Event planners: Beat Stress With Mindfulness Exercises
Event planners: Beat Stress With Mindfulness ExercisesEvent planners: Beat Stress With Mindfulness Exercises

Event planners: Beat Stress With Mindfulness Exercises

Event planners: Beat Stress With Mindfulness Exercises

The duties of an event planner can be overwhelming. Dealing with clients, making phone calls, searching for a great venue, and budgeting all contribute to the daily stress a planner absorbs  on a daily basis. How can an event planner cope? Read below to find out how stress affects you physically and mentally, and how mindfulness can help you release stress:

Symptoms of stress:

Stress can have negative effects on your body and behavior. For example:

Physical Effects

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleep problems

Mood

  • Anger or Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness or depression

How to de-stress with mindfulness

How does mindfulness help event planners soothe these negative symptoms and what is it? Well, mindfulness is rooted in the Buddhist practice of meditation, and the foundation consists of the basic principles of posture, breath, and thought.

Posture

The ideal posture for mindfulness exercises is a sitting position with the following:

–       Straight, relaxed, spine.

–       Shoulders should be slightly back.

–       Upper arms should be parallel with your sides with hands resting above the knees.

–       Feet planted on the ground.

–       Your chin should be tilt downward, but not enough to strain your neck.

–       Eyes should be half open, not focusing on one spot

Breathing

Breathing should be deep and slow, and coming from your gut not the shoulders. Don’t over think how you are breathing.

Thoughts

The last principle deals with your thoughts. Different types will begin to flow in during meditation. Your thoughts should just be observations of how your life is currently going. Be aware of your surroundings and with whom you interact. When worries begin to seep in with your observations, just shift your focus to your breathing, and then begin focusing on observations yet again.

These exercises should take about 5 to 10 minutes. You can increase the time you spend meditating over time with practice. For more mindfulness tips please visit: mindful.org

If you need help making time for a few minutes of mindfulness each day, check out Headspace app (link: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app) and Calm app (link:https://www.calm.com/). We’ve tested both these mobile apps. Each approaches mindfulness it a unique way but both can be of great assistance in making a habit out of being mindful.

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Sources:

  1.    https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-how-to-do-it/
  2.    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987
  3.    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/mindfulness-exercises/art-20046356
  4.    https://www.mindful.org/category/meditation/mindfulness-practice/
  5. https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app)
  6. https://www.calm.com/)

 

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