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Business Travelers | How to Reduce Stress During Business Travel

By Selena Wolcott

Quick turnaround traveling can be expected when working for a corporation. With that, traveling can bring a lot of opportunities and excitement, but it can also greatly affect your stress levels. Add a workload, deadlines, and a tight turnaround, and this can fuel the intensity of stressful work scenarios. There can be situations when traveling for business will be out of your hands, but here are a few tips for you to lower your stress levels and enjoy your business trip.  

Make time for yourself 

When you are trying to balance a hectic schedule, it can be hard to find time for yourself. Taking a small portion of your day to focus on yourself can do wonders for your stress levels. Most business trips are quick and straightforward that it can be hard to take a break and relax. Making time for yourself doesn’t have to be too extravagant. Self-care can take place in a variety of forms: face masks, yoga, meditation, watching TV, or enjoying a nice meal. Understanding the importance of self-care when traveling for business can reduce your stress and anxiety.  

Drink water and hydrate 

It’s already a given that you should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. During a typical day, it can be a struggle to consume that much liquid, adding travel to your schedule can make it that much more difficult. It is easy to get dehydrated when you’re busy and in a new environment. Being dehydrated can cause physical stress to your body, which could then lead to mental stress. Keeping your body hydrated will increase your cortisol levels which can overall help keep your stress levels down. Many airports and gas stations have refillable water stations at your disposal, so having a reusable water bottle is a great way to make sure that you’re hydrating your body.  

Engage in physical activity  

Being on the road for hours upon hours can be tiring. You may feel restless, irritated, or even stressed. When you are on a long flight or road trip it is important for you to get up and stretch occasionally, to help alleviate stress and discomfort. Once you get settled into your hotel it can be easy to get straight to checking your email and itinerary. Taking advantage of your hotel’s amenities or taking a stroll around the town can significantly boost your mood and serotonin levels. It is important to give your body some type of physical exercise when on a trip to help maintain your physical and mental health. Staying at a Best Western Plus® makes it super easy to access wellness; all Best Western Plus® hotels have fitness centers, so you can easily make time for workouts.  

Listen to music or podcasts  

Winding down with music or a trusty podcast can help relax your brain: Music or a podcast can divert your attention from stressful or anxiety-inducing situations. It provides a pleasant distraction and helps shift your focus away from any travel-related worries or stressors. Also, music has the power to influence our emotions and moods. By listening to your favorite songs or podcasts, you can uplift your spirits and improve your overall mood, making the travel experience more enjoyable. 

Connect with a loved one  

Connecting with a close friend or family member can help ease stress and boost your mood. Friends and family are always there when you need them, but it can be a struggle when you’re traveling. Talking to friends or family can give you an outlet to vent and receive perspectives and advice. They can also provide emotional support during extended stays and feelings of being homesick.  

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