Do you feel exhausted and feel stressed out when you go on a business trip? If this happens every time you go on a business trip, then you should take it seriously and do something about it. On the other hand, your boss expects you to be at the top of your game when you are on a business trip and help him in delivering great presentations and conduct successful business meetings. This puts extra pressure on you as an employee. Thankfully, there ways to overcome the stress that you can use.
Here are five ways to get rid of stress when you are on your next business trip.
1. Plan Your Trip In Advance
First things first. Plan your business trip weeks in advance. I know most business travelers will tell you that they came to know about the business trip couple of days ago so how can they plan the trip weeks in advance, but this is one of the main reasons why they have to suffer from stress and anxiety during a business trip.
Book the hotel rooms, airline tickets and transportation weeks before flying. It will save you from the stress of finding the hotel room when you land. Try scheduling your downtime. Prioritize events and tasks while planning for things that are important. Avoid late night meetings and make sure you get enough sleep to wake up fresh the next morning and avoid stress and anxiety.
2. Take Advantage of Your Location
Not all hotels are equal. Some are not tailor-made for relaxation purposes so one you do get access to such a hotel, you should make sure you take full advantage of it. If you are lucky enough, you might book a hotel that is located in the middle of the city with all the parks, museums and cultural centers at a few minutes’ drive from the hotel. Take some time out and visit some tourist attraction located near you.
Jump into the hotel swimming pool during the day to relax and cool off or hit the gym loaded with fitness equipment. Take a sunbath while on boat tour Dubai or take a leisurely stroll towards the lounge in the sun and it will give you a soothing feeling.
3. Harness the Power of Tech
Want to stay on top of everything even when you are on the move? The same technology that keeps you chained to work during normal days can come in handy here as well. Check and respond to emails, send text messages and connect with your friends and family back home via social media. Make sure you don’t over do otherwise it would do more harm than good when it comes to relieving you of stress.
No one likes to be bombarded with emails, calls and text messages that demands your instant attention. Set limits and keep the frequency of your emails, texts message and calls under control. Don’t get addicted to technology, use it as an enabler to solve your problems.
4. Seek Out the Familiar
Let’s say you are traveling to a city for corporate purposes some of your old folks are located. Why not use this as an opportunity to schedule a get together with old friends. Even if you have a busy schedule, taking some time out for old friends is worth it, as it will wipe out stress when you share old memories with your loved ones. You can chat freely, and it will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Go on a desert safari Dubai and it will evaporate all your stress into thin air. If you are going on a business trip to a location you have traveled to before, use it as an opportunity to explore new things that you have seen in your previous visits.
5. Take Some Time To Relax
You have shown interest in going on a business trip with your boss because you see it as an escape from your hectic work routine. Unfortunately, when you landed, you realized that things are not as you might have initially thought. The only difference was that the office meetings was now replaced by client meetings and business meetings with other stakeholders. Same goes for presentations. In short, not much has changed despite going on a business trip.
That is why it is important to take some time off to relax and indulge in some fun-filled activities. See tourists’ attractions you are interested in and meet new people. Experience new things and say goodbye to stress.
How do you overcome stress during business travel? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.