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Business trips may sound glamorous, but travelling to another city or another country poses some risks in the person’s health and well-being because of stress. There was even a study made by Stephen Cohen, deputy of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Sarrey, about the effects of frequent traveling to people collected from 15 years of aggregated information. Those he called as “hypermobile” or people who travel frequently for business are prone to chronic jetlag, which has an impact to their physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
What are other potential health risks?
From preparation to traveling, to adjusting to a new time zone or a way of life, spending time alone in a city alone, working and the finally going back home, stress seems inevitable. As what was mentioned, if you are frequently flying, chronic jetlag brings about a lot of stress. It can impair memory, weaken the immune system and increase the risk of heart attack. Sleep deprivation, which also brings a string of negative effects to a person’s health, is stress-related.
Unforeseen events like missed flights and lost luggage, traffic – if you are just traveling to another city by car, can cause a lot of anxiety. This raises some mental health issues as well due to travel disorientation, which affects your mood and focus.
Frequent flying can cause depression. When you travel frequently, you spend more time away from family and friends. It can make you feel alienated because you are missing out on a lot of things and events at home, especially when you have to make the hard choice between your kid’s birthday or graduation and your work. There will be times when you can’t immediately fix an argument or a situation at home partner because you have to leave the country for work.
Realizing that your job isn’t working anymore or anything bad your job has cost you while you were away or that you were looking for potential in the wrong places, can also be depressing.
According to research, people who travel often for business are more prone to obesity. This is due to stress-eating, depression and lack of proper sleep.
Sitting in a long period of time during a flight can lead to the development of deep vein thrombosis.
It is important to note that the health risks mentioned are for those who travel a lot for business. If you only take short business trips, you are less prone to these risks. However, it is still best to avoid unnecessary stress whether it’s long or just short business trip.
Here are some tips that may come handy to make your business trip less stressful:
It’s always advisable to pack smart. If your trip is just a short one, make sure you have everything you need including an emergency kit with medicines because you might not have access to stores to buy your travel essentials in case you forget them.
Have a checklist of everything you need, from clothes, toiletries to all your business materials such as laptop, files, cords and other presentation equipment. Bring some sports outfits as well if you plan to workout, even to take a short run.
Packing all your gadgets is one thing, checking if everything is working fine is another. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi access may not always be available. Download all necessary apps that you can use for business, as well as those that can entertain you during long flights, or while you are waiting alone in airports or hotel room.
Creating an itinerary saves you time and stirs you away from stress of not knowing when or where to go next. You can also get to manage your time and allocate free time for other things like a tour of the city, exercise or anything but work. You will also have an insight on how much your trip and activities will cost you.
Exercise has a lot of proven benefits to health. It can make you more alert, focused and productive throughout the day. It can give you more energy to do other activities apart from work. Go on a short run. It will not only give you a good workout, it will also give you a chance to see the city.
It won’t hurt to mix a little bit of leisure to your business trip. The term “bleisure” traveler refers to emerging lifestyle of business people mixing work and play. It makes business travel less stressful and more fun. It is the best that you can do to make the most out of your business trip.
Taking mini leisure trips during a business trip can actually make you more productive. It will make you appreciate your surroundings, the people, the food and everything about the culture of the new city you are in. It will make you feel more relaxed and you get to recharge, which might help you think of creative ideas you can use for work. It will not only be good for you, your work will benefit as well.
What better way to take bleisure trip than bringing someone special with you? It can be your partner, a family member or friend. Someone who can understand that you can’t be with them the whole trip because the main purpose of your travel is work, but will also gladly try activities with you on your free time. Someone you can have so much fun with. You can also extend your stay and just enjoy the city with the person you are with.
Good health should always be on top of your priority, no matter what. You may find it hard to sleep because you miss your bed or loved ones, it can be a struggle to eat due to your hectic schedule or stay away from eating because of too much choices of food available to explore in the city, and you might be too tired from work that you couldn’t find time to squeeze-in some exercise. All of these are excuses and you won’t run out of it. Remember that you won’t be able work or function well if you are unhealthy.
So sleep well, eat healthy and exercise while you are on your business trip. Do not slack off just because you know it’s going to be just a short trip. Take the time to pause and meditate as well. It will relieve you of stress and anxiety, and will get you back on track.
Business travels need not to be stressful. It can actually be a lot of fun. There will be a lot of opportunities for both travel and work if you only know how to make the most out of it. It is good to follow these tips to a more stress-free business travel the next time you have to fly for work.
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