Being in charge of a big event can be incredibly stressful. From meetings, errands, paperwork, and running the budget, there is always something else to do! Event coordinators or sales teams can understand how quickly the stress can mound up in a short amount of time, often leaving you overwhelmed and strained out. But never fear! Taking time away from your work to relax, while it might be challenging at first, will actually make you more productive and much less stressed. Here are our tips for the best ways to de-stress while you’re planning an event.
1. Make a List
Taking a step back to reflect on the things you need to do is incredibly therapeutic because it makes your tasks seem doable. You’ll end up more productive, organized, and efficient as a result of carefully outlining; additionally, you won’t forget that one little thing that always slips your mind. There is also more likely that you will be able to achieve the things you want to do if you write them down, since writing cements the ideas into your mind. Finally, the emotional benefits to list-making include the great sense of accomplishment when you’re able to cross of an item, raising your self esteem and making you feel super capable and productive!
Could you go a day without your electronic devices? How about thirty minutes? Taking some time, however brief, to “re-charge” your energy is a vital choice when you’re facing a lot of stress. While you might think that you can’t spare the time to do so, it will actually make you more productive once you return, making up for the time away. Even taking a short walk around the neighborhood, while leaving your phone at home, can make you more capable of facing even the most difficult tasks.
Laughter is infectious, and it stops you from becoming too stressed. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins in your brain, the natural feel-good chemicals that contribute to your health, well-being, and happiness. One good laugh can actually relax your entire body for up to 45 minutes! Take some time during your planning to joke with your co-workers, or grab your phone to check out a funny website. Find the humor in your job!
Sleep… You know you need it! The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Although many people often say that they can function well with only 4-6 hours of sleep, it has been proven that adults who sleep less have a harder time concentrating and experience more mood problems than adults who sleep 7-9 hours. Additionally, sleeping hosts with it benefits that will help you plan your event: improved memory, increased creativity, and sharpen your attention. The best of all – getting enough sleep lowers your stress level.
5. Stretching for 15 minutes
Being connected with our bodies is important for our overall health. Stretching is a great way to achieve this connection in a short amount of time. Stretching improves flexibility and helps smooth out muscle imbalances, leaving you healthier physically. Additionally, when you focus on stretching and breathe deeply in and out, your mind is cleared, effectively improving your ability to focus and your productivity. Finally, stretching helps fight the fatigue that we experience every day at our demanding jobs, leaving us more capable to take on the challenges that may come our way.