The notion of ‘Wellbeing’ has never been so prominent within the social climate as it is today. 

Our wellbeing can rely on various factors, our nutrition, fitness regimes and workloads, so ensuring good practise in a work environment is vital. 

The introduction of new policies for office based practices such as flexible hours or working from home, along with the increase in accessibility and attention to causes; such as exercise and fitness regimes, nutrition and healthy-eating, it is obvious that wellbeing is not just a trend, but something that is here to stay.

 28% of event industry professionals have taken time off work due to a mental illness, 60% of these are under 35 years old.

The good news is, in our recent survey we found that 35% of the events industry are incorporating wellness as a priority over the next year 2019 – 2020. To try and delve in to this we’ve got together with staff at Stress Matters, discussed research and sourced practical and mindful tips we can all learn and practice to ensure we are making our wellbeing our priority.

Breathwork

It’s not a coincidence that most mindful exercises include one main factor in common; Breathwork. From Yoga to Tai-Chi to meditation, breathing not only fuels our body with the oxygen we require to function, but exercising a more controlled breathwork can be key in helping you release any physical and mental tension.

Try this exercise as recommended by Laila at a life more mindful below:
Action: Standing tall, shoulders relaxed and hands on belly button- with a deep exhale for 10 seconds which expands your tummy. Holding for 5-7 counts. Exhaling for 10 counts. Repeat as desired. (This is great, as can be done anywhere at anytime!)

Analysis

Breaking down the situation into a healthy analysis can provide tools and action points to help you improve and progress:

Change of perspective: Taking a step back from the situation, so to try to view it from another point of view. This can help to work through any road blocks or understand the situation better. 

Identify the hurdles. What are the factors that you need to overcome to get you to a solution? – For instance more support or direct feedback from your senior? Confirmation on the direction you are working in? – This will help you strategize to breakdown the right practical steps which can assist you.

Confirm the desired outcome A clear vision for what you are trying to achieve will help you maintain focus. Try to note down what you’d like to do and then reflect in a path you may take to get there. 

Approach

A review of approach, for behaviour and communication or systems can be a healthy action to ensure that you are expanding the opportunity to be received well, which in turn can of course help you in reaching your desired outcome both professionally and personally.

Communication: Are you communicating via email? If so another approach which may prove more effective would be to book in a face to face catch up (or vice versa.)

Systems: How are you providing materials to get your point across? Perhaps your system is built to reflect language when you need to reflect mathematics- for example are you sending an essay when you could provide statistics and spreadsheets or etc. Take time to see if your longer email can be cut down as to improve your chance of someone coming back to your email or requests sooner. 

Imbalance

A mental imbalance can sometimes be a sign that there is an imbalance in other areas of your life. On days where you feel worse, did you have a good night’s sleep? Did you eat nourishing healthy food that your body is welcome to? Did you indulge in alcohol, junk food or alike? Did any stressors take place to trigger any negative emotion? -for instance a stressful experience at work or a negative personal encounter?

Too often we forget to acknowledge the correlation of our internal experiences with physical consumption or psychological interaction. By being aware of these factors, we can ensure that we remain more in control with mindful actions and  taking steps that support us.

Other tips and tricks

 

Meditation/Gratitude

“Meditation can act as a gym for the mind” – Dan Harris of ABC News and the 10% happier podcast.

Meditation can help reduce anxiety, depression and increase focus and creativity. This article by Om Practice  offers good tips on how and where to start. 

Journaling

We all know how satisfying it can be to complete a check-list. In addition, it can also be a brilliant exercise to notate your feelings and thoughts as this often helps release any additional built up tension. 

Environment

Surroundings whereby you spend a majority of your time are crucial to your experience of wellbeing. Review your aspects of social time to establish how you can take steps to ensure that these are all positive experiences-  how you feel in your workplace, with friends, loved ones and family- should all be environments holding opportunity to nurture and support you. 

Plant Power

Studies produced by the ncbi show that simply adding plants and greenery to your work environment, can have a large positive impact on employees. Ciphr explores the seven reasons why, including reduced stress and increased productivity.  

Passion Projects

Hobbies aren’t just for kids! Hobbies can provide an opportunity to relieve stress, connect you with like-minded people and bring you joy. Always loved painting? Always loved a Football Club? Whatever makes you smile is something to nourish. This, by default, helps maintain happiness and wellbeing.

Like this? You may also like our ‘Why Go Green’ article.

Authored by: Marnie Keeling and Sophie Shearer, Experience

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