A Life Less Uncomfortable

Hello and welcome to a “A Life Less Uncomfortable” a site that agrees wholeheartedly with Alan Whicker …

“Any fool can be uncomfortable”

So why not put a bit of effort into getting comfortable, life is so much nicer :) Here’s what we’ve been discussing recently

7 Ways to Get Comfortable On a Plane

a-man-looks-down-a-plane-isleAlthough everyone would probably like to fly first class, it is not an option for many of us. Sleeping on a long flight might prove difficult since getting into a comfortable position is almost impossible due to cramped seats, small amounts of leg room, or unrelenting noise.

Fortunately, there are ways to turn your time aboard a plane into a first class experience. To help you achieve ultimate comfort, below are seven ways to get comfortable on a plane.

1. Wear comfortable clothes
When it comes to a stress-free flight, wearing comfortable clothing is essential. As such, you should dress in loose and stretchy clothing such as a soft shirt and comfortable undergarments. Because airplanes tend to get a little bit chilly, bringing an extra pair of socks and a sweater is advisable.

2. Drink water
If you are having trouble sleeping while on a plane, you should try drinking water. Staying hydrated is known to help people sleep. As a matter of caution, you should avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol, both of which can either disrupt your current sleep or make it hard for you to fall asleep.

3. Bring headphones
Switch your electronic device on and plug in the headphones to escape the noise. Using active noise canceling headphones is the best option since they create a barrier that is effective in erasing lower-frequency sound waves and blocking out high-frequency sound waves. None are provided on the plane, which means you may have to pack some for your flight.

4. Move and stretch
Stretching and moving about helps to release muscle tension and improve blood circulation, both significantly beneficial to your overall health. Remember, muscular contraction is necessary when it comes to maintaining blood flow, especially after sitting for extended periods.

As such, you should do a lap or two up and down the aisle every hour or so, and flex your toes every time you remember to when seated. Your clothing should also allow for free movement.

5. Recline and kick up your feet
Reclining your seat might help you to achieve better sleep, especially since you probably prefer reclining over sitting up straight while you sleep. As such, leaning back as far as your seat allows might serve you best, particularly because it is known to relieve lower back pains.

Although giving yourself sufficient legroom to stretch out and bringing your body as close as possible to 180 degrees is difficult, try to kick up your feet. If you are tall, ensure the space under the seat in front remains free.

You can use your carry-on bag to kick up your feet if legroom isn’t a top concern. The carry-on bag shouldn’t be large enough to take up all the space since you need some room for your feet. You can remove your shoes for optimal comfort, although you need to have comfortable socks on.

6. Adjust the headset
Cushioning your head suspends your tailbone, relieves pressure on your spinal cord, and makes airplane seats feel a lot more comfortable, especially if you are not entirely reclined. If you are not carrying a neck pillow and not provided with one, you are not completely doomed if the plane you are on has adjustable headrests.

Folding the flaps inward helps to ensure your head does not roll back and forth. You should, therefore, try to secure an airplane pillow while boarding, fold it in half, and then place it on one shoulder. It will work as a backward U-shaped pillow, providing a comfortable place to rest your head.

7. Sprawl out
You should be on the lookout for empty rows and claim any that you find. Raising the armrests and stretching out over three seats feels the same as being in first class. You can still work with an empty middle seat if it’s the only one available next to you.

While small individuals can curl up, you should try to flip your body such that your back is to the plane’s side if you are tall, and lift both armrests. Place what you have behind your back, anything capable of serving as a cushion.

Cross your legs on the middle seat in front after wedging your head into the window opening since it might help you to achieve optimum comfort.

6 Surprising Tips to Make Your Home More Comfortable

a-comfy-homeNothing feels better than coming home after a long day out, whether at school, work, or just out and about, and sinking into your favorite couch or chair. You may have even fantasized about it a little on the way home. Taking off your shoes, putting on your favorite comfy clothes, grabbing a book or the remote and just relaxing. If you’re home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like it to be, or if you can’t yet get that relaxing feeling from your home, take heart! There are ways to fix that. Here are six tips to get that cozy, comfy feeling that may surprise you.

1. Mix and Match

Everything in your home does not have to match! Mix it up a bit. Have a favorite, soft velour chair? Get a sweet, soft, fleecy throw to go with it. Buy a chenille pillow to lay your head on. Have a mom or friend who likes to knit? Get them some super soft alpaca yarn and ask for a new blanket. Or knit one yourself. New fabrics, soft textures, and a plush touch can make any space more comfortable.

2. Bring Nature In

Believe it or not, a new houseplant, a ficus tree in the corner, even a dwarf orange or other fruit tree, can bring comfort to the home. Need something small? What about a terrarium? Remember those in elementary school? A glass vase or tank filled with plants and rocks and shells or anything that inspires you. Another idea is a nature table or shelf. Take a walk and bring in the things you find. Live near the beach? Shells, driftwood and small rocks are soothing. Live in the woods? Leaves, small branches, flower that you can dry are all ways to add a soothing space to your home.

3. Warm Up the Walls

Color Consultant Barbara Jacobs said “the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological.” She said, “for a quieter ambiance, make sure your colors are not extremely bright.” Warm browns, greens and neutral colors can make a cozier atmosphere for not a lot of extra money.

4. Curtains

This is an underestimated area of comfort. Believe it or not, curtains can add comfort to your home and change the ambiance overall. Curtains in luxurious fabrics that create a darker, cozier space, will create comfort without a fuss. Choose something that will block out light if you want, say, a comfy Sunday at home. You can always open them to let the light in, but just having them there, like a cozy blanket for your walls, will help create a sense of comfort within your home.

5. Pay attention to the lights.

Lighting is crucial to helping your home look and feel comfortable. Avoid overhead or fluorescent lights that invade your space and illuminate everything. If you have a ceiling fan or other overhead light, you can disable it in favor of a corner reading lamp with a heavier shade or smaller tabletop lamps. Sconces on the walls also add light without lighting everything up.

6. Display Photos

Hanging pictures of your loved ones around the room – or of things or places you love – can add a lot of comfort to a space. If you are cozied up in your favorite chair, with a comfy throw on top of your legs and a picture of your beloved grandma next to you or on the wall where you can see her, you will most likely feel relaxed and comforted. Create a photo wall of favorite pics, if you have the space, and enjoy the people or places you miss every day.

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