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Aug

27

How to stay grounded at conferences

How To Prevent Conference Fatigue:  How to stay grounded at your next conference, workshop, or long training.

conference-nametagLong days in chilly hotel rooms where you mingle with strangers (or friends), breathe in air conditioning, and stand for hours on end can be a mix of excitement and fatigue. You often leave these situations sick, tired, hoarse, overwhelmed, giddy, and just feeling a bit all over the place. Your feet often hurt, your digestion system out of whack, and even though you may be buzzing with new ideas, your whole body and mind are often just plain tired.

Here’s how to get through every conference taking with you the positive, but leaving behind the draining feeling, the sore feet, and (hopefully) the post-conference colds!

1. Wear your Pluggz!

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Ditch the conference shoes and wear your grounding Pluggz! Not only will your feet thank you due to our trampoline heel, but our grounding technology will help prepare you for the long days of standing, mingling, and traditional conference frenzy.  We’ve all seen the women who are unused to wearing heels who can barely walk by the end of the long conference. Don’t let that be you! Stay stylish, but stay comfortable while also allowing yourself to get rooted and tap into the earth, even in the middle of a labyrinth sized hotel!

2. Bring snacks

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While it seems like conference are an endless buffet of food options, coffee, etc., they often lack healthy alternatives. Bring your own snacks (including nuts and fruit) to keep yourself going, without resorting to the sugary alternatives provided.  Also be sure to either bring a reusable water bottle with you from home or purchase a large bottle of water at the hotel. Conferences often don’t provide enough water and you want to stay hydrated with all that talking, sitting, and indoor air!

3. Find a way to get outside

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Even if the conference is held at huge resort hotel that has all possible amenities inside…find a way, even if it is only five or ten minutes, to walk outside and see the sunshine!  (Or see the snowshine or rainstorms if the weather is unpleasant.) Even if it’s just for five minutes, breathing the fresh air and seeing the sky can transform your outlook for the rest of the day!

4. Schedule alone time

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Whether it be five minutes of meditation, taking a coffee break to journal, or just going up to your room for a quick power nap. make sure you take a break to be alone. Even the biggest extroverts need to recharge ever so slightly during the busyness of conferences.  Find the time to give YOU time.  Making sure you’re feeling rested, recharged, and feeling YOU will guarantee that you establish the most quality connections, retain the knowledge you’re learning, and keep you feeling calm and centered.

Then the trick, do these same things the day you RETURN from the conference! A first day back can be the hardest, so make sure you make time to ground, relax with yourself, eat healthy, and get outdoors when you get home from your trip!

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How do you stay grounded, connected and calm at conferences? Let us know if you have any hints we can pass along.

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