Top 8 tips for Mindfulness for Event Professionals
Inspired by World Mental Health Day, the British Medical Association put together a programme of workshops and activities for staff which included a Mindfulness course which our Venue Sales Manager, Kat, attended. Inspired by what she learnt, here are 8 tips you can use at work.
The Event Coordinator role was voted in the top 5 most stressful jobs for a 2nd year in a row in 2017.
From my experience events isn’t always easy to juggle; I can be handling up to 20 events at a time, managing multiple events on site and overseeing the team.
However events is also a really rewarding job, seeing your clients event come to life and also seeing how different clients use your venue space is really exciting.
I have worked in events for 9 years and more recently I have focused on what we can do to make our days more productive and also how we can be more mindful.
Here are my top 5 tips to help you when you feel everything is getting a little too much.
1. Create a structure to your day every morning, yes the to do list will change but just identify 3 key priorities to achieve each day, you will leave work feeling much better. Paperchase is my absolute favourite for a list organiser, this is my current desk planner:
2. Take 10 minutes – feeling overwhelmed and really not sure where to begin? Take 10 minutes out and use this useful YouTube video to just relax and start a fresh. You will be surprised how quick the 10 minutes goes.
3. Take a lunch break. I know I am very lucky but in July 2017 we opened a staff gym, its only small but life changing for me. I now try to go to the gym at work on lunch twice a week and then I make sure I go for a walk and leave my desk.
4. Have a hobby; I took up ice skating for adults last year and its perfect for switching off. All I think about is not falling over instead of did I reply to that email? Other hobby ideas; learn a language, take up a gym class, do some adult learning, practice yoga.
5. My team will tell you how much I am obsessed with sleep. I love 8 hours sleep so if I have a 6am start I might struggle to get my full 8 hours but I will go to bed at 9.30pm and just try and switch off. I use a sleep app (Sleep cycle) this app has sounds so if you are really struggling to switch off you can just listen to a sound like birds, rain etc… I find I get a much better sleep if I don’t look at social media or my phone at least an hour before bed.
6. Five minute energiser. Take 5 minutes to have a walk, grab some fresh air. Get some blood flow to the legs and take your eyes off the screen.
7. Appreciate the little moments and successes and share with your colleagues. Spotted a beautiful sunset? Maybe a client gave you some really good feedback. Share all the positives and help bring positive vibes to the office.
8. Praise your colleagues – have they done something good? OR maybe they helped you out. A thank you goes a long way.
Written by Kat Winfield
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