26 August 2021
How to sustain a healthy mind as an Events Manager
Stress has been classified as the health epidemic of the 21st century by the World Health Organisation. VeryWellMind defines stress as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain and Every Mind Matters defines it as the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure.
With its intensive periods and continuous multitasking, working as an event manager is the 5th most stressful job you can have. As an events manager, there are lots of areas that require your attention at the same time and this can easily cause stress. The Event Magazine survey found that 83% of event workers said that they believe stress to be a significant problem within the event management sector. This might be because of the lengthy list of the negative effects prolonged stress can have on you and it includes cognitive impacts, impacts on emotions, social life and behaviour, physiological effects and even physical effects. The effects range from headaches to depression and even illness and disability. Work-related stress also increases the rates of work-related injuries and accidents. A healthy mind is more than just a stress-free mind, but this blog post will focus on this one major physiological issue that is severely affecting the events industry. How can you create a sustainable mind?
Appreciate helpful stress 😄
Stress isn’t always bad. Positive stress, also called eustress, can help you excel at work or at an event because of the sharpened focus and increased energy that accompany stress. Embracing stress is associated with better health and productivity. Short-term acute stress can be turned to good use if we harness the benefits of it. It can energise us, motivate us to get things done, boost our abilities, improve our memory and combat tiredness. Recognise the “fight, flight or freeze” response and decide to ‘fight’!
Recognise your symptoms of stress 🤒
Signs of stress can relate to feelings, ways of behaving, physical signs and patterns of thoughts and it is important to you figure out what your symptoms of stress are so that you can manage the stress before it becomes damaging. Examples can be lack of interest in anything, snapping at others, tiredness, panic attacks and thoughts about giving up. Research stress symptoms and figure out what symptoms apply to you. One person’s source of healthy pressure can be another’s the source of stress.
Identify your stress triggers ℹ️
Pause and take note when you notice that you are stressed to consider what’s going on and what could contribute to that. You can also think about past times you’ve been stressed and think of things that were going on. What happened that made you feel stressed? Look for patterns of things that seem to appear more often and take note of things that seem to occur in combination too.
Managing the stress 🙅♀️
Listen to my interview to get the events manager and EventWell chief executive Helen Moon’s thoughts and tips about a healthy mind at work.
There are numerous ways to manage your stress level, but you need to create your own toolkit with measures that work for you. Here are 8 tools that could work for you:
1. Get organised
Know what you need to do and by when to give you an overview so that you can feel less overwhelmed by your workload.
2. Find a balance between work and leisure
Make sure your mind is off work when you are off work. Be social, do something you like, learn something new, listen to music, express yourself creatively and have fun!
3. Take a breaks
Work hard – rest hard, as Helen says in the podcast! Even though it might seem like taking regular breaks throughout your workday equals putting off work, this is proven to reduce stress. Helen also underlines how incredibly important sleep is, so make sure to get those hours in!
4. Exercise regularly
It is scientifically proven that physical exercise benefits our mental health. A short walk is better than nothing.
5. Talk about it
Talk to someone you are comfortable with and experience how this can help clarify the issue and help you feel less alone. 30% of people say the stigma attached to mental health has prevented them from speaking about it in the past.
Event planning is a team sport – use every member of the team!
7. Don’t be afraid to say no
Know what you have the capacity to do and when you have to prioritise your mental health!
8. Healthy diet and nutrition
Having a balanced diet can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body.