Utilizing a Car Service to Reduce the Stress of Business Travel
Guest Blog by Megan Bearce, LMFT
Stress, burnout, travel friction. These are the challenges frequent business travelers face. If you are a road warrior, time is valuable and finding ways to maximize it is key. Traveling to and from the airport can be a time suck, but it doesn’t have to be. In my book Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart, I share tips for reducing stress and keeping relationships strong when your job or commute keep you from home. One area you can look at is how do you start and end your trip through the lens of these three R’s.
You may wonder what a car service has to do with that? Well, first off, if you aren’t driving, you are free to safely make phone calls or catch up on emails you may have missed during your flight. By tackling those prior to arriving home, you can free up time to finally be off of the clock. Taking a quick look at your family calendar can also help in planning your weekend so there are no surprises.
If jet lag has you drained, you could instead use that time in the car for a quick nap or simply some quiet time. Mindfulness techniques can be done anywhere, so try closing your eyes, taking some deep breaths, and focus on a word such as “calm”, “grounded” or “success”. These can be used pre-travel, before you face security lines and the chaos of boarding or on the way home to center yourself. Hydration is also key to staying healthy on the road so can you drink a bottle of water during the ride?
In my research, I found that the biggest challenge road warrior relationships face is the transition to and from home. If you are able to return a little bit refreshed and not harried from the stress of tackling traffic after a long day of travel, it can make it easier to be more present in your relationship. Many road warriors I’ve spoken to share stories of arriving home and wanting to do nothing more than veg out on the couch. As you can imagine, this doesn’t go over well with loved ones who are excited to see you again. A quick text saying, “On my way. Excited to see you!”, combined with the above tips can go a long way in setting the tone for one more “R”, a happy re-entry to your home life.
For more strategies and resources related to road warrior wellness and super commutes, visit www.meganbearce.com