Planning events is hard. High-pressure situations, long hours, lots of important decisions, and even more people — it’s no wonder event professionals ranked in the top 10 most stressful jobs.
With all of the moving parts of event planning, it’s inevitable for planners to feel stress. However, there is a drastic difference between a healthy amount of stress and a chronic, unrelenting state of stress which is called a burnout.
A burnout is the state of emotional and physical exhaustion that affects all areas of your life — including social, home, and work life. It’s not possible to meet the constant demands of being an event planner when you feel this way.
We know as event professional you want to give your 110% all the time so we’ve compiled a few tips for preventing burnout.
As important as social support is, I’ve found many professionals lack a strong support network. A true support network is not the co-worker you turn to when you have juicy office gossip to share. It is a friend, a family member, and even a co-worker who offers positive emotional support when work or life begins to take its toll on you.
You don’t have to have an army behind you (although that doesn’t hurt). When seeking out a support group make sure the individual(s) has a meaningful relationship with you. Sometimes it is helpful to find this person in other areas of interest in your life like church, the gym or your neighborhood. That way you can truly step away from the office and breathe.
Make Time for Me
While picking up and heading to the beach in the midst of stressful event planning would be nice, it’s just not feasible. That’s where “me-time” comes in. “Me-time” is time spent pursuing one’s own interests and is essential for maintaining a healthy life and reducing stress. Whether that is reading, spin class, or journaling, find your stress outlet and schedule it in regularly!
As a self-proclaimed “do-it-yourselfer” I know what it’s like to want to do everything yourself. However, that isn’t healthy. As event planners you have a team that is there to back you up, encourage you and of course help take on any task. Take time to truly assess what work you can and should do and what work can be passed onto one of your trusted teammates.
With technology keeping us connected to the world 24/7, I understand how hard it is to unplug. However, being constantly “busy” with work or catching up on feeds leaves no time for your brain to shut down and restore a.k.a go to sleep!
When I say sleep I am not talking a mere 5 hours a night. A lack of sleep leads to weight gain, heart disease, and even more stress. Prioritizing getting a healthy amount of sleep every night is essential to rebooting your system each day and remember you deserve it!
Eat Cake for Breakfast
Ok, that one was a tad bit of a joke, but seriously eat breakfast. Do it before you step into the office. Do it before you read that full inbox of emails. Do it while catching up with your co-workers in the morning kitchen. A healthy, balanced breakfast will provide you with the much-needed energy to own your day.