7 ways to beat event stress


Natalie Crampton

Managing Director twitter.com
April 6, 2016 Live Events

The good news is that stress related to events is usually short term. I usually find myself suffering with stress on the lead up to an event particularly if I have more than one event happening at the same time and need to keep a long list of stakeholders informed and updated.

A recent study by US-based CareerCast ranked the ‘Event coordinator role’ as the fifth most stressful job. The only jobs ranked more stressful were military personnel, fire fighter, airline pilot and police officer.

The good news is that stress related to events is usually short term. I usually find myself suffering with stress on the lead up to an event particularly if I have more than one event happening at the same time and need to keep a long list of stakeholders informed and updated.

Here are the seven things that I do to help me beat event stress.

  • Do something that makes me happy. Short simple little happy boosters such as watching twenty minutes of my favourite TV show with a cup of tea or walking Tipi (our office dog)
  • Get some sunshine. I realise this isn’t as easy to do in London as it is in Singapore and Dubai but I find a few minutes in the sun (with sunscreen) is a great mood booster
  • Do regular exercise. Only in the last few months have I really began to take this one seriously. I’ve found that just three work out sessions a week greatly help me in my ability to be able to concentrate and manage stress
  • Talking to friends or colleagues. I really believe in the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Talking through anything that is stressing me out seems to make things better almost right away. Friends and family are great for being able to provide a fresh perspective on anything that I am struggling with
  • Take time to make time. I have daily, weekly and monthly lists of things to do. I find being organized in this way helps to keep me focused and reassured in the fact that I know exactly what I have to do
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. This is something I am still working on as it is my natural reaction to say ‘yes’ to anything anyone asks me to do but I am learning (slowly!) that it is OK to negotiate deadlines when I’m overloaded with work
  • Tame technology. When I have deadlines I like to work ‘offline’ so I’m not being interrupted by lots of emails coming into my inbox.

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