Clever ways to avoid business travel stress
Stress is a daily reality of the 21st Century. South Africa’s major cities are renowned for their traffic congestion, which has been linked to depression. Load shedding and electioneering can add to the feeling of being overloaded and overcrowded, and needing to travel for business can compound that.
April is Stress Awareness Month, so Shaun Pozyn, Head of kulula Marketing has some suggestions on a more relaxing trip.
Using your holiday can give you the benefits of time off while not falling behind on work. Millions of people around the world work remotely using laptops and Wi-Fi. The trick to doing this while on holiday, says Pozyn, is to marshal the time you spend working.
“Rather than spending your holiday multitasking, spend a couple of hours focused on work and spend the rest of the time having a proper holiday, just having some fun, whether that’s outdoors or catching up on sleep.
“You’ll get far more benefit from getting through a to-do list and then shutting down your laptop than from being half on holiday and half at work. Some people find it helpful to arrange with colleagues and clients to be available online and via phone for a specific period each day, say from 9am until 11am.
Going offline can be a total stress reliever, its like detoxing and there’s a lot of evidence that the benefits can last a lot longer than the detox itself. For example, if you’ve travelled to a two-day conference, you can take a day’s leave before flying home. After the conference, spend the day exploring the city and its surrounding. Mark Twain wrote that travel is “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” It can also be very effective at cutting stress.
Work up a sweat:
Physical exertion is a good antidote to the pressures of work and starting or ending the day with a workout, run, swim or fitness class will help clear your head of spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.
Get some sunlight:
While too much exposure to the sun can be harmful, too little can lead to a form of depression. In a sunny country like South Africa though, a few minutes in sunlight will help your body produce Vitamin D, which is vital for healthy bones, boosts immunity and reduces the risk of diabetes. Sunlight also enables your body to produce serotonin, which is associated with boosting one’s mood and helping you feel focused and calm.
Even the most realistic and determined of captains of industry acknowledge that mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for improving concentration and creativity and “decompressing” from stress. One simple reason that it’s so effective is that you can’t do anything else while meditating. Not multitasking for a few minutes during the day is a good way to “reset” your mind and tune out yourself to the working environment.
Find quiet spaces:
If you’re travelling from Lanseria and need a breather, visit our SLOW XS Lounge. Designed to be a place of calm amid the bustle of travel, you can choose to catch up on work, sample some great food options or just relax with a drink. The lounge has power-sockets and spare chargers in case you’ve forgotten to pack yours. www.slow.co.za