The life of business travel can be excruciatingly painful and difficult at times when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. But, it is not impossible. In fact, a few minor preparations can make you one of the savviest and healthiest business travelers ever!
While traveling domestically and internationally for the past 15 years, I have learned many tricks that have helped me get through a million layovers and missed flights, many extended meetings, and a great amount of long winded presentations through numerous different time zones.
Some challenges faced when travelling on business include maintaining a healthy diet, overcoming stress, and getting adequate sleep. Many business travelers fall into the trap of fast food. This can be avoided with some meal prepping prior to your departure. Some of the items I pack regularly include Quest Protein Bars, almonds, whey protein, a shaker, and a few boxes of non refrigerated almond milk. These items are lifesavers when getting stuck in painfully long meetings, waiting in a lobby, or when finding yourself in bumper to bumper traffic.
Another item that seems to affect business travelers is stress. I encourage business travelers to invest in doing some research on gyms prior to your business trips. Most hotels have gyms available for their guests. The next step is to block out one hour early in the morning before your day begins. It is a sacrifice, but well worth it. Another tip for avoiding stress is to (try) not to obsess about things at the office. Be sure to post an out of office message and delegate urgent emails to staff. There is nothing more stressful than to be in an important meeting with a client while peeking at your emails and learning about a major office issue.
Lastly, one of the biggest concerns while traveling on business is lack of sleep. I strongly recommend journaling at night so you are able to put all the chaos of the day on a piece of paper so your mind is free of new challenges and new issues with clients right before you enjoy that chocolate on your pillow of a turned down bed. I began to practice this after many sleepless nights while away from home. I found that some clients use your site visits as an opportunity to complain and address very sensitive issues that will cause added stress to your business trip. Therefore, journaling upon your return to your hotel room helps to visualize the matters that can be addressed upon your return to the office and the other matters that have no remedy and just cause you lack of sleep.
These tips may help minimize some of the challenges of business travel and may help you enjoy the many benefits of a different and challenging work environment, which is an integral part of your evolution as a savvy and healthy business traveler.
Nancy Valenzuela is President of Innova Global Wellness, a company dedicated to the promotion of corporate health around the globe. Nancy holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of South Florida and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from Harvard University. She is a highly accomplished, multilingual international business executive with expertise in business development, marketing, and strategic planning. Her knowledge spans over 18 years of international business development experience for top U.S. health care organizations such as St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Texas, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Tenet Healthcare, Memorial Regional and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Florida.