Attending a busy professional conference such as the 2023 Legal Summit can be exciting and intellectually stimulating, but it can also be physically and mentally demanding. To ensure that you take care of yourself and make the most of the conference, here are ten tips to keep in mind:

  1. Prioritize sleep: Aim for a good night’s sleep before the conference starts and try to maintain a regular sleep schedule throughout. This will help you stay focused and energized during the long days.
  2. Stay hydrated: Carry a water bottle with you and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating, so staying hydrated is crucial.
  3. Fuel your body with nutritious food: It’s tempting to rely on quick and unhealthy snacks during a conference, but try to make healthy food choices instead. Opt for balanced meals and snacks that provide sustained energy, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.
  4. Take breaks: Conferences can be overwhelming with a constant flow of information and networking opportunities. Give yourself regular breaks to recharge. Find a quiet corner to relax, stretch your legs, or even meditate for a few minutes.
  5. Network strategically: While networking is important, don’t feel pressured to attend every social event or engage in small talk constantly. Be selective and prioritize meaningful conversations with people who align with your professional goals or interests.
  6. Pace yourself: Pace your activities and don’t overload your schedule. It’s better to attend a few key sessions and events wholeheartedly rather than rushing from one thing to another and feeling burnt out.
  7. Practice self-care: Take time each day to engage in activities that help you relax and unwind. Start your day with a walk down the Boardwalk, or attend MSBA’s Yoga or Bootcamp on the Beach!
  8. Stay active: Sitting in sessions all day can leave you feeling lethargic. Find opportunities to move around and incorporate physical activity into your routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or go for a short walk during breaks to get your blood flowing.
  9. Manage your technology usage: While it’s important to stay connected, constant notifications and screen time can be draining. Set specific times to check your emails and messages, and consider limiting your social media use to prevent information overload.
  10. Reflect and review: Take some time at the end of each day to reflect on what you’ve learned and the connections you’ve made. Jot down key takeaways or insights, and review your notes periodically. This will help you consolidate your learning and make the most of the conference experience.