When you first start going on business trips, they may be seen as a welcome break from your typical office routine, however as you are required to go away on business more and more, you realise that a business trip is every bit as stressful as your normal working day – if not more so, as you are pulled away from your home life and it’s familiarly. In fact, regular business travel can wreak havoc on our bodies so we have detailed some business travel mistakes experienced first-hand and how to combat them.
Not Getting Enough Rest
A good night’s sleep and the feeling of being well rested is imperative not only to our health, but in aiding us in continuing to be productive in our daily lives. During business trips, we may spend the entire working day in meetings with clients and suppliers, traveling to hard to find offices and preparing your pitch in a nearby coffee shop. This will causing us to fall behind with the day to day side of our role. It is tempting to load up your emails when you return to your hotel room at the end of the day, but remember that there is only so much you can achieve in one day. Skim through your inbox and respond to the pressing issues if necessary, but have an auto-reply installed and let your colleagues and clients know that you are traveling and cannot be affixed to your laptop constantly.
Not Preparing for Our Weak Spots
Perhaps you are an occasional migraine sufferer at home, or you have problems with an irritable bowel and an upset stomach. Forgetting to pack all relevant medication “just in case” can lead to struggling to manage the illness if it strikes at an inconvenient time, or having to fumble through a meeting with a foreign pharmacist to try and establish what medication you require. If you have a track record of any particular illness, always prepare for the worst.
Consuming Too Much Caffeine
A long day of client meetings can see you negotiating matters for hours as the assistants bring a constant stream of coffees and espressos to your table, which of course you reach for, since you feel that you need perking up post lunch. Too much caffeine can cause you to dehydrate, disrupt your sleep, making you even more fatigued the next day, and cause an upset stomach. Limit your coffee intake to two or three cups a day and drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you with better focus, a healthy appetite and in the end a better mental health as well!
Eating the Wrong Lunch
Speaking of appetite, when we’re busy and we’re rushing around, we seldom have the time to stop and have a proper lunch break, opting instead to grab something to eat in the boardroom or at your (flex)desk. Always bring something in with you – be it a salad, a cup of yoghurt or a vegetable medley, to stop yourself from feasting or unhealthy snacks or eating something that’s bad for you like fast food for quickness. We all take care of what we eat when we are at home, why not use the same discipline when we are traveling?
Not Preparing For Possible Health Issues
Analogous to point two, is not preparing for travel related issues. For example, not consulting with a travel nurse prior to taking that business trip to Asia, or not packing decompression socks or a simple eye mask on a long-haul flight. Always consider your health with equal importance as you do your business agenda and prepare wisely.