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The Travel Agent Health Check

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Think you lead a healthy life? Well, you’re wrong. That’s why you clicked on this article.

We know travel agents are some hard working individuals, always checking emails, calling clients, and researching destinations, so to help, we’ve got the number one tricks for keeping a good work/life balance, and keeping your health in check.

Get these tips into your life.

1. Get moving

We know it’s no surprise that we should be moving, exercising, and getting up out of our desk chair more often. But sometimes we feel guilty escaping the office for a quick stroll around the block.

Well, we spoke to an expert on energy replenishing, and it turns out working through your lunch break and sitting still all day does more harm than good.

Walk to your lunch spot, instead of emailing go and talk to your colleague, join a gym and work out at lunch, and you’ll notice an instant lift in your productivity.

2. Stress less

Easier said than done, right? But one trick most people don’t know is that slow, meditation-like breathing can help you bring your stress levels back down to zero.

To turn off the stress responses, spend 10 minutes a day sitting silently in a comfortable position, breathing in and out for five seconds each, ignoring the other sounds around you.

Another pro tip is to use Excite Holidays to book accommodation, activities and transfers all in the one place for clients. It’ll reassure them that you know what you’re doing, and make things much simpler and quicker for you.

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3. Eat breakfast

Surely it shouldn’t be too hard to convince people to eat a delicious meal, but you’d be surprised. Our wellness expert tells us that skipping breakfast prevents our metabolism from jumping into gear, which can lead to weight gain, while also slowing us down much earlier than if we’d had that piece of avocado toast at breakfast.

An easy way to remember to eat brekkie is to keep a stash of crumpets and honey in the work kitchen, so even when you’re rushed, you’ll have a snack saved at work.

4. Take regular breaks

When we focus on the same thing for extended periods of time, we start to lose our concentration, and you guessed it, we procrastinate.

By taking short breaks at regular intervals, you can give your mind a break and unwind for a bit before getting back down to business.

Excite Holiday’s gorgeous blog has snaps of hot destinations, travel tips, and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you can only get from immersing yourself in a bit of wanderlust. Spend a few minutes perusing this site before diving back into your work! You’ll see an instant lift.

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5. Switch off

Another one of those ‘easier said than done’ things – especially for agents who are constantly on the job. But our wellness pros tell us that if you want to recharge your batteries the right way, and get a good nights’ sleep with no interruptions, turn off your devices 40 minutes before you hit the hay.

That means TVs, phones, tablets, laptops – the works – because these devices use lighting that triggers our brain to wake up and get moving, so when we try and sleep, it gets confused and won’t cooperate.

But of course if you’re an Excite agent, you’ll know that the easy-to-use booking portal and package options allow you to completely personalise your clients itinerary in less time, so you’ll feel content switching those devices off and leaving the emails unchecked.

6. Eat better

It’s a well-known fact that improving your diet simultaneously improves the quality of your life; so swapping those fries for healthier options occasionally (you deserve a treat sometimes!) will give you the boost you need at both work and home.

Try cooking larger quantities when preparing your healthy dinner of a night. This way you can pack the leftovers to take to work the next day and avoid the frantic morning rush.

Shot of a multi-generational family having lunch together at an outdoor table

7. Socialise!

That’s right – in order to be more productive, restore energy, and feel mentally healthier, it’s important to have positive social interactions. Whether that’s catching up with old friends, having a quality lunch with co-workers or just hanging about the house with family, it all contributes to a healthier wellbeing.

And if you’re really keen on this health tip, Excite has more BDMs around Australia than most wholesalers, so you can always tee up a meeting with one of these friendly folk and have a (healthy) dose of gossip.

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