Traveling can be a lot of fun, but we at Frontdesk know that it can come with many stresses, particularly with business travel. When you’re jumping from plane to conference to client meetings, it can be very easy to get swept up in the go-go-go mentality and forget to take time for yourself. But if you want to avoid getting burnt out, you’ll need to learn how to work self-care into your day. Here are some practical self-care ideas when you’re traveling for business.
Get Plenty of Sleep
We’ve all heard it, but few of us actually do it: adults need 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night! Sleep has a huge impact on your mood, health, and productivity. Invest in quality earplugs and an eye mask and start heading to bed at a reasonable hour to get the optimal amount of Z’s. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you could try listening to white noise and sipping sleepytime or chamomile tea. You could also speak to your doctor about trying a natural supplement like Melatonin.
Stick to Your Usual Routine
When you’re away from home, it’s easy to slip into a different schedule. But you will feel better, physically and mentally, if you try to stick to your usual routine, whatever that may be for you. Drink plenty of water, keep up on your daily medications, strive for a balanced diet, and exercise as you are physically able. Set reminders on your phone for your usual healthy habits, and try out options like ClassPass, YouTube videos, or apps for exercise on-the-go.
Pampering yourself doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive – just look for little ways you can treat yourself throughout the day. Take a moment to unwind in a massage chair at the airport or soak in a tub with bath bombs. Get out and do something fun in the city you’re visiting. Light a good-smelling candle and practice even 5-10 minutes of deep breathing or meditation. It could even be as simple as treating yourself to a leisurely breakfast while reading a book instead of grabbing a granola bar on your way out the door.
Learn to Say No
“No” is a powerful word. Learning to set boundaries and not overextend yourself is the ultimate form of self-care. Say no to late-night drinks with colleagues, a favor outside your job description, or anything non-vital that will prevent you from spending important time alone to recharge. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Saying no to something you don’t want to do (or don’t have the energy for) is saying YES to taking care of yourself, and there’s no shame in that.
Pack Like a Pro
Getting your packing routine down will help with travel stress in the long run. Finding a great bag and planning out what you actually need to take (not just throwing random things in your suitcase at the last moment) will make a big difference. You’ll have less stress in the lead-up, getting ready in the morning during your trip will be easier, and packing up to head home will also be streamlined. We have more business travel packing tips here.
Stay Somewhere Great
When you travel for work a lot, staying in cramped hotel rooms can get old fast. Instead, consider staying with Frontdesk for trendy, fully-furnished one or two-bedroom apartments with hotel-style amenities and 24/7 support. The large suites are perfect for longer stays in our 15, and growing, great cities.
Things to Keep Handy
- Emergency kit – bandaids, pain reliever, safety pins, and a mini stain remover pen
- Immune system kit – vitamin C, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes, especially on a plane or public transportation
- Travel-size blanket and pillow for the plane or long car ride
- Eye drops, lotion, face masks, and chapstick for rehydrating Packing cubes for your suitcase
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