Last Updated: September 19, 2022
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It can be challenging to keep up with your mental and physical health goals if your job requires you to travel. When you're at home, it's a breeze to stay active; on the road, you face disruptions to your schedule, long travel days, and unfamiliar locations. With the right planning and mindset, however, you can stay healthy and return feeling refreshed. Here are some suggestions on how to do that from Andreas Philip Gross Enterprises.
Find Time To Exercise
When you're on a work trip, exercise is often the first thing to go. If you can find time to work out, you'll feel better, ward off stiffness, and stay healthier. Choose hotels with gyms and explore outdoor paths or parks in each new city. Exercise in the morning to avoid after-work exhaustion, and stream hotel-friendly workouts on YouTube. Finally, you can combine exercise and sightseeing by running or walking.
There are also a host of apps available that can assist you in your exercise efforts when traveling. Seven and Freeletics Bodyweight are just two of the dozens of fitness apps out there. Though both are paid apps, their ease-of-use and utility make them practically indispensable for the fitness-minded business traveler.
Create a Sleep Routine
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy when you're away. Creating a travel routine can make it easier to sleep soundly. To begin, pack a favorite pillow and stick to the same sleep/wake schedule. Turn off your TV and phone 30 minutes before bed and meditate to release stress and relax. You can even use clips to close hotel curtains and block light.
Your packing list is essential in maintaining good habits on the road. If you don't have walking shoes, you're less likely to get moving. The right exercise gear makes it easier to stay on track:
- Exercise shoes and clothes
- Low salt, low sugar snack
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
- Reusable water bottle
- Vitamins and supplements
Care for Your Mental Health
Between meetings, a packed schedule, and job responsibilities, traveling for work can be stressful. With the absence of your typical support system and the comforts of home, traveling can take a toll on your mental health.
If you find yourself struggling, consider a telehealth visit with a licensed professional. Telehealth appointments can be conducted online or over the phone, so you can attend them from anywhere.
Many telehealth professionals can prescribe or refill your antidepressants. If you need a new prescription, be prepared to explain your symptoms and discuss your medical history. Since the right medication varies from person to person, the doctor will likely ask about your current medications and request that you report side effects.
When you’re at home, you want to support your mental health by ensuring your home is as stress-free as possible. If your home needs some help, try adding some indoor plants, increasing the amount of sunlight available, and decluttering. Setting up a quiet space and taking up a meditation practice can be helpful as well.
Travel With a Pet
If you're a pet owner, you know that a furry friend provides comfort and forces you to get out for walks. Whenever possible, take your pet with you; this strategy is easiest if you're a freelancer or solopreneur with full scheduling control.
To make pet travel more comfortable, look for hotels and vacation rentals that offer animal-friendly rooms. It's helpful to bring along a beloved toy, a cozy bed, and special travel treats. Any time you're buying pet products, browse through detailed reviews from customers.
Healthy Travel Keeps You Relaxed and Productive
Professional travel can make it harder to stay healthy, but it's not impossible. By anticipating and preparing for common challenges, you can maintain a wellness-oriented lifestyle on the road.
By Jesse Clark of Soulful Travel
The best way to find yourself is to get lost for a little while.
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