Lorie Grooms, CMP
managing event stress and health
Updated: Dec 15, 2019
Leading up to and during any event, stress levels rise. This stress and a busy schedule can take time away from sleeping, eating, exercising, and focusing on overall health. Below are some tips to help keep stress low and remain healthy during events.
Pre-Event Stress Relief:
Anything that can be done in advance will alleviate anxiety and save time...
Create a packing list (event & personal) that can be used every time or create specific lists for each event throughout the year.
If there aren’t scheduled meal functions, order lunches in advance through the venue. Keep it simple with box lunches – allowing it to be easily eaten anywhere.
Arrive on-site one day prior to clients and pre-con. I like to go through the check-in process before anyone else, get keys to the staff office/storage, and become familiar with the venue layout (even if the event is held at the same location as the previous year).
Commit to Health On-site:
A successful event isn't possible if the organizer isn't at their best...
Organize the sleeping room like it would be at home. Being able to quickly put hands on every item will keep getting ready quick and efficient. During my first night, I like to iron my clothes and set out toiletries.
Keep a regular bed-time and routine. Being groggy won't help to make clear and
quick decisions when challenges arise.
Always have snacks on hand for a mid-morning or afternoon boost. I like packaged nuts, bananas, and nutrition bars.
Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water will help to keep headaches at bay. Travel with a refillable water bottle, so there is no temptation to reach for a soda.
Schedule exercise before or after the event day... Being exhausted is a constant struggle during the event week, but making time to take a walk, run, workout in the gym, or do yoga will help jump-start a morning or decompress at the end of rough day. I like to run in the morning while the sun is rising, it gives me the feeling of being accomplished before the rest of the world is awake.
For extra support, consider taking vitamins. They may help fill the nutrient gaps while having an unusual schedule.
...until we meet again!