Five Ways to Relieve Stress on the Road
Friday, November 30, 2012
A huge client presentation is coming up and you’re cramming your notes and trying to put the finishing touches on your pitch. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there at one time or another, and the stress that comes along with it can cause us to panic.
Business travel can be one of the most taxing portions of our work life, but it doesn’t have to be at Country Inns & Suites By Carlson! Take a look at these five stress-relieving travel tips to help you relax and have an enjoyable and successful business trip.
Take some “me” time
You may be on a business trip, but you should always plan to take some time for yourself, whether it’s 15 minutes or a few hours. You can take a walk around the hotel, grab a book from the Read It & Return Lending LibraryTM, or relax in your room or the hotel lobby with a hot cup of HIGHRIDGE COUNTRY RESERVETM coffee. A short break will lift some of the stress from your shoulders and help you maintain your focus when you sit back down to work.
Get enough sleep
The CDC says you need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night. While this isn’t always possible on a hectic business trip, you shouldn’t sacrifice healthy sleeping habits because of work or stress. If you’re staying up all night to put the finishing touches on a client presentation, you’re probably not going to be very alert for the meeting the next morning. Plan ahead for your trip; if you know you’ll have an early meeting, try to get to bed earlier the night before so you’ll be well-rested and ready to take on the day.
Make good food choices
Try not to let a business trip derail your normal eating habits. Take a few minutes to check out our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast. You’ll find delicious menu items such as French toast, build-your-own omelets, and yogurt parfaits. If you have to head out before our breakfast opens for the day, stop by the front desk for a breakfast to-go bag. Eating breakfast can help keep you energized for whatever challenges you may face throughout the day.
Take your work out of your hotel room
Working in your room may not only cause you to be less productive, but might also make you associate it with stress instead of relaxation. Do yourself a favor; grab your laptop and find a place to work that’s away from your room – head to the hotel’s business center, lobby, or pool; find a local park and get some work done while taking in the fresh air; or enjoy a cup of coffee while working at a nearby coffee shop.
Enjoy your destination
You may be traveling for business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your destination while you’re there! Once your work day is done, take some time to check out the city you’re visiting. You can explore the area around your hotel, sample the local cuisine, pick up some souvenirs at the area shops, or enjoy the nearby attractions. If you’ve got some time to spare but aren’t sure where to go, just ask one of the front desk attendants! They’ll be happy to help you find some things to do in the area that meet your interests.
The most important thing to remember when traveling for business is to not forget to take care of yourself. Stress may be a part of our everyday lives, but you can manage it with everyday choices and habits, both at home and on the road.
How do you keep stress at bay while traveling for business? We’d love to hear your tips – let us know in the comments sections of this post!