Traveling for work can be an exciting opportunity to explore new places and expand your horizons, but it can also be stressful and draining.
Long hours, jet lag and disrupted routines can take a toll on your health, leaving you feeling drained and overwhelmed.
To help you stay healthy and maintain your wellbeing while traveling for work, here are seven tips and strategies to keep in mind.
First, prioritise your sleep. Jet lag can be a major challenge when traveling, and it can be tempting to stay up late or rise early to make the most of your time in a new place. However, getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining your health and wellbeing. Try to establish a sleep routine as soon as possible, and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and screens before bedtime.
Second, stay hydrated. Air travel can be dehydrating, and it can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you are on the go. To help stay hydrated, carry a refillable water bottle with you, and make a habit of drinking water regularly throughout the day. Staying hydrated will help you feel better, maintain your energy levels, and reduce your risk of illness.
Third, maintain a healthy diet. Traveling can be a tempting time to indulge in rich foods, snacks, and alcohol, but these choices can quickly add up and take a toll on your health. Try to make healthy food choices when you are on the road, and seek out local produce, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Keeping healthy snacks on hand, such as fruit, nuts, or yogurt, can help you avoid the temptation to snack on junk food when you are feeling hungry.
Fourth, stay active. Exercise is a great way to boost your energy levels, maintain your wellbeing, and reduce stress while you are on the road. Even a short walk, yoga session, or workout at the hotel gym can help you feel better and stay on track. If you are short on time, try to get up and move regularly throughout the day, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or take a break for a quick stretch when you are feeling tired.
Traveller Wellness Programme
Podium is a traveller well-being programme like no other. We’ve partnered with the world-renowned experts at Loughborough University to deliver a winning solution for modern corporate duty of care. Podium contextualises the learnings from elite sports management and applies them to the world of business travel. Designed to optimise human performance before, during and after every trip, your travellers’ physical and mental well-being will never be healthier.
Podium will help take your travel policy and your business to the top of your game.
Fifth, prioritise self-care. Traveling for work can be stressful, and it is important to make time for self-care and relaxation. This can include activities like meditation, reading, or taking a relaxing bath. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, making time for self-care can help you recharge, reduce stress, and maintain your wellbeing.
Sixth, stay connected. Being away from home, friends, and family can be isolating, and it is important to stay connected with those you love. Use technology to stay in touch, and make time for video calls, text messages, or emails to maintain relationships while you are on the road.
Finally, be mindful of your mental health. Traveling for work can be stressful and challenging, and it is important to be mindful of your mental health and seek support if you need it. This can include talking to a trusted friend, seeking the help of a professional, or taking advantage of online resources or support groups.
Traveling for work can be a fantastic opportunity to see new places, meet new people, and grow professionally, but it can also be stressful and challenging. By prioritising your sleep, hydration, diet, activity, self-care, and mental health, you can maintain your wellbeing, increase your energy levels, and make the most of your time on the road. Whether you are traveling for a day, a week, or longer, taking care of yourself is essential for staying healthy, productive, and happy while you are travelling on business.
Visit our PODIUM page for more information about Gray Dawes Travel’s own wellbeing programme, developed in conjunction with the experts at Loughborough University, or contact one of the team to find out more.
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