by Tahira Endean
“I am so busy!”
“I can’t believe how tired I am!”
We wear our business and quickly our exhaustion like badges of honor. We should, however, be viewing it as a cry for help. Event and meeting planners know it takes a lot of effort to create the magic our clients expect. We are successful because we continue to push ourselves and our supplier partners to create more evolved events with a deeper understanding of technology and human response, so that we can drive measurable results.
When the cost is our health or time with family and friends, we need to consider what cost is too high. Let’s face it—if we wanted to say “no,” we wouldn’t be in this business of “yes, of course we can figure that out.” Give yourself permission to make sure you’re taking the time to take care of yourself and your team members. It’s important to remain levelheaded so that you can deliver exceptional events time and time again.
Yes, it is going to be okay to take this time. In fact, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive #eventwellness movement encourages colleagues and clients to say, “I’m taking a wellness day so I can do better work for you.” I challenge you to try just one day a month to start with. Yes, for some of you, that means working a 6-day week instead of a 7-day week. Baby steps are important.
Speaking of steps, use the technology available to track your patterns and evolve your habits. Most phones now come with some type of health tracker built in. There are many programs that cross platforms. From a wearable, to your phone, to your laptop, you can easily track your water intake, sleep patterns and exercise. Using these technologies, you can quickly see how you’re really doing. It takes less than two minutes a day. If you have a competitive team, you can also track your results in a fun way. Whatever it is you decide to do, start now. Not tomorrow, or next week, or after the next big event.
Start now by drinking more water, eating more non-processed, colorful food, and taking even a few extra steps (maybe a walk around the block with a nearby friend) to clear your mind. Don’t use travel as an excuse. When you choose where to stay, seek out restaurants with healthy menu options and hotels with hydration stations and accessible fitness centers.
Still having trouble getting enough sleep? Take a page from Crowne Plaza and build your own sleep set with an essential oil and herbal tea. The incremental results will quickly add up and you’ll find yourself with more energy to do what matters— whatever that may be!