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