As a crafter, you have probably seen hundreds of posts about the Craft & Hobby Megashow this week. Maybe you were even there. What you don't see is how very exhausting a trade show can be. Long working hours, standing on the concrete floor of a convention center, and networking can take a toll on your body. The there's also the emotional let-down people experience after such a huge event. Today I thought I would share some tips on how I recover from trade shows
Schedule time to rest and relax. If at all possible, try to take a day or two off after the show. Don't schedule anything. Give yourself permission to rest! Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed. Binge on some of your favorite television shows, read, and do something creative just for fun!
Eat healthy. Your body is tired, your immune system is weak, and you've just been exposed to a whole lot of germs. You probably weren't able to eat very healthy while you were at the show either. Give your body the nutrition it needs to regain its strength and health. Drink lots of water and eat lots of veggies. An easy way to get lots of veggies in fast is to try green smoothies. I've got a great tasting "beginner" smoothie recipe here and a pumpkin smoothie recipe here. I also personally supplement with vitamin C and some garlic. Both of which will assist my body in fighting off any virus' I may have been exposed to. (Please note, I'm not a medical professional! You need to check with your doctor before taking supplements to ensure they are right for you and will react well with other treatments and medications you may be taking.)
- Move your body, gently. It's tempting to crawl into bed after a busy trade show, but you really should move your body a bit. A nice walk will help keep your blood flowing to tired, sore muscles and will assist your body in releasing toxins. I also love to do a little yoga to clear my mind. I especially like to do this restorative pose as it helps get all the blood and water that pooled into my legs and feet flowing out again.(Again, another disclaimer, I'm not a doctor, and don't play one on this blog, so be smart and do what's right for your body. If you aren't sure, talk to your doctor or a fitness professional.)
- Reconnect with your loved ones. While my husband does an excellent job of caring for our daughter while I'm away working, she still feels a little stressed because her schedule is a bit different. I spend some extra snuggling with her. When she was a toddler, I used to lay down and take a nap with her on my first day back. Just that one little nap and she was back to feeling happy. Now that she's older, I crawl into her bed with her before she goes to sleep and we chat and catch-up. I also make some extra time for my husband. It's hard to be the partner left behind and, I know all too well how exhausting running the house by yourself can be. The need to reconnect isn't only on their side either. I missed them and love being back with my little family!
- Get outside. Convention centers are dark! You are probably short on vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. You also need a little fresh air (literally) after being cooped up in planes and hotel rooms that sometimes feel like they are hermetically sealed! Get outside in nature. It will relax and renew you.
Don't worry about follow-up yet. Take some time to journal and dream about some of the opportunities that presented themselves during the show. When you are at the show, you can get caught up in the excitment and feel like you want to do everything that comes your way. Take your post-show downtime to connect with your goals and think about the opportunities deeply. Do they feel good? Will they get you closer to your goals? Take the business side out during this rest period and connect with your intuition. When it's time to get back to work you will feel more focused and your follow-up will be more authentic and enjoyable if you are following leads that will take you where you want to be.