Event managers are forced to wear many different hats. The amount of different responsibilities is often what attracts event managers to the profession. However, it’s also a main cause of stress. One second an event manager may be dealing with the stresses of a designing a complex room lay out and the next is spent worrying about whether or not the caterer has two vegan meal options. Staying level-headed and learning how to properly manage stress is one of the most important jobs of any event manager. Today, we put together some helpful ways to better manage the stress in your life.
#1 Prioritize Clearly and Concisely
We may be a bit biased, but we honestly can’t think of anything more important than integrating the proper event planning software in order to better map out and prioritize your list of responsibilities. By utilizing our cloud based event logistics software, event managers are able to have all of the necessary data at their fingertips anywhere in the world. It’s important to leverage technology and know that all information is accounted for and organized at all times.
#2 Set Boundaries with Your Clients
A lot of event professionals are successful, in-part, because they are workaholics. But it is important that there are times where you can shut your brain off and just relax with your favorite TV show or book. The best way to do this is to let your clients know at the very beginning when you are available for phone calls and emails. Give clear office hours and stick to them. If special circumstances arise, it’s okay to bend, but make sure that you give your brain a break now and then.
#3 Download a Meditation Helper
As mental health awareness continues to grow, more and more people are singing the praises of meditation. Apps like HeadSpace and Calm are available to download for free and can provide guided meditations that can work wonders. Know that you don’t have to a perfect meditator to reap the benefits. Simply by taking some time to be quiet and focus on the breath will work to lower your heart rate and realign stress levels in your body.
#4 Get Outdoors
This can be even more difficult in the winter months, but science has proven the benefits of the vitamin D absorbed from the sun and the fresh air in your lungs. Whether it’s a walk outside with your dog or a trip on a hiking excursion, the great outdoors can help clear your mind and rejuvenate you for the next big event.
#5 Prioritize Sleep
Too often event planners use coffee as a crutch to make up for a lack of sleep. A lack of sleep can impact your mood, your ability to judge things properly and your ability to retain information. Using coffee to counteract a lack of sleep can leave you jittery and even more anxious! Sleep works to restore both your body and your mind, so make sure you are getting the 6-8 hours recommended every night.
Do you have a favorite way to lower the stress levels in your life? Drop us a comment and help other event professionals in the process!