Traveling on business is never an easy thing to do. Missed flights, messed up reservations and time shortages are the norm and not having your own comfy bed to climb into can make it all even tougher. If you travel often for business, you are probably used to the stress already. Or at least you think you are.
The truth is, stress is not something we ever “get used to” and we are susceptible to all kinds of health problems because of it. From silent killers like high blood pressure and heart disease to the more obvious problems like weight gain and poor energy levels, stress can whip us but good.
So what do we do about it? How do we get rid of this stress or at least begin to deal with it?
Here are several tips for how to do just that when we head out on business:
Always confirm everything….twice
From your reservations to your rental car, you should be in the habit of confirming repeatedly. If you do, you are much less likely to be stuck with a bill that is not supposed to be yours. Nothing stinks worse than having to foot the bill for something and chase down the company to repay you. Confirm at least twice and then do it one more time for good measure. It only takes a few minutes and it can certainly save you a ton of stress later.
Eat well while you are gone
Food is one of the very few things we can directly control when we hit the road for business. It might be a bit more of a hassle, but packing some healthy options that keep well can go a very long ways towards solving the fast food problem. Putting down the alcohol is another key. Alcohol can lead to hangovers, poor business situations and really bad dehydration. None of these things are good for your body, soul or mind.
Exercise while you are gone
On business trips, exercise is probably one of the last things on your mind. The truth is, a good swim or a jog around the track can do wonders for your stress levels. A lower stress level leads to better business and much more fun. Work in a work out on a regular basis when you hit the road for business.
Bring comforts from home
It might be your favorite pillow, your Bunky the Bear or a picture of your kids, but having bits of home with us on the road can really lower our stress levels. Take the time to really find that item or items that packs easily but gives you great comfort. It can make a world of difference.
Allow for some you time while you are gone
Find something that is going on in the city you are headed to that you can look forward to. Granted, business will come first but the majority of the time you will have at least a sliver of down time to enjoy. Plan something that will make your trip personal as well as business related. It can lower your stress levels as well.
A business trip is still work, but with a few tips and suggestions your trip might be an interesting experience.