My job as a Traveling Recruiter takes me on the road for days at a time. Living out of a suitcase, sleeping in a different bed and being thrown off course, it’s so easy to fall off the track in regards to routine. Grabbing a quick burger on the go, putting off lunch or skipping it entirely and having a heavy pasta dinner at 9pm are definitely a few examples of my weekly eating habits while on the road. If you ask anyone in our office, I am all about schedules and routine; I always bring in a homemade lunch and stick to a strict plan. This turbulence affects my entire day and week and has made me realize that there are many side effects like digestion issues, being sluggish, having low energy, extreme tiredness and all around, not being the same as my everyday self.
After realizing these uncomfortable effects on my body, I figured it was time to put a plan into action. Every Sunday at my house is meal prep day, so why should a travel week be any different? Planning healthy meals and snacks for every day are great ways to make sure I always have healthy options, making the day run smoother. With terrific food delivery services out there, such as Skip The Dishes, you can pre-order and pay for your meals to be delivered at a specific time, holding yourself to that schedule. The hotel chain we use most often has a fridge, stove and dishwasher, allowing the option to bring even more prepared meals, thus eliminating the need for spontaneous overindulgence.
When you look good, you feel good…unless your clothes are wrinkled and stored in a suitcase like mine were previously. I have learned that unpacking my suitcase, hanging my items in the closet and taking advantage of the entire room with my personal items makes me feel more at home and organized. Not to mention a small handheld steamer is my new trusty sidekick. It has also allowed me to realize the necessities I need while on the road and the items that can stay behind instead of overpacking. Doing so allows extra room for my favorite pillow, which in turn provides me with a little comfort from home.
Last but not least, just because you are away for work, doesn’t mean you cannot get up and move around! That’s right, exercising is still an important part of your daily activity…so don’t skip it. Most hotels offer a gym/workout facility and some even have indoor pools. It can be as simple as just taking a leisurely stroll and exploring the unfamiliar territory of the city you are in.
It all boils down to continuing to look after yourself the best way you can. It may not happen overnight, but if you keep tweaking it, I’m confident all your hard planning will pay off.