I recently spoke at the launch EventFuel wellness event, about implementing wellness strategies in the workplace. I started with my personal thoughts & experiences, as my journey into wellness has come from a very personal place. I've shared some of my talk here and I hope you find it useful and interesting!
We have all seen the statistics that events management is the 5th most stressful role behind enlisted military personnel, fire fighter, airline pilot and police officer. (see the article here)
Every team I have worked with has had cases of burnout and stress- some severe, resulting in resignation or time off. I often feel event personalities can be more susceptible to the stress brought on by the demands of event roles.
My personal experience is that as much as I have loved my career in events, it has caused stress in varying degrees over the years. We all recognise the common triggers - highly pressured environments, deadline driven, the need for perfectionism, demanding clients, long hours.....I can see you all nodding your heads!
At Last Word I have seen this across the board, not just on the events team – as I have worked on several projects across the business operations - a company re-brand, restructuring teams & working on HR issues.
I went through a very stressful period of about 2 years where I was juggling several roles in the business, which led me to taking a 3-month career break at the end of 2016. I was really lucky that the business supported this and my team worked to support my role while I was away. During this time I travelled, explored the world and had many different experiences. I also trained to be a yoga teacher as I felt a real need to dive deeper into the benefits of the mind philosophy of yoga.
Being in places like New Zealand, Bali & Costa Rica really opened my eyes to a very different approach to wellbeing where it isn't one isolated thing you do in a hectic day (like stopping to breathe, eating a healthy lunch or doing a yoga class), but adopting a totally holistic way of being.