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Ways to De-Stress On Your Next Business Trip

 

Stress is one of the major issues many people have during business trips, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are a few things you can do to de-stress during your next business trip while still remaining productive and efficient.

Take Advantage of the Hotel's Amenities

Call room service, get a massage or even go to the gym. Most hotels will have a convenient set of relaxation services on-site. With these amenities, you won't have to worry about leaving the hotel but you'll still be able to take some time to cool down.

Use Your Recreational Time

Don't spend your personal time on the trip planning your business activities. When the evening hits, put the work away and relax. If you can, turn off your phone. You'll be able to get more work done if you aren't feeling stressed out and worried. Don't let yourself be on call the entire trip; that's a sure recipe for stress.

Let Someone Else Handle Transportation

Forget about trying to navigate an unknown city. Use a chauffeured service to get to your next meeting so that you don't need to worry about traffic or getting lost. This will give you some time to relax while you're in transit; use the time to review your work documents or to simply unwind with a book.

Make Sure You Have a Buffer

One of the biggest mistakes many people make during their business trips is scheduling themselves too tight. If you start feeling the pressure, you might want to reschedule a non-essential meeting or event. You don't have to do everything at once.

Get a Good Night's Sleep

Being unable to sleep can be problematic in itself; even if you're at home, being exhausted can lead to stress. If you have issues sleeping when you're on a business trip you may want to consult with your physician for a sleep aid. When traveling outside of your time zone for shorter periods of time, it's often best to remain on your own personal sleep schedule rather than disrupting it.

Remember that travel can be inherently stressful; you're in an unfamiliar location attempting to work with a tight schedule. If it gets to be too much, take a little time for yourself.

Posted on Jul 02 2014

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