If you have been putting on races for a while, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that organizing events is one of the most stressful jobs out there. How stressful? According to a 2019 survey by job searching site Careercast, it is in fact the 6th most stressful job you can do, less stressful only to careers like the military and firefighting.
So what makes putting on events so stressful? What toll is it taking on people like you, working every day to make amazing races happen? And what can you do to manage your stress levels long-term and avoid mental health decline?
Today we’re going to be going over all that in a really candid discussion on stress and mental health in our industry with the help of my guest, EventWell’s, Helen Moon. Helen has been working in the event industry in different capacities for decades, and as the Founder and Chief Executive of non-profit EventWell has most recently been focusing her energy on providing mental health support to event management professionals.
In this episode:
- Why organizing events is an inherently stressful job
- The sympathetic/parasympathetic system balance
- The three stages of the stress response and how stress leads to burnout
- The social stigma around talking openly about stress and mental health struggles
- Good stress (eustress), bad stress (distress) and mental decline
- Striving for excellence vs striving for perfection
- Stress resilience through the lens of your "stress bucket"
- The importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise in sustaining good long-term mental health
- Breathing (really, it works wonders)
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