5 things to do to leave a conference feeling better than when you arrived

I have been to a lot of conferences, and had many experiences.  Attending professional meetings can be exhilarating, educational and exhausting. With a little planning, attention to how your body feels and a few changes in your routine, you can leave feeling more refreshed than when you arrived. 
As a speaker at the upcoming AANP Conference in Denver, I want my colleagues to learn, recharge and connect.
Grab these 5 tips before you grab the coffee or soda.

SLEEP

Get enough sleep.  Your brain’s need for sleep does not decrease when you travel. If you are staying up late, and getting up early, consider a 20-minute power nap to refresh.

 
ARTICLE ON POWER NAPS FOR ALL DAY ENERGY

HYDRATE

Stay hydrated. Drink one glass of water for every glass of something else you consume. This is especially important in dry climates, air-conditioned spaces, and when consuming alcohol.

Aim for ½ ounce of water for each pound of body weight/day ( 150#=75 oz of water = 9 glasses, 8oz).

Get tired of plain water?  Add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber.

 MOVE


Go for a walk
, outside if possible.

“Superbrain Yoga”- an easy to perform exercise that combines movement and breathing patterns- can be calming or energizing.  

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW TO DO “SUPERBRAIN YOGA

BREATHE

“Mindful Minutes” – Pause for 5 minutes and notice the sights, sounds, and smells of your environment, just breathing in and out, and ‘noticing’.

“Purposeful Breathing” – Can be done sitting, standing, pretty much anywhere, here’s how: 

               Pause * Inhale * Lift Your Sternum * Hold for a Moment * Exhale Completely 

               Repeat as desired.

CONNECT

Feed your spirit. Connect with old friends and make new ones.

This can be as brief as a smile and a handshake or hug, a short visit, or sharing a beverage or a meal.

     ARTICLE ON OXYTOCIN THE “LOVE HORMONE”
     ARTICLE ON SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS & OXYTOCIN

Find time for fun. Explore the surrounding environment, you may miss a few sessions, but have more attention for the sessions you do attend.

5 thoughts on “5 things to do to leave a conference feeling better than when you arrived

  1. New Kids on the Block is my favourite band of 90s. NKOTB had so many hit songs! The ones I remember are ‘Tonight’, ‘Baby, I Believe In You’ and their hit ‘Step By Step’. These are real songs, not fake ones like today! And it is sooo good NKOTB have a tour in 2019! So I’m going to attend New Kids on the Block concert this year. The concert setlist is here: New Kids on the Block tour Atlanta. Check it out and maybe we can even visit one of the performances together!

  2. Great post! I totally agree to what you wrote here. Conferences are tiring and boring at times so these should be followed so that you’ll leave the conference feeling better.

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