ABA Providers: How to Avoid “Con Crud” at the next Conference

With this year’s Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis behind us, it’s time to start getting ready for upcoming conferences and to start thinking about next year’s CalABA conference in Long Beach, CA. Organized by the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), the conference is a great opportunity for industry professionals to learn about the latest findings in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

If you’re planning to attend, you shouldn’t neglect the importance of taking precautions to protect your own health from “con crud.” You want to enter the conference ready to learn and socially network, and leave the conference with your head buzzing with new ideas and information– not aching from a cold or the flu. Here are some ways to stay healthy when you’re preparing for the conference:

Start exercising.

If you spend too many of your hours sitting, it’s a great idea to slowly start incorporating some exercise into your daily routine. Even taking a half-hour walk a few times a week will be beneficial for your health. The better your overall health is when you come to the conference, the more effective your immune system will be when fighting against potential infections.

Eat a healthy diet.

When you’re rushed, it’s easy to fall back on the habit of eating quick, unhealthy meals such as fast food or salty snacks. Keeping up a balanced diet, however, will help to ensure that you have the essential vitamins and nutrients you need to power through each day at the conference. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of fluids, and opting for healthy proteins.

Prioritize your nightly sleep.

When you’re on a trip, it’s tempting to stay up late and get less sleep than usual. If you’re not getting the chance to recharge every night, you won’t just suffer from fatigue during the day—you’ll also have a weaker immune system, which means you’re more vulnerable to getting sick. Getting plenty of sleep is essential for staying alert and healthy during your conference.

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