Training conferences are awesome. You get to rub shoulders with industry leaders, colleagues while learning about your chosen profession. But training conferences are also a time where you are exposed to illness. Like it or not, conferences are an infectious stew. They often occur during the winter months where people are cooped up and sharing germs. If you attend events unprepared, you are likely to go home sick yourself. So how do you go about staying healthy while protecting yourself from getting sick?
- Wash your hands. Many germs are passed by our hands to our face. Keep your hands clean and you will go a long way to preventing exposure to the nasties that make you sick. Wash thoroughly and use a towel to open the door as you exit.
- Keep your hands away from your face. You can’t always get to a sink to wash your hands, but you can keep your hands away from your face. Germs want to get their way into your nose and eyes so be particularly careful about picking or rubbing your nose and rubbing your eyes.
- Stay hydrated. Hotel air is dry. Dry air means dry respiratory tract. Dry respiratory track means your protective mucous is vulnerable to invasion. Stay hydrated. One benefit is that you will need to go to the bathroom more where you can wash your hands.
- Eat well. Nutrition matters. It may not be the time to start your diet but you know how to make good choices versus bad ones. Enjoy yourself, but be sure to think about vitamins.
- Get some rest. Lots of late nights drinking and partying, I mean networking, with colleagues should be done in moderation. Keep in mind that you aren’t twenty anymore.
Following these steps doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick. But you will certainly improve the odds.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel) along with several books (https://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com/store-2/). Listen to his podcast at PestGeek Podcast (https://pestgeekpodcast.com/). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. If you would like to have Stephen speak at your event or use his consultation services, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.