Study: People Who Travel For Work Are More Anxious

If you’ve been feeling anxious lately you may want to look at how often you’ve been traveling for business. Research from Columbia University and City University of New York have uncovered that people who travel for business two weeks or more a month report more symptoms of anxiety and depression and are more likely to smoke, be sedentary and report trouble sleeping than those who travel one to six nights a month. Poor behavioral and mental health outcomes significantly increased as the number of nights away from home or business travel rose. Also, among those who consume alcohol, extensive business travel was found to be associated with symptoms of alcohol dependence. Study leader Dr. Andrew Rundle adds, “At the individual-level, employees who travel extensively need to take responsibility for the decisions they make around diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and sleep. However, to do this, employees will likely need support in the form of education, training, and a corporate culture that emphasizes healthy business travel.” (EurekAlert!