4 reminders to take care of yourself at conventions
The new year is here, and many of us are planning which conventions to attend in 2022. While the downsides can be fun, they can also be exhausting and hard on our bodies. And even if they only last a few days, it is important to take good care of ourselves to get the most out of the experience. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for your next convention. Although they’re basic, they’re easy to overlook when you’re busy having fun.
1. Stay hydrated
Long live hydration! It is essential to stay hydrated every day. Yet it can be easy to forget this outside of our usual routine. Most of the time, I keep a water bottle with me at home or at work to remind me to drink water throughout the day. This isn’t always easy to do at a convention, especially if your suit doesn’t have pockets. Luckily for us, most conventions will have water stations everywhere to help quench the thirst of any geeks in attendance. Be sure to grab a quick cup of water every time you pass one of the water stations. You can make it fun by having a quick toast to water with your friends and colleagues.
2. Fuel your body
Depending on the scam, there may not be many food options inside or near the site. Sometimes what’s convenient won’t make our bodies feel their best. There’s nothing wrong with opting for a quick bite to eat at a local store or fast food joint, but eating this nonstop for three to five days is going to affect your energy levels. If possible, you should plan ahead and bring nutritious, non-perishable snacks to keep in your room or on your person. It could be something simple like fruit snacks, trail mix, dried fruit, jerky, rice cakes or a protein bar. Of course, you should still plan regular meals like lunch and dinner, but a good snack will do you good when you feel tired or hungry.
3. Get some sleep
Speaking of our energy levels, I can’t stress enough the importance of sleep! Many scammers have hectic schedules that will go late at night and start again early in the morning, so be sure to rest when you need it. Of course, we know that sleep is good for us and our body needs it, but your whole experience will be much more enjoyable after a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t just have to be sleeping at the end of your day – if you have some free time between panels and activities, go up to your room and take a quick nap. You’ll be glad you did later!
4. Know your comfort zone
When attending a big event, it’s important to know your limits, both physical and mental. While some of us may be on our feet all day in our suits, others may need to sit down more often and even take a break in their suits. And even though conventions include a lot of people and sometimes crowded areas, it’s okay if you need to give yourself more personal space and a mental break from all the stimulation. Don’t be afraid to miss activities if it means sacrificing your well-being. Take a break to sit and relax in a quiet space if you need to, then pick yourself up when you’re ready.
There is no right or wrong way to attend a convention as long as you have a good time and respect those around you. Try using some of the steps listed above at your next convention, because even superheroes and legendary warriors need to take care of themselves. Stay safe and healthy, friends!