Health Tips for Frequent Flyers
Travel can be stressful, especially if it’s part of your job and you do it on a regular basis. Jet lag, time away from family, unfamiliar places, job performance expectations and irregular sleeping and eating patterns can really take their toll on your nerves and health.
Add in some circumstances over which you have no control, such as flight cancellations and delays, lost luggage, and last minute meeting or conference changes, and you have the makings of a massive meltdown.
So what can you do to stay calm, maintain your health naturally and deal appropriately with stressful circumstances as a frequent traveler?
- Keep a bag packed with spare toiletries, wrinkle-free clothing and items that you would normally pack for every trip. With your “travel bag” always ready, you’re less likely to forget something, and you keep packing and re-packing time and effort to a minimum.
- Try to book flights with just one or two airlines to build frequent flyer miles that you can use for pre-boarding privileges, upgrades or to bring a significant other along on your trip.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport so that you’re not rushing. Bring a good book to read while you’re waiting to board your flight, or catch up on some email!
- Place identification (including passport), camera, laptop and any valuables in your hand luggage. You’ll feel more secure when you know these items are always with you.
- Wherever you go, find some time to engage in something pleasurable – a massage, some sightseeing, a dip in the pool or a local cultural event.
- Make sure you get the proper amount of sleep – sleep helps the body to rest and rejuvenate for the next day’s activity. If you’re crossing time zones, this is especially important.
- Make sure you take the time to eat well. Try some local cuisine. Ask business associates or hotel staff to recommend some good eateries for you to try. Refrain from overeating and drinking too much alcohol.
- Make use of the exercise facilities available in many hotels as a way to ease stress that can result in headaches and other physical symptoms. Don’t forget to pack some gym clothes and shoes!
- Stay in touch with those at home who probably miss you as much as you miss them.
- Try to maintain a sense of humor at all times, especially when dealing with unpredictable circumstances, rude people and bad weather. Make the best of every bad situation to stay positive.
- Keep a diary to record both good and bad experiences during your trip. You’ll want to share the good experiences – and writing about those that are not so good is a great way to relieve stress.
Frequent travel can be stressful, but it can also provide a means to explore new people, places, cultures and foods. You might even get a bit of sightseeing in as well! Make the best of it and remember to come in for your chiropractic adjustments as often as possible. Regular chiropractic care before and after can help you to deal more effectively with the stress of frequent travel.