Just the Basics: Self Care at a Con
We all know it's important to eat, sleep and stay hydrated. But sometimes, in the excitement of being at a con surrounded by potential friends, our favorite characters and a plethora of activities, we forget to take care of ourselves.
SO, after consulting many cosplayers, I have conglomerated some key components to keep in mind next time you're rocking your favorite cosplay and/or running around with your squad at a con
1. EAT REAL FOOD & STAY HYDRATED
Con Suite food can be delicious. Often there are cookies and chips and plenty of soda. There's nothing wrong with using these foods as a snack, but it's important to keep yourself nourished with foods that are high in protein and vitamins.
"For the food, I always go to the store before a con to buy food [to keep in] the room so that we have actual food and snacks to keep us healthy." - SlicRick (cosplayer)
Some super snacks/meals that are great for energy include things like trail mix, oats, turkey sandwiches, and bananas. In addition to eating energy superfoods, stay hydrated. I, personally, have experienced extreme dizziness and almost passed out a convention once because I forgot to drink anything that day.
2. TAKE BREAKS
It's important to take a break when you need one. Wanna go back to the room and take your shoes off for a little bit? Go for it. Need a nap? Do it. Just need to give your legs a break? Do it. One of my favorite ways to take a break when my body is tired is to go to a viewing room and catch an episode of a show I haven't seen before.
Also, it's important to keep in mind that you, or others in your group may need a social break. Sometimes it can be tiring being around so many people all at once. If you friend wants to go back to the room by themselves while you keep doing stuff, let them. Don't be mad, just be sure they're alright and have them clarify. If you need a social break, just be clear about it. Chances are your party will understand.
3. KEEP TABS ON YOUR HEALTH
Here are some questions you should ask yourself throughout the day or at least mid-day. Some may not apply to you but this list should help
Did I take my medication today?
Are my lips chapped?
Did I remember to eat (meal)?
Is my throat a little sore?
When was the last time I ate?
Yes, I know it can be fun to stay up late with your squad after whatever dance-party was happening at night, but if you're pushing your body that far there are bound to be negative consequences. You don't wanna be tired for your next day at the con, but if you're cosplaying, you'll also want to look your best--don't want your photo posted on someone's blog when your eyes are baggy! (unless its in-character)
If you feel it's totally necessary to stay up all night, I recommend looking at the con schedule and finding a time when there aren't any panels/events happening that you really would like to attend, and take that time to rest up for the big night.
If you have any comments to add on, or note things that I missed in this article, please share and discuss! Thanks!