Relaxing while you travel
by Prof. Dr. Dietrich Baumgart - M.D., Preventicum private practice at Breidenbacher Hof, Düsseldorf, Germany
Flights, time difference, taxis, meetings, too little sleep – frequent travelers are often under a lot of stress.Life without stress is impossible – and unnecessary. The important thing is for a stressful phase to be followed by a relaxing one, so that your body can recover. Therefore you should make sure that you get the necessary balance while being on a business trip.
Active recreation, for example through the balancing effect of exercise, is the best way to do your body good. It’s enough to simply swim a lap, take a walk or go for an easy jog. However, it is important to enjoy the exercise. Forcing yourself to do something only because you think it is good for you just creates more stress. Yoga, meditation, and Qigong are also helpful. Indulging in a massage or making use of the wellness zone can be recuperative as well.
In addition, a visit to a museum can take your mind off things and do you a world of good. At mealtimes, choose foods that are not spicy and that contain light ingredients, which means eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. When you are stressed, coffee and alcohol tend to have a negative effect on your state of health. It is better to drink a lot of water or juice spritzers.
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