Most people would never guess that Event Planning is listed as one of the Top 10 most stressful jobs to have but if you do it for a living, you know it's a difficult profession to practice “Keep Calm and Carry On”.
Juggling hundreds of details and personalities is not for everyone. It's extremely fast-paced, requires quick thinking and often there is no rule book to guide your decisions. As event planners we have to learn how to manage the stress if we wish to continue in the industry without losing years off our lives.
Over the last three decades in event planning, I've worked hard to find ways to manage the stress and keep myself healthy.
Here are my essentials:
- Exercise: Whether it’s a daily walk, or a yoga practice several times a week, taking a break to move our bodies is essential to keeping a level head in the midst of chaos.
- Meditation: This is a big one. The hundreds of details that fill our brain at any given time don’t allow us to truly “shut down”. I’ve recently learned that daily guided meditation (using one of the many available apps) can really clear my head and give me perspective. Just 10 minutes a day can restore and refresh and help reduce event-related anxiety.
- Diet: Pre-event stress really sets in a day or two before the big day and sometimes it seems like the only thing that will get you through is more chocolate, coffee, and a glass or two of wine at night. These might provide some temporary relief and can be fine in moderation, but if we make them our go-to, our bodies and minds will suffer. Load up on good healthy green salads and juices, and lots of energy-boosting protein.
- Sleep: A good night’s sleep contributes to overall well-being and staying sharp but it's often hard to relax, shut down and get the rest we need, especially as the event draws near. I keep a notepad next to my bed and try to do a ‘brain-dump’ before I go to sleep to release all of the random event details running through my head. Otherwise, I tend to wake up in the middle of the night with something that I’ve forgotten, and sometimes can’t get back to sleep.
One of my motivations for creating the HipHolster was to keep myself organized on-site and to do away with the stress of misplacing my phone or keys. Having all of my event essentials on my body simplified the way I kept track of these things and in turn, reduced my stress!