5 Tips For Relieving Meeting Planner Stress

Recent studies have made the case for “meeting planner” to be one of the best careers in 2011, as well as being one of the top 10 most stressful jobs in 2012. Now some of you may be asking, how can this job be on both lists? But then again, if you have planned a view events you probably have a pretty good idea why this job can be on both lists!

Planning an event or retreat can be a fun, rewarding experience. You’re in the middle of everything and it’s easy to feed off the energy and excitement. However, being in the middle of everything can also be very stressful. Everyone is constantly looking to you for answers and direction.

Since stress is inevitable when you’re the planner, the key to handling it is to take a positive approach. Here are 5 tips that can help you deal with the stress associated with planning and running your event:

  • Be prepared – Nail down all the details before getting to the event. Don’t wait until the last minute. Trust me, procrastination is a great source of stress!
  • Have contingency plans – Contingency plans aren’t just for the military and businesses. You should have them too. Knowing that you have plans in place should something go wrong (and it will) goes a long way to helping keep stress at bay.
  • Get your sleep – I know, you’re thinking how can I sleep when I have so much to do? Studies have shown a strong link between stress and insomnia. To help prevent this and ensure you’re getting the rest you need, try going to bed at a regular time each night and shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Stay active – Exercise releases feel-good endorphins and helps the brain to be more alert. Even if it’s only getting outside for a brisk walk each day, be sure to do something that gets your body up and moving around.
  • Pray – I simply can’t think of a better stress reliever than laying my problems and concerns at the throne of God. Don’t forget that He’s always there for you.

Hopefully your planning is setting the stage for life change. When you’re in the middle of the retreat and stuff’s coming at you right and left, don’t forget to slow down and watch the attendees. Are they connecting, learning something new, drawing closer to God? After all, isn’t that why you do what you do?