Here's how you can stay balanced amid the craziness of Anaheim.

Cameron Simcik, Community & Conference Content Coordinator

February 17, 2020

3 Min Read
Expo West Yoga

At the world's largest natural and organic trade show, overwhelm and stress might feel like the norm. But, between exhibiting, networking, learning and deal-making, it's important to not lose sight of your mental health and general self-care during such a busy week.

How can you pause and recharge with jam-packed days? Read on for five ways to honor your mental health at Natural Products Expo West. It's easier than you might think.

Start your day with early morning yoga

Expo West Early Morning Yoga

Before the trade show halls open and education begins, start your morning off calm and rejuvenated at the early morning yoga sessions from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Grand Plaza Stage.

Join us Wednesday, March 4 through Saturday, March 7 for an hour and a half of moving, stretching and centering before busy days of Expo West ensue. Haven't practiced yoga before? No problem! These sessions are for all levels. Yoga mats are provided; just bring your reusable water bottle.

Reduce your stress with guided meditation

Expo West Morning Meditation

If yoga isn't your thing, try starting your day with a 45-minute guided meditation practice with fellow industry peers. Meditation is a simple practice that can reduce stress and increase happiness, so all are welcome regardless of experience level. Join us 8:15 - 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, March 6 at the Arena Plaza stage to focus, chill out and ground yourself for the day.

Experience community connection at Natural Products Business School

Entrepreneurs Talking at Natural Products Business School

Whether it's your first, second or even tenth time at Expo West, being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel isolating. That's where the Natural Products Business School comes in. This full day of networking and education is purpose-built for emerging brands and is focused on the power of connection and community. This year, we're covering everything from market trends and opportunities to raising the right kinds of capital. We're also placing a special focus on the importance of mental health and self-care among entrepreneurs with the 25-minute session, Don't Go Alone: Enoughness, Self-Care & the Power of Strong Teams.

Join Jane Miller of Lily's Sweets, Vincent Kitirattragarn of Dang Foods and other founders as they explore the importance of community and connection among entrepreneurs and the effect it has on our mental health. Upgrade your Super Pass here to include Natural Products Business School to get in on this event. Save $100 if you register by Jan. 31.

Step outside for a lunch break

Food Truck Sampling at Expo West

When you're spending hours on your feet exhibiting, networking and learning, it's important to refuel and catch a break. We're making it easy for you to step outside to get fresh air and a bite to eat at the daily outdoor food trucks, located within quick walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Join us Monday through Saturday at the Arena Plaza and Wednesday through Saturday at the Grand Plaza and Sheraton parking lot for healthy eats, sunshine and a break from the show floor.

Dance away your stress

Expo West Evenings on the Plaza Concerts

Celebrate expo days and dance off your stress and worries at Evenings on the Plaza—three free concerts! From Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, March 6, head out to the Grand Plaza Stage from 6 - 8 p.m. for nightly dancing, socializing and connecting with industry friends. Check out The Hip Abduction Wednesday, Black Pumas Thursday and Nahko and Medicine for the People Friday.

About the Author(s)

Cameron Simcik

Community & Conference Content Coordinator, New Hope Network

Cameron is a certified nutritionist passionate about elevating emerging natural products brands through writing and conference programming and bringing holistic health to the masses.

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