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10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health While Attending INBOUND 2022
The annual INBOUND event is a great place to network and learn about innovative ideas. It can also be a lot of fun!
That said, going to any large business event can be very stressful. Traveling, being away from home, and trying to keep track of your schedule can take their toll on your mental health.
In this article, we’ll provide you with 10 ways to improve your mental health during INBOUND 2022 or your next big event.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to lose track of your sleep schedule at INBOUND. Activities are happening all day, and most people like to hit the town to enjoy Boston’s nightlife during the evening hours.
It's important to schedule time for sleep when you're attending any business event. If you have a regular bedtime, stick to it. You might have to miss out on some of the nightlife, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re bright-eyed and ready for the next day.
- Eat Healthy Foods
There are plenty of healthy eating options at INBOUND, but it may be tempting to go for fast food to save time. Be mindful of what foods you eat for your regular meals, and only treat yourself every once in a while.
Eating healthy foods will help you maintain your energy levels and keep your mind sharp. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks will also help you avoid the dreaded sugar crash.
- Get Some Exercise
Exercising at a business event might seem like a silly idea, but it can do wonders for your mental health if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. If you’re staying in a hotel, it may have a gym available to guests. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of it in the morning before you head off to the event.
If you can't fit in a full workout, just go for a quick walk or a run outside.
- Stay Hydrated
Staying properly hydrated is difficult. According to research by filtered water system provider Quench, 77% of American employees don’t think they drink enough water during the workday.
It can be even more challenging to remember to stay hydrated while you’re at a business event. Bring along a portable water bottle so you always have something to sip on. Drinking plenty of water will help you stay focused and avoid fatigue.
- Take Breaks
When you're feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself to relax and rejuvenate. Step outside for some fresh air, find a quiet spot to meditate or pray, or visit the “quiet room” at INBOUND and unplug from your electronics.
- Stay Connected with Loved Ones:
Being away from your friends and family can be difficult, especially if you have children.
Talking to your friends and family while you’re away can help reduce stress and make you feel more connected. Send them a text or give them a call while you’re winding down in the evening.
- Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol might seem like it will help you relax or even become more sociable, but it could make your anxiety worse. Drinking too much could also produce a nasty hangover the next day, and that can only hurt your mood.
Consider avoiding alcohol altogether. If you do decide to drink, make sure you do so responsibly. B complex vitamins can be a great tool to making sure you're prepped and ready for the next day's events.
- Practice Deep Breathing
You won’t always be able to step away to get some personal time or go for a walk. In those moments, practicing deep breathing might be the best way to get a little bit of relief.
Deep breathing is a simple but effective way to calm your mind and body. It increases the flow of oxygen to the brain and even stimulates your nervous system.
- Remember Your Strengths
Going to a large business event like INBOUND can be intimidating. You’ll be surrounded by some of the most brilliant people in marketing and technology. Sometimes, it can be difficult not to compare yourself to others, and that can contribute to social anxiety.
If you start to feel intimidated, try to remember your strengths as a person. There’s a reason you’re at the event. You’re a representative of your company, and you bring a lot of value to the table.
- Prepare Ahead of Time
Like many business events, INBOUND is big—big enough that you can get lost and forget where you’re supposed to go.
To avoid unnecessary stress, plan ahead. Browse the agenda to decide which talks, workshops, and other events you want to attend before you travel. Leave enough time in your schedule to eat, sleep, and relax.
Get Ready for INBOUND 2022
We hope these tips will help you stay mentally healthy at your next big event, and we hope you’re as excited about INBOUND 2022 as we are!
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