5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Consistently being on the road can understandably be tiring sometimes. Whether your job is purely travel-based or includes a fair share of being away from home, in time this lifestyle can challenge your health and well-being. Additionally, between managing time changes, unfamiliar surroundings, and the stress of work, it can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. But there are various ways you can take control of your health while on the road and develop habits to improve your mental and physical well-being.
Prioritize Eating Healthy
Just because you're on the road doesn't mean you have to sacrifice eating healthy. When you're packing your suitcase, be sure to include some healthy snacks like nuts or fruit so you won't be tempted by unhealthy options when hunger strikes. And when you're at a restaurant, try to order lean protein and vegetables instead of fried foods or heavy sauces, as the former is easier to digest and won’t make you feel lethargic. Fresh ‘Local’ fruits and veggies are best for energy.
2. Cultivate Good Self-Care Practices
When you’re traveling for work, it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. This can include:
● Always carry a water bottle with healthy water and stay hydrated on an hourly basis.
● Listen to relaxing music that calms your nervous system and rebalances your energy, either before sleeping or upon arising, spiritual recalibration with music more frequently.
● Medications, nutritional supplements, digestive enzymes, or treatments you need so you can continue taking care of your health while away from home.
● If you’re traveling to the tropical regions of the world, carry some Eco-friendly sunscreen for protection to continue your skincare routine while visiting hot humid climates.
● If you’re allergic to certain products, carry your own soap, shampoo, and other toiletries.
For maintaining good mental health, create time for activities such as hobbies that make you happy and help reduce stress, as reported by Goodnet. Dedicating time to hobbies will help you disassociate from the stress of traveling and/or working in a new office space around strangers.
3. . Make Time for Exercise
Understandably, it can be tough to find time for exercise on the road. But you don’t need a full-fledged gym and dedicate hours each day to maintain good physical health. A quick workout in your hotel room can help you clear your head and boost your energy levels. According to Mayo Clinic, this is because when we exercise our body releases a host of hormones such as adrenaline, oxytocin, and endorphins that make us feel energized and happy for hours after we’ve completed exercising.
If possible, try to get outside for a walk or run, as this is a great way to explore a new city. And if your hotel includes amenities such as a fitness center or a pool, make it a point to utilize it. Staying active will help you stay healthy while you're on the road.
4. Bring Your Dog Along with You
Bringing a pet on travels is often a stressful activity for pet owners. However, it can prove to be advantageous as well, especially for your mental health. Having your pet with you in a new place will provide some much-needed comfort and support. Additionally, after a long day of work, there is nothing better than spending some quality time with your pet to relax and overcome stress.
Given that dogs require physical activity to stay healthy, it will prompt you to take at least a couple of walks each day. But, remember to pack all necessary pet products such as leashes, a portable dog bed, shampoo, soap, and food. If you’re confused about what products to buy, here’s a trusted website featuring product reviews from vets.
5. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
When visiting new places, it’s best to remain vigilant to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. This can include:
● Close your eyes and breathe in the environment around you. How does the air feel, going into your body? Do you need to open the window a bit for some fresh air while sleeping? Airconditioning often destroys air if the filters are not managed properly.
● Keeping digital copies of all important Travel and ID documentation
● Never leaving bags unattended, whether it be in the hotel lobby or a train station
● Locking the luggage when leaving the room
When on the road, give the same amount of attention to health as you do to work. This will include being physically active, staying hydrated, prioritizing personal safety, spending time with people who love you like your pet, and maintaining a self-care routine! When you are caring for yourself, your work will receive better care too.
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Article written by: Charlie Sunday