When on a business trip, the most common yet significant most issue one faces is stress. While managing work stress is another topic of discussion, here are some points on how you can help yourself de-stress during your next business trip, which would also aid you in being more efficient and productive.
1. Make the bookings well in advance
If you know when and where you have to go and for how long, then the best thing to do is book your tickets and accommodation well in advance, for this will save you from a lot of last-minute pressure and the difficulty of unavailability. Also, make sure that the hotel you choose is close to your meeting venue. Furthermore, get an idea of the landmarks, necessity stores around, and the transport facility, for the last thing you would want is to waste your time in a cab trying to find your hotel after a long day at work.
2. Take Advantage of the Hotel’s Amenities
Firstly, make sure to book a hotel that provides good services, and next, be sure to use those too!
Most hotels do offer amenities, and if you have them on-site, you needn’t have to go anywhere else to cool down, and after a tiresome day, you do deserve some leisure. So do not hesitate to call room service, use the pool, go to the gym or even get a massage.
3. Use your recreational time
When on a business trip, time for oneself is already limited, so in this, the last thing one must do is spend that personal time planning your business activities. Therefore, once the evening hits and you are officially done, put your work aside, switch off your work phone, and just relax!
Watch some tv, read a book, speak with family or choose to do something that can calm your nerves, for only when you are entirely relaxed can you get more work done.
4. Let Someone Else Handle Transportation
Navigating in an unknown city, especially when you are in a hurry or tired, is a recipe for added pressure. The best thing to do would be getting for yourself chauffeured service. This way, neither would you have the stress of getting lost nor of traffic. Additionally, this also gives you time to go through your documents or simply unwind.
5. Make sure you have a Buffer
When planning a business trip, the biggest mistake one can make is scheduling themselves too tightly. It’s essential to have buffer time between your events, for this will help you release your pressure, and you won’t have to do everything at once. It also allows you to reschedule events/ meetings if need be.
6. Get a Good Night Sleep and Nourishing Meals
Though it’s hard with the stress, schedules, exhaustion, jetlag, and time differences, a good night’s sleep and nourishing meals at the correct times are vital if you wish to work efficiently throughout your trip.
You could practice relaxing and meditating exercises, take a relaxing shower and listen to peaceful melodies to unwind and sleep, or if nothing else, you could take a physician-prescribed sleep aid.
On the other hand, no matter how worn-out you feel, making you lose your appetite, skipping your meals is certainly not a choice. Even between the meetings, utilize the time for meals to eat rather than worrying about what would happen next in the discussion.
Travelling is always stressful, from the long journey to being in a new and unfamiliar location, it sure isn’t easy, and to top it all when you are in a tight work schedule it only makes things more strenuous, so remember that it’s okay to take time for yourself, the pockets of breaks will definitely rejuvenate you hence making them necessary.