Updated: May 2, 2020
With this very unusual situation that we find ourselves in, self-isolation, reduced workload and a lot of free time is the current situation for the majority of event professionals.
We have written up our 3 top tips to look after yourself during these times, all of which will have a positive impact! Although these are challenging, difficult times, it is also an opportunity to reset, look at your goals, and reconnect.
Tip 1: Reset
This is the perfect time to reset and focus on yourself. Most of us have some spare time now, not having to commute to work and spending long hours on site to deliver events frees up a lot of time.
Use that time to focus on you. Do what you would usually do on holiday, whether that is sleep in, read a book or do a puzzle. Use this as a time to rebalance mentally, listen to your body, and put yourself first.
Try practising meditation, mindfulness or breathing exercises and build them into your daily habits. These methods are proven to have significant impacts on your wellbeing and enables you to think in a clearer state of mind.
Tip 2: Future goals
One of the first parts within the Event Professionals Journal is to think about your personal, business, and family/friends goals for a period of 3 and 6 months. This helps hold you accountable, focus on what it is you want to achieve, and how you will achieve it.
Now is the perfect time to reflect and think about what it is you want your future to look like. Ask yourself what it is that you feel is important, what do you measure your happiness by, and what do you want to achieve to feel you have succeeded.
Setting goals, breaking them down, and writing how you will achieve them helps to hold you accountable, provides you with a plan, and gives you the best chance of succeeding.
Tip 3: Reconnect
How many times have you thought to yourself that it has been ages since you spoke to a friend, a family member, an old colleague? How long it has been since you did one of your favourite hobbies, started a new hobby, or spent time doing something for just yourself that you really enjoyed?
Now is a great time to take the current situation as a change to reconnect. How about being creative and sending letters to those people? If that doesn’t take your fancy, just pick up the phone and facetime them, or perhaps put a date in the diary to see them once this is all over.
Reconnect with people, and the hobbies that have had to take a back seat due to your busy schedule.
I hope you’ve found this blog useful and it’s provided some helpful advice. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will come back to you as soon as I can.
Bernadette, founder of Event Professionals Journal