3 Mind-Calming Tips To Relax After Your Big Event [Guest Post]
Putting together successful events is a lot of stress.
In fact, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that working for event companies might be one of the more stressful professions out there.
Therefore, the best performers in event management companies know the importance of being able to unwind and recharge before starting work on the next project – without a good way to clear your mind, even the most resilient event organiser is doomed to burn out and start making mistakes.
But what are the best ways to relax after a high-stress event management project?
Well, there are many ways how you can unwind, but in this article, we’ll share a few of the most effective methods to replenish your energy, reduce stress, and come back even better for the next event project that awaits.
Process What Took Place
You may think that the best idea after the event is finished is to completely tune it out and try to forget about it as quickly as possible, but many event planners find it almost impossible to do after being done with an event that took months to prepare and execute.
After spending so much time working on something, it’s understandable that you may not be able to just turn off your brain and completely forget the thousands of details that you needed to take care of.
That’s why, instead of trying to force yourself to not think about the event, it might be a better idea to take a bit of time to process everything that took place and think about the next steps.
Immediately after the event is finished, you will probably still be in management-mode and will be thinking about all the things that you could have done differently or addressed quicker.
The best way to allow your brain to rest and relax is to allow it to process that information by going through the entire event and writing down your thoughts and observations about what happened.
Make notes about all the decisions you made, the mistakes, and what could be done to prevent them in the future.
You should also take a step back and analyze if the event accomplished its goals – go through each part of the event and see if all the big goals and the smaller goals were accomplished, and if not, what were the reasons for failing to reach them.
Try to be honest during the analysis and allow yourself to admit mistakes – they will serve as an opportunity to learn and grow, which will only make you better as an event planner and allow you to do a much better job when putting together your future projects.
Doing this simple step will allow your brain to accept that the event is over and you can finally start unwinding and letting go of the stress and tension that was present during the event planning process.
It’s important to note that for this step to be effective, you need to find a calm and quiet place where you can sit down with your thoughts. So, while it may be tempting to go out and celebrate immediately after your event, if you take the time to do this step properly, you will probably be able to celebrate with a much clearer mind afterwards.
Celebrate with Your Colleagues
It’s almost impossible to put together an event on your own – there are always multiple people contributing and playing a vital role in making the entire event a reality.
That’s why it’s essential that you take the time to appreciate the effort that it took to put everything together and make sure that you have a proper celebration.
After all, if you don’t give yourself and your team some time to appreciate what you accomplished, plowing through event after event can become too exhausting and seem like an endless grind that doesn’t lead to any accomplishment.
So, even if you simply go out for a few drinks with your colleagues, it can provide huge benefits by allowing you to collectively reflect on your success and gain new motivation to give it your all on the upcoming project.
This get-together also serves as a terrific way to recognise the individual contributions of your team members and let them know that you see and appreciate their effort.
You’d be surprised how many team members that play a vital role have doubts about whether anyone notices their hard work, so even a few words complimenting them on the good performance can make a difference.
But in the end, this celebration shouldn’t even be about work.
You should allow yourself and your team to forget about the event for the evening and just allow yourselves to enjoy the moment in each other’s company.
Creating a stronger personal bond can have huge benefits for improving team morale and increasing trust, which can only help during the upcoming projects that are sure to have plenty of stressful situations.
Spend Time Away from Work
Finally, once you’ve taken the time to reflect on the event and celebrate the success with your colleagues, it’s time to step away from work completely and allow yourself to recharge your brain by doing something different.
You should spend at least a couple of days doing what you love – whether that’s going away for a short trip, immersing yourself in your hobbies, or simply spending some relaxing time with your family, it’s essential to forget about work and allow yourself to rest.
Ideally, by giving yourself some space between you and the work, you will find your brain refreshed and eager to get back to working on the next challenging events management project, which is the best way to ensure that you’re always excited about work and never have to struggle to keep yourself motivated.
About The Author
Sarah Hill is a content writer at Seven Events Ltd . She started her career in the events industry almost a decade ago; as time progressed she became an avid event blogger sharing her insight on corporate event planning & event marketing.