Traveling across the globe has many obvious perks. You get to experience foreign environments, try different foods, meet new people, and learn about other cultures. Its especially enjoyable when you get to do all of this as part of your job. Traveling for work is enviable to those who don’t get the opportunity. However, recent studies show that there are a significant amount of adverse side effects that come from frequent business travel. Scott Cohen, deputy director of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, published a paper called: A Darker Side of Hypermobility. Cohen collected data from the past 15 years of major studies regarding constant travel. Some of his findings revealed that those who are “hypermobile” are at risk of a range of negative physiological, psychological, emotional, and social effects.
Effects of Frequent Business Travel
Frequent flying can lead to chronic jet lag. This in turn can cause a disruption in the gene expression that influences aging and the immune system. The risk of heart attack or stroke is higher in those who suffer from chronic jet lag.
Weakened Immune System
Constant travel means more frequent and more lengthy exposure to germs. Especially during flights when you’re breathing in the recirculated air within the cabin. Jet lag and the stress that comes with travel can also affect the body’s ability to fight off potentially harmful germs.
Business travel usually means less time to focus on eating well. It is more difficult to grocery shop, or cook homemade meals while on the go. So many people resort to eating out or take advantage of hotel buffets. Unsurprisingly this only magnifies the health risk of constant travelers because their bodies aren’t getting necessary nutrients.
Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling
It may seem like a no-brainer to stay hydrated during travel. After all, hydration is important all the time, not matter if you’re on a plane. However, it is very easy to forget how necessary water is. Especially if your day is jam packed with meetings, and conferences. Drinking water is probably the last thing on your mind. An easy way to remind yourself to stay hydrated is to carry a water bottle with you. If it's empty you will notice and remember to fill it up. If you always have it with you then it will be hard to ignore.
It might be difficult to avoid alcohol during business trips. A lot of time you’ll take clients to dinner where it's expected to order a drink. While one glass of wine won’t do much damage, it is important to stay conservative in your alcohol consumption during travel. Alcohol is a depressant and it will dehydrate you which will contribute to exhaustion and stress.
Take advantage of hotel gyms as much as possible when you travel. Even twenty or thirty minutes on the treadmill will go along way when it comes to keeping your body happy and healthy.
Stick to a Diet
Eric Ruiz of the Observer, wrote an article about the tips he follows to stay healthy during business travel. He said that no matter where he is, he follows a similar diet of protein and veggies. He said this helps to reduce time and stress spent on deciding meals. It also allows him to stay within a pretty healthy diet and avoid eating anything that could make him sick. Our team members at Number8 often get the opportunity to travel across the world for work. We recognize the importance in taking care of our health during these trips, and we follow all of the above tips to ensure we are always functioning at 100 percent. If you're interested in learning more about Number8 and what we do, give us a call at (502) 890-7665, or check out our information page here!
No matter how much anyone loves their job, they will still have to deal with stress. Some occupations may entail more stressful situations more frequently, however everyone can benefit from learning coping methods. In the tech industry, stress often results from spending a significant amount of time in front of a computer, without enough fresh air and exercise. It can also be difficult to ever really “clock out” when your work can be done from almost any location. Here at Number8, we want to promote a healthy, and stress-free work environment. Below, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips that we use for reducing job stress.
Schedule for energy and focus
Begin each day with a plan. Be realistic and schedule for breaks. If you manage your expectations for productivity, then you’ll avoid getting overwhelmed by tasks. Be prepared for spur of the moment assignments that may have to jump up to the top of your priority list. Allow for flexibility, but don’t let those impromptu tasks take over. Stay focused on the projects that need the most attention.
Sleep well and eat right
Getting enough sleep, and developing a healthy diet is easier said than done. But getting into the habit can benefit your life in many ways. Being well-rested will allow you to take on challenges with a clear head. It can help prevent negative affect, and instead provide you with a more positive mindset which aids in the prevention of stress. A good diet will give you the energy necessary to a a productive, and stress-free day. Some quick fixes include limiting the amount of caffeine you consume, and instead focusing on drinking plenty of water.
Take time to relax
Depending on the workplace, it may be difficult to take time out of the day to get outside. So, instead work on developing some daily practices to help keep nerves calm, and avoid getting too stressed. Breathing exercises work great and don’t require leaving the office. Stretching at your desk, or even taking the time to get up and walk around every hour or so can greatly benefit your overall health and also your work ethic.
With smartphones, now more than ever it is almost impossible to be unavailable. Even days off aren’t really days off. To help reduce the stress of always being on call, work with your peers and managers to establish boundaries. Let them know when you can be reached outside of the office, but also when you can’t. Its extremely valuable to draw lines between your work life and your personal life. If you don’t make these boundaries clear, you could end up resenting your job for following you wherever you go.
Be present while you’re at work. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid keeping your phone close by. A text from a friend, or a news notification can quickly derail your focus and make it increasingly difficult to get back on task. It is also important to avoid multitasking. Try to follow your plan and stick to it without doubling up. If you divide your attention to multiple projects at the same time, none of them will be receiving your full effort. Each project should be treated with the same amount of integrity as the next. Our employees at Number8 follow these tips to help reduce stress and maintain focus to deliver the best possible services. If you're looking for motivated, and stress-free employees to help with a project, give us a call at (502) 890-7665 or send us an email through our Contact page.
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