit

The main reason why people’s clothes get ruined during parties and races is because they don’t choose the right fit dress. If you decide to spend hundreds of pounds on a dress, get it from a place that offers free alterations. You need to stay glam, and this means that you must have the right fit you can move around in. There is nothing worse than having to adjust your dress or your bra sticking out at the front every couple of minutes. It will take all the fun out of going out.

  1. Inspect Stitching and Buttons

Before you head out for the night or the day, you will need to eliminate the risks of getting exposed or embarrassed by inspecting the buttons and stitching. They have a bad habit of breaking at the worst possible time. You might also want to take a scarf or a bolero with you, in case something breaks, or someone decides to spill red wine on your outfit. It is necessary to be prepared for the worst, so you can enjoy your night out.

  1. Have a Spare Pair of Shoes

If you have to take a taxi or drive to the event, maybe take public transport, you might want to wear another pair of shoes on the way, so you are not killing your heels and soles before you arrive. You might also want to check whether you would benefit from insoles available at biopods.com, so you can stay on your feet, enjoy the company and the entertainment, and have a pain-free experience.

  1. Get Spare Tights

Ladders on tights happen at the worst possible times. If you can, you should take some spare ones in your handbag, so you can go to the toilet and change. However, a clear nail varnish can also be a lifesaver, too. It can stop the tights from running further, and you can still look good on that group photo with the girls. Tights are the easiest to break, and you don’t want to be hiding in the corner or behind other people because of them.

  1. Fix Your Looks

Having your hair done and spending hours at the beauty salon, just to have it ruined by rain and wind is one of the most annoying parts of being a glam woman. Ask your beautician to fix your makeup and your hair, so it will resist rain or shine. Take some spray with you, and check your makeup regularly in a small pocket mirror, so no photo opportunity will catch you unaware and unprepared.

Looking good and feeling comfortable should not be a compromise. Make sure you are making precautions to enjoy your special events.

Home Emergencies? Not On Your Watch!

You don’t ever want to have to deal with anything going wrong in your home. Even small problems are annoying, but larger emergencies are even less pleasant to deal with. It can cause you panic and stress, and could cause great damage to your home too. The best way to avoid home emergencies is to take precautions to prevent them. It’s better to focus on prevention than to risk having to deal with an emergency if it arises. But what sort of thing should you be looking out for that might lead to a disaster in your home?

Take Fire Safety Precautions

A fire in your home could spread more quickly than you realize. If you’re asleep or out of the house when the fire starts and you don’t notice, it could cause a lot of damage or even be deadly. Fire safety in your home is important, so consider the precautions you can take to prevent fires. Firstly, it’s important to be sensible with anything that could potentially cause a fire, from candles and cigarettes to reflective items left sitting in the sun. It’s also important that you know if there’s a fire, so either smoke or heat alarms are essential. Some tools can help you tackle small fires too, such as extinguishers or fire blankets. However, make sure you know how to deal with different types of fire before using these products.


Buy Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Another type of alarm that is wise to have in your home is a CO alarm. Carbon monoxide has no odor, and you can’t see it either. If there’s a leak or gas buildup in your home, it could go unnoticed, causing serious illness or even death. It’s a good idea to have an alarm by your gas furnace or other gas appliances. You should ideally have one on each floor of your home too. The sooner you detect carbon monoxide, the quicker you can deal with it. You might need to call your energy provider or perhaps local gas safety number.

Get Your Gas Appliances Checked

Of course, preventing any problems with carbon monoxide and other issues caused by gas appliances is important too. If you service your heating system, you can prevent a wide range of problems. As well as ensuring the safety of your home, it will keep your heating system efficient, so you don’t have to deal with any inconvenient issues. If you have any other gas appliances, such as a gas range or gas heater/fire, you should ensure they get checked regularly too. A qualified professional should check these appliances for you because they know what to look for.

Check Your Electrics

Electrical circuits and electrical items around your home have the potential to pose a danger too. They could cause fires or potentially electrocute you if something has deteriorated or damaged. You can have an electrician check both the electrics in your home and the electrical appliances you use. You don’t have to do it too often. Every five or ten years is usually fine for the electrics in your home unless you notice that something is wrong. Some people recommend getting appliances checked a bit more often, but most people generally don’t bother.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, which isn’t something you want to happen in your home. Freezing temperatures could pose a danger to older pipes, in particular, but you can prevent the problem from occurring. Ensuring that both internal and external pipes are well insulated can stop the cold from getting to them, so you don’t need to worry about them freezing over. In many modern homes, it’s not too much of a concern anyway, especially if you like somewhere that doesn’t get too cold.

Survey Your Roof

If there are problems with the roof of your home, it can cause all kinds of issues. Leaks and drafts can cause other problems that affect the structure of your house. Preventing any issues is better than having to deal with them later, so taking care of your roof is smart. It’s a good idea to check your roof once or twice a year, at least, to see if there’s any damage that needs repairing. You can check both the exterior and the interior. It’s best not to get on your roof yourself, though. A professional roofer can fix any issues with the right safety equipment, but you can still check your roof from the ground.

Secure Entrances

Feeling safe in your home is essential, and one emergency you don’t want to deal with is a break-in. If you don’t want to leave your home vulnerable, making sure any entrances are secure is important – and that goes for both doors and windows. You might think everything is secure, but locks and latches can malfunction. It’s worth keeping an eye on any points of access in your home to ensure that they are secure and will protect you and your home. It’s also useful to keep any security devices in working order too, such as house alarms or cameras.

Look After Your Plumbing

Blocked pipes, toilets or other parts of your home’s plumbing can cause flooding, bad odors, and more. If you want to prevent these issues from happening, you need to take care of your plumbing. Ensuring you only put the right things down drains and plugholes is vital if you want to keep your plumbing healthy. Items like sanitary products, food or hair need to stay out of your plumbing system if you want it to stay healthy. It’s not always easy to prevent things getting clogged in your drains, but you can clear them either by hand or with a plunger or perhaps a drain cleaner product. However, it’s important not to use drain cleaning solutions too often as they can damage the pipes.

Preventing a home emergency is much better than trying to tackle it when it occurs. Take care of your home, and you have a good chance of stopping emergencies.