Travel Tips to Save You Stress
Travel can be stressful, especially if it’s part of your job and you do it on a regular basis. Jet lag, time away from family, unfamiliar places, job performance expectations and irregular sleeping and eating patterns can really take their toll on your body and health. Add in some circumstances over which you have no control, like flight cancellations and delays, lost luggage, and last minute meeting or conference changes, and you have the makings of a massive meltdown. So what can you do to stay calm, maintain your health naturally and deal appropriately with stressful circumstances as a frequent traveler? Consider these helpful health tips.
Health Tips for Frequent Flyers
Keep a bag packed with spare toiletries, wrinkle-free clothing and items that you would normally pack for every trip. With your “travel bag” always ready, you’re less likely to forget something, and you keep packing and re-packing time and effort to a minimum.
Place identification (including passport), camera, laptop and any valuables in your hand luggage. You’ll feel more secure when you know these items are always with you.
Make sure you get the proper amount of sleep – sleep helps the body to rest and rejuvenate for the next day’s activity. If you’re crossing time zones, this is especially important.
Make sure you take the time to eat well. Try some local cuisine. Ask business associates or hotel staff to recommend some good eateries for you to try. Refrain from overeating and drinking too much alcohol.
Make use of the exercise facilities available in many hotels as a way to ease stress that can result in headaches and other physical symptoms. Don’t forget to pack some gym clothes and shoes!
Frequent travel can be stressful, but it can also provide a means to explore new people, places, cultures and foods. You might even get a bit of sightseeing in as well! Remember, prevention is always better than the cure - manage any spinal problems and deal with any underlying mental health issues, and this may help you effectively deal with the stress of frequent travel.