05 Apr Managing Stress on Business Travel
Stress. It’s a commonplace emotion that often leaves us feeling burnt-out, exhausted and in need of some TLC. With it being Stress Awareness Month this April, we’re shedding some light on the ever-growing demands of modern business travel. However you deal with it, whether that’s investing in a stress ball or lusting over pictures of that beach holiday you took 3 years ago, we’ve compiled some useful tips to combat those stress levels on your next trip.
Exercise and Diet
As simple as it sounds, don’t neglect your healthy eating habits! Yes, that all-you-can-eat buffet is certainly tempting but feeling bloated and uncomfortable is going to leave you sluggish and lethargic. Stick to a similar diet you would have kept at home. If you’re easily swayed by the oh-so-tempting snack tray in your hotel room, try packing healthy snack options that travel well and are easily grabbable throughout the day.
With a schedule filled with marathon meetings, endless presentations and networking events, the last thing you want to do at the end of your working day is hit the gym. But doing just 30 minutes of exercise can help lower the levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, whilst stimulating the production of endorphins, giving you that stress-busting post workout buzz.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” and we’re pretty sure he was talking about business travel. I mean, we’re fairly sure.
In an ideal world, we’d have months to prepare for a trip: finalising travel plans and ensuring we have all the necessary documents- but unfortunately life rarely works out that way. If possible, try to pre-plan as much as you can. If you’re frequently called away at short notice, it might pay to have a packing list at hand. Include everything you might need; from a toothbrush to your lucky pair of socks.
The same goes for your itinerary – make sure you always keep all important documents on you, from train times, hotel bookings to business appointments.
Seasoned travelers will tell you that when it comes to packing; less is always more. Alleviate one of the biggest causes of travel stress by packing efficiently. If you’re going for a business appropriate aesthetic- with a limited amount of space in your luggage – the goal is to keep your wardrobe simple and interchangeable. Consider outfits that can take you from the board room to the restaurant with just a simple change of shoes.
Be kind to yourself
Last but certainly not least, be kind to yourself. Strict schedules, overrun meetings and those inevitable last-minute deadlines can wreak havoc on our stress levels. Just like you would at home, consider a time where you can ‘clock off’ from work. Put away that work phone, shut down the emails and enjoy some downtime to unwind from the day.
For more tips on looking after yourself on business travel, click here.