Event Profs and wellbeing

The wellbeing of event profs is a hot topic among our Event Profs Panel and within wider events industry.

The long hours in the run up to an event can mean organisers' wellbeing takes a hit. We wanted to find out which aspects of wellbeing were affected and what we could do to improve it. To do this, we undertook some research with agency, in-house and freelance events professionals. Here's what we found:

  • Over 70% of event organisers lose sleep the night before an event
  • Over half of hosts say they don't have time to exercise while organising events
  • Only 6% make a conscious effort to always eat healthily during an event
  • 98% of event profs say they need time after an event for their body to recover, with 48% needing at least two days

So, how do you ease the impact on your wellbeing? We teamed up with our chefs, personal trainers, spa teams and event coordinators to offer some simple suggestions that you can put into practice in the run up to, and on the day of, your event.

Below, we've focused on getting some good quality sleep and what food to choose to stay energised. For tips on exercise, relaxation routines and more take a look at our wellbeing guide.

 

Getting a good night's sleep

Two thirds of event organisers lose up to two hours sleep the night before an event, and one in 10 lose over three hours. Here are some tips to help you get those zzzs.

  • Pack some lavender essential oil and use 20 minutes before bed for a relaxing bath and some well-deserved you-time.
  • Try to keep your routine consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each day. This will help your body to set an internal clock and you'll see an immediate improvement in your sleep quality.
  • Avoid watching TV or using your laptop or phone within two hours of going to bed. The bright screen disrupts our body's rhythm and negatively impacts our sleep quality. Instead, take a good book for some pre-sleep reading.
  • Do some yoga before hitting the pillow. If you're not a yoga aficionado try some easy stretches such as Child's Pose or Downward Facing Dog to relax, slow the heartbeat and give you some mental space.

 

Choosing food that works for you

Our research found that a quarter of event organisers eat whatever's available on the day of an event, whether it's healthy or not. Here are our tips on making the right choices.

  • Set the tone for the day with a healthy breakfast. Choose fruit, porridge, yoghurt or eggs on toast to kick-start your energy levels - you'll find it keeps you fuller for longer.
  • Snack wisely. Sweet treats are almost always available at events but most venues will provide a healthy snack option on request so ask the venue team to see what they can do.
  • A healthy lunch. Choose a protein-packed meal, for example, salmon or chicken, and swap a carb-heavy sandwich for a salad. Make sure you drink lots of water and grab some fruit for dessert, too.

 

For more tips on improving your wellbeing, view or download our full Wellbeing Guide here. And don't forget to share it with colleagues, friends or family members - they can all benefit. 

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