Jori Hamilton 4m 935
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We’re experiencing a work revolution as more companies than ever are evolving to a remote workforce. This fantastic movement is creating a cleaner environment and allowing more freedom for employees, but there are some downsides. Many people struggle with the feeling of isolation, especially remote employees who travel for work.
It can be easy to get wrapped up in work and not leave the hotel room, but it’s a scenario that you want to avoid. Protecting your physical and mental health is just as important on the road as it is at home. Here are some tips to help you stay in tip-top shape and keep a positive mindset as you work.
When traveling for work, it can be easy to fall into the habit of eating at restaurants or consuming a diet consisting mostly of room service. However, good nutrition is essential. By eating the right foods, you’ll get the energy you need for those long days and feel better all around. Instead of going for fast food, find a local grocery store and buy items for a healthy lunch.
As you buy food, incorporate plenty of fruit and veggies, which are full of vitamins and nutrients that will keep you energized and satisfy your appetite. Find small vegetables so you can slip them in your laptop bag or your pocket. Cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, celery, and blanched cauliflower are all great choices. You also want to find fruit that will travel well and not squish as you move about, such as apples and oranges. It is also a good idea to pack plenty of nuts, especially almonds, which are high in vitamin E.
Hydration is important at all times, especially when you’re traveling. Purchase a reusable water bottle and fill and drink from it regularly. Smart hydration will provide energy, protect your skin and supply essential nutrients for kidneys and other bodily functions. Try to avoid too much alcohol when traveling as drinking to excess will lead to dehydration. Plus, too much alcohol will lower your inhibitions and you need to be professional when working.
Keeping an eye on your physical health and maintaining an exercise regimen is important on the road as the desire to lounge around and sit by the pool to work can be overwhelming. Make it a habit to get in at least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercise every week. That could be in the form of morning runs, an exercise bike, or walking to restaurants and the office if the need ever arises.
Your exercise doesn’t have to be the same every day. Take advantage of the fact that you’re in a different place and use the local attractions to get the fitness you require. For instance, if there are any highly recommended hiking trails, take a long hike on a day off and see what natural wonders you can discover while also getting in a workout while outdoors. If you’re near the ocean, a lake, or your hotel has a pool, consider doing 20 to 30 laps for a great workout for your heart, lungs, and core.
If you’re ever injured on the road or you just don’t feel right, it’s important to get medical attention. This is easier said than done when working in an unfamiliar area, but luckily, telehealth can provide the help you need. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has grown by leaps and bounds, and with it, you can talk to just about any type of medical professional, from MDs to psychiatrists, which could be a lifesaver. It’s a great benefit that can save you time and money and allow you to get immediate advice and care so you don’t have to wait until you return home.
Maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being, especially when you travel a lot and you’re away from family and friends. Make it a habit to check in with loved ones at least once a day and use video calls to get the connection you desire. Your exercise routine will help keep your mind off of your troubles and sightseeing around this new city will give you exciting things to talk about when you call your family.
When working remotely, it can be easy to get lost in your tasks and work longer hours than you usually would when at the office. That’s why it’s imperative to find a healthy work-life balance to keep you in a good mental place. Set a timer and clock out at the same time every day. Also, fit in two breaks and a lunch every workday, so you get the chance to step away from the computer and come back to work refreshed.
There are many other ways that you can mitigate your stress and keep a clear mind. For instance, many people practice yoga and medication away from their work computers so they can get the clarity they desire. Others find happiness by journaling their feelings so they can reflect on the day and see their issues in writing. Basically, spend some time doing something that you enjoy and takes you away from work. The effort of doing so will do wonders for your well-being.
Working remotely on the road can certainly be tough at times, but you can’t let the hard times consume you. Try the tips discussed above and achieve a healthier body and mind as you work.
~ Jori Hamilton