Battle that Business Travel Stress

Travel experts have recently pointed out that business travel can be a stressful adventure loaded with sleep deprivation, unhealthy eating habits and working at a nonstop pace onboard an airplane. These are all components that can lead to a stress overload.


The jet lag issue is in fact a chemical imbalance where there is a lack of serotonin which regulates sleeping, eating and mood patterns. Experts say taking a supplement such as a 2mg dose of melatonin which is a hormone that is part of the sleep and wake cycle can be useful.  Another useful supplement is an enzyme called tryptophan which helps the body manufacture enough serotonin to help promote better sleep. Tryptophan might sound familiar. Your Thanksgiving turkey contains the enzyme which is why many folks might feel sleepy after consuming turkey.


Aside from taking supplements there are some other ways to help combat stress before it sets in by planning the trip accordingly. Experts also say creating a simple, comfortable wardrobe can be beneficial. Don’t over dress and don’t over pack. The last thing you want to do is worry about which business savvy shoes you will need to wear. Don’t pack a different outfit and shoes for every day you’re gone. Find a common clothing theme and stick with one pair of shoes.


Drink a lot of water. It’s no secret that hydrating your body has hundreds of benefits to the human body. An airplane cabin is an extremely dry atmosphere and hydrating can do wonders to combat the effects of a pressurized cabin environment on your body and mind set. Experts emphasize not consuming alcoholic beverages or caffeine in order to feel good once you land at your destination.


As soon as you land, grab something healthy to eat. Staying away from foods high in carbohydrates and consuming those that the body can absorb quickly are important for the body to regain the energy lost during that flight.


Experts and physicians will tell you to walk, and keep mobile. Sitting for long periods of time causes the blood in your body to pool around your ankles. If you’re on a long flight and when the captain turns off that seat belt sign it’s a good idea to get up and move those legs as often as you can.