Pilots on Quora: What would you recommend to help people decompress after a flight? What works best for you?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

I don't think you'll find many pilots experiencing the same stress you're talking about. It's pretty much a normal work day for us.

We do have some techniques to minimize the impact of the dry environment, long sitting and complex work environment. They include:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
  • Eat small healthy snacks and meals that are not too heavy.
  • Stretch often, especially your legs. Get up and move around every hour or so.
  • Don't overreact to stress or changing situations. Flying has many variables that change often. Don't sweat it, just go with the flow.
  • Walk and take the stairs as often as possible. When you complete your flying day, exercise and/or swim. Take a nice shower and refresh.
  • Relax with a cup of Herbal tea and some mellow music. Catch a sunset and/or walk outdoors. Sit outside and just listen to the sounds around you.
  • Call your wife/kids/significant other/family while on the road.

I'm sure many of us have more ideas and tricks to keep our work day stress low. These are just some of my routines.

Thomas Zerbarini

Pilots on Quora: What would you recommend to help people decompress after a flight? What works best for you?

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