General Tips

Air Travel

  • Carry enough of all of your medicines in your carry-on luggage. Bring enough to last your whole trip. Take extra medicine with you in case your return trip is delayed.
  • If you have diabetes or epilepsy, carry a notification and identification card (such as the "Diabetes Alert Card" from the American Diabetes Association). Have the name and phone number of your doctor with you in case of an emergency. Remember to bring along the names and dosages of all of your medicines.
  • The air in airplanes is dry, so drink nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages and water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Computer Users

  • Sit up straight in front of your keyboard and screen, and keep your mouse within easy reach
  • Don't sit in the same position for long periods, get up and move about periodically
  • Take a minimum of 5 minutes break every hour from keyboard/screen working to prevent fatigue and aid concentration
  • Adjust your screen angle to avoid reflections, and use blinds at windows, and use a document holder next to the screen if you have to read text as well
  • Concentrating on a computer screen for a long time can cause temporary headache. Take occasional "eye breaks" by looking out a window or focusing on some distant object
  • If your work involves gazing at a computer monitor for long hours, remember to blink your eyes often to relieve strain.

Water and Your Body

  • We're often told to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but, according to recent surveys, only about a third of people actually do so, and as much as 10% drink no water whatsoever
  • Mild dehydration will slow down metabolism as much as 3%
  • Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kidney function. Hot weather exacerbates the problem, causing loss of a quart or more of fluids per hour, and possible cramping, nausea and heat exhaustion
  • A glass of water can shut down midnight hunger pangs
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue
  • A 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing
  • Dehydration affects your energy levels. Increase your intake of water to banish feelings of fatigue and increase vitality.

Leg Veins

  • Do not cross your legs when sitting
  • Avoid high heels, short-heeled shoes work calf muscles more, which is better for veins
  • Don't wear tight clothes around your calves or groin that can restrict circulation
  • Take three or four 10-minute breaks daily to elevate your legs above the level of your heart, lie down with your legs resting at a higher level
  • Avoiding long periods of sitting or standing. Shift from one leg to the other or walk gently back and forth, frequently to encourage blood flow
  • Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs
  • Sheer support stockings or panty hose (or for men, support socks), can reduce leg and foot discomfort in people who stand for extended periods, especially on hard floors. Support hosiery keeps blood from pooling in the feet and ankles.

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