Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a few days off at the conclusion of one of our events. But if you get the chance to take a few days, it will be time well spent. Just make sure to spend it on you.
Many of us hold events all over the country (or even the world) so plan to stay a few extra days and get in some well-deserved down time and take advantage of the town that had just been your temporary home.
You can choose one (or several) spa treatments, most likely at the host hotel or venue where you had your meeting. Even guy-planners are getting in on the mani/pedi action these days.
Don't overlook your host city as a way to lose yourself in relaxation. Many places have great ways to kill an afternoon. One of my favorite post-meeting cool downs was High Tea (which happened to be at the Four Seasons in Boston). This is about as relaxing as it gets. Get waited on, chose from several teas and nibble on cute, little (and delicious) finger sandwiches, while people-watching out of the ornate windows or in luxurious lobbies.
If you happen to be in a part of the country that has an amusement park, it's a great way to blow off the steam from a high-stress event and have some fun at the same time. That Whack-a-Mole game provides exercise and stress relief!
If nothing else, just walk around, relax and have a big fat zero of things on your schedule. Grab one of the local tours and see all the things your attendees saw that you didn't have time for, or delve into the gastro offerings and sample some local cuisine.
The important thing is to take care of You, at least for a few days at the end of a well-planned meeting. It's fun, assists in relaxation and it may even help you ward off that nasty post-meeting cold so many planners seem to come down with. It just goes to show you what stress can do to a body.
How do YOU relax after a big meeting?