After over a decade in event planning and the nonprofit sector, I’ve come to understand the unique challenges faced by event professionals. It’s not just about the logistics, the lights, or the decor. It’s about the heartbeats behind every event—the people—that truly matter.
The event industry is often hailed as one of the most stressful professions. A startling statistic reveals that 1 in 3 event professionals might face a bout of mental ill health — notably higher than the national average of 1 in 4. On a scale of ten, the general well-being of our peers is rated at just six.
These figures aren’t just numbers. They represent the real struggles of people behind crafting beautiful event experiences.
Prioritizing Team Wellbeing
That’s why considering team wellbeing is so important. Amidst the busyness of orchestrating events, the narrative of personal well-being can often be lost. But at BB Events, we know the importance of wellbeing and aim to make it a part of everything we do as a team.
Here are 10 of my fave tips on how to make mental health a priority in events:
- Take regular breaks: Ensure you step away from work at regular intervals to refresh and recharge.
- Ask for help: Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Stay organized: Use tools and software to keep track of tasks and reduce stress.
- Practice mindfulness: Engage in meditation or deep breathing exercises to stay grounded.
- Get moving: Incorporate physical activity into your routine, even if it’s a short walk.
- Stay connected: Maintain a support system of friends, family, or colleagues.
- Limit caffeine and sugar: Excessive consumption can increase anxiety, so don’t overdo it.
- Prioritize sleep: Make rest top of the to-do list for mental clarity.
- Set boundaries: Know when to say no and ensure you’re not over-extending yourself.
- Eat well balanced meals: Feeding your team meals onsite is important to stay fueled.
For those in our community feeling overwhelmed, Mental Health America provides a quick and accessible mental health screening. It’s a step towards understanding yourself better and seeking the right support if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Developing a personal workplace wellbeing plan can also help you to stay well at work. It will help you identify the things that keep you well, your personal signs, and the coping strategies that work for you. Learn more about how to Master Your Work Week as an Event Planner.
It’s our responsibility to prioritize mental well-being and check in on our fellow team members. It’s as important as any event detail.
Crafting Experiences Beyond Events
At BB Events, our vision transcends hosting events. We aim to create experiences that drive positive change, both in the realm of events and in the broader community. By championing the well-being of event professionals, we’re not just advocating for healthier individuals but also for richer, more impactful events that resonate with authenticity, passion, and purpose.