Meeting and Event Coordinators, how stressed are you? Do you think your job is one of the most stressful in the nation? Yes, it is! In fact, it is the 5th most stressful job in America for 2018, according to an article in MoneyWatch by Aimee Picchi. 11 Factors were measured to identify which employees endured the most stress, and they included physical demands, travel, deadlines, competition, growth potential and income.
Does your week consist of lack of sleep, extra need for caffeine, numerous interruptions, and the desire to pull your hair out? Don’t do that! We’ve gathered some simple options to reduce your stress. We know reducing stress is easier said than done. There are many common ways to de-stress. We share it with you, as we share stress with you because in the moment it is easy to forget, and sometimes, we just need the reminder to breathe. Now. Deep breath. In. Exhale. Out. Ahhh. See? Just a little reminder. Now that you are oxygenated, read on, please!
“When you are stressed, eat ice cream, cake, chocolate, and sweets. Why? Because ‘desserts’ is ‘stressed’ spelled backwards.” – Anonymous
1. Deal with Stress in the Moment
- Plan ahead as much as possible. Yeah, right? I know, but it does help beat the stress before it becomes a reality. For instance,
- Spend 20 minutes on Sunday night to review your schedule and task list to put you in the frame of mind to kick Monday morning in gear with laser-focus.
- Send reminder emails to confirm meetings and calls. You may find out that your calendar is wrong. More than once, my fingers have not scrolled to the correct day. I’ve had months and year issues, too. Ugh!
- What about a backup plan for miscommunications, mistakes, weather issues, or construction? Maybe it will be helpful to instill a process to execute, should a “Plan B” arise.
- Solicit help from team members. Our featured speaker of the month, Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, recommends assigning work to people based on their strengths. This approach reduces learning curves, minimizes errors and allows for everyone to feel like a successful contributor.
- Walk away when necessary. Ready to scream or feel the tears coming on? Maintain your professional self!
- Take a quick walk to get away from the situation for a few minutes. Breaking away helps clear the mind and can offer an opportunity to consider a new way to handle the situation or think of new ideas.
- Eyes welling up with tears? It happens to the best of us. Colonel Jill’s top-secret trick – look up at the ceiling, smile until they recede, bring your head back down while smiling, pull the shoulders back and march on. You’ve got this!
“I deserve a medal for making it through this week without stabbing someone with a fork.” – someecards.com
2. Take Time to Relax. No, we don’t condone stabbing people, but we do offer some safer, legal, and healthier options.
- Unplug once you get home. It is important to separate your work from your home life.
- Exercise not only helps you sleep better, but will also help you deal with stress. Stress increases cortisol levels, which is harmful to health in high doses. Moderate exercising on a regular basis helps the body release less cortisol during exercise and in response to emotional and physical stressors. You will notice your mind and body at a more relaxed, peaceful state.
- Meditation, whether guided or not, sets a relaxed mindset to become more in-tune with your thoughts to help clear your head.
- State positive affirmations aloud to change your mindset. When you say, “I am successful” or “I can do this” it induces a positive mindset; thereby, making stressful situations easier to handle. Ramp up your meditation session with these, too!
It is important to remember to work smarter, not harder. Always take care of yourself and try to live your life as stress-free as possible. Event coordinators may stay in the top five most stressful jobs for years to come, but if you know how to manage stress before it presents its ugly head, you’ll be able to handle anything your career throws your way. Here’s to a stress-free 2018!
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