NEW YORK - Meeting professionals have a lot on their plates. Managing budgets, along with constant travel and tight deadlines, were key factors in CareerCast naming event coordinator the sixth most stressful career in 2019.
Those in the events industry should make taking care of their physical and emotional health a priority and consider incorporating mindfulness into their daily routines. Practicing mindfulness isn't limited to sitting down, closing your eyes and meditating. It's how we integrate the different aspects of our professional and personal responsibilities.
Below are a few tips that to maintain control of one's physical and mental health, which can reduce stress and improve overall quality of life. I am a firm believer in taking small, incremental steps and implementing them into our lives, as that approach is often more sustainable than a gung-ho attitude, which can be short-lived.
This doesn't have to involve rigorous, sweat dripping cardio. It could be as simple as going for walks every day during lunch or in the evenings. Since no two bodies are alike, everyone would need to decide what is the right fit for them. For some, it may be an intense cardio workout, while for others it may be a lighter yoga practice.
MAINTAINING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
When things are difficult and we need emotional support, it is vital to have positive relationships in our lives. Although there is nothing wrong with ambition and wanting to achieve success, sometimes we let this drive prevent us from having deep relationships with people in our place of work and in our personal lives.
When we have positive relationships, we are happier, healthier and more productive. Developing deep roots in our relationships requires an investment of time and energy, but it's the most important investment we can make. If we have broken relationships, whether personal or professional, we should do everything we can to reconcile - because damaged relationships will continue to cause us pain for many years to come.
Food fuels our body and what we put in is what we're going to get out. There's plenty of research that suggests a plant-based diet can lower the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Making a sudden shift to a strictly vegetarian diet can be difficult, so it may be better to take small steps and increase one's daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. One should also be conscious of the amount of sugary foods and drinks that are going into one's body and see if it's possible to replace such items with a greater intake of fruits.
While many meditate for spiritual purposes, there is ample research that suggests a secular practice can help individuals lower stress, combat anxiety and depression and boost one's mood, memory and productivity.
One doesn't have to sit for hours a day to achieve these benefits. I personally recommend starting with just three minutes a day for a couple of weeks and then increasing the practice by one minute. If one follows this regiment, one will gradually get up to 15 minutes a day within six months. It's not a race and we don't need to get to 15 minutes in a hurry.
Since it's something new to the mind and our daily routine, it's better to go slow and remain steady. Meditation can help us close the apps and clear the traffic jam in our minds. We can then have a clearer perspective on what's happening in the moment. Start by simply closing your eyes, sitting in a relaxed position and taking 10 deep breaths while trying to focus on nothing other than the breath itself.
Achieving good physical, mental and emotional health doesn't have to be overwhelming as long as we take things at a healthy pace and set small, achievable goals for ourselves. We need to be realistic in our expectations and not expect overnight results, as that will only lead to disappointment. Take the first step by writing down what improvements you can make and begin your journey to a more mindful life.
Pandit Dasa is a mindful leadership expert, motivational keynote speaker and author who has spoken at Fortune 500 companies and helps organisations improve employee engagement, retention and workplace happiness.
SOURCE: Successful Meetings