4 Ways to Relieve the Stress of Business Travel

For meeting planners, business travel is simply a part of the job. These trips often come with great perks—beautiful resorts, exciting activities and opportunities to meet diverse groups of people. But business travel can also be stressful in many ways; jetlag, navigating an unfamiliar city and hectic schedules are just a few of the issues that stress out frequent travelers. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the stress of your next trip.

1. Exercise
Many would argue that there’s simply no time to exercise while on a business trip. However, just 20 minutes of walking, running or swimming will release endorphins and provide you with a much-needed mood booster. So take advantage of that beautiful hotel pool and state-of-the-art fitness center! Starting your day off with a quick workout will leave you happier, healthier and armed with a positive mindset to tackle any challenges thrown at you.

2. Pack efficiently and effectively
Forgot some important item? Packed a few things you don’t even need? We’ve all been there. Instead of scrambling before your next trip, take time to make a list of all your essentials. Travel documents, work resources and chargers for your gadgets should be added to the checklist. Don’t forget to add a few comforting items to help you relax after a long day, such as soothing chamomile tea or your favorite sleeping mask.

3. Get your beauty sleep
Don’t overlook the importance of sleep. In our constantly-connected world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of working long hours while on a trip. However, working late may not be the best strategy for completing all your tasks—and doing them well. Getting a restful sleep will actually make you much more productive and effective.

4. Embrace adventure
According to Greek philosopher Aristotle, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Embrace each trip, new location and challenge as an opportunity for growth and adventure. Instead of being stressed out about the negatives, focus on the positives, and you’ll end up enjoying your time away much more.

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