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Stress management tips for event planners: Dr. Rajeev Gupta

The best stress management plans usually include a mix of stress relievers that address stress physically and psychologically, and help to develop resilience skills writes Dr. Gupta.

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Arranging a corporate event is a massive task and as an event professional, you surely know how demanding it can get. However, with the help of a cautiously devised plan and the right kind of tools in your hands, everything can be a breeze.

While a large crowd is what every planner dreams of, having it at the same place requires some kind of crowd control and hence it is important to understand the dangers of it. Be ready with adaptive strategies that can keep a large crowd organised with proper signage in the entire event venue. In any case, regardless, regular issues will undoubtedly come to your direction. Along with other steps mentioned above, Keep a track of how many people are planning to attend your event through the discussions, engagement and panels through the event app. Figuring out these things will not only create a stress-free environment but will also rise the level of trust among your attendees regarding your planning skills! So here we discuss how to overcome stress during the big events

Stress is a very interesting word in itself . Different feelings pop up as soon as we hear word STRESS. For some it’s a deadly word and for some it’s the only way to Achieve Great Heights of success . Stress is our body’s response to changes in our life. Because life involves constant change (ranging from changing locations from home to work each morning to adapting to major life changes like marriage, divorce, or death of a loved one), there is no avoiding stress. This is why our goal shouldn't be to eliminate all stress, but to eliminate unnecessary stress and effectively manage the rest.

“A mind and body’s response or reaction to a real or imagined threat, event or change (Stressor) which can be internal (thoughts, beliefs, attitudes or external (loss, tragedy, change)

Causes of Stress

Stress can come from many sources, which are known as "stressors." Because our experience of what is considered "stressful" is created by our unique perceptions of what we encounter in life (based on our own mix of personality traits, available resources, habitual thought patterns and more), a situation may be perceived as "stressful" by one person and merely "challenging" by someone else.

For example, when we find ourselves in situations

where there are high demands on us;

where we have little control and few choices;

where we don't feel equipped;

where we may be harshly judged by others; and

where consequences for failure are steep or unpredictable,

we tend to get stressed.

Because of this, many people are stressed by their jobs, their relationships, their financial issues and health problems. Learning skills to cope with these stressors can help reduce your experience of stress.

Effects of Stress

Just as stress is perceived differently by each of us, stress affects us all in ways that are unique to us.

One person may experience headaches, while another may find stomach upset is a common reaction, and a third may experience any of a number of other symptoms. While we all react to stress in our own ways, there is a long list of commonly experienced effects of stress that range from mild to life-threatening. Stress can affect immunity, which can impact virtually all areas of health. Stress can affect mood in many ways as well.

Effective Stress Management

Stress can be effectively managed in many different ways. The best stress management plans usually include a mix of stress relievers that address stress physically and psychologically, and help to develop resilience skills.

• Breathing -Breathing helps to slow down or to even stop the stress response. Takes time to practice, learn well and use daily. Often, people do not learn how to breathe correctly, and do not use it consistently.Slowly inhale counting one, pause for a moment and slowly exhale counting two Slowly inhale counting three, pause for a moment and slowly exhale counting four. Continue inhaling and counting four and exhaling. Close your eyes and Breath. Notice your body, how the heart beats, how the intake of air feels, how the stomach feels

• STAY IN THE PRESENT-Worry about the future and regrets about the past keep you stressed and away from enjoying the moment.May manage distress by focusing on the present.Can control focus by what you pay attention too!

• PLANNING not worrying -A good plan does not need constant review.A worried person will review the plan over and over and over. Ruminating does not equal Planning. The round robin of re-planning leads to more ruminating and stress. Concretely identifying a problem. List the problem-solving options Select one of the options. Write out a plan of action.

•Long-term healthy habits, like exercise or regular meditation, can help to promote resilience toward stressors if you make them a regular part of your life. Communication skills and other lifestyle skills can be helpful in managing stressors and changing how we feel from "overwhelmed" to "challenged" or even "stimulated."

There are several different types of stress that range from eustress, which is a positive and exciting form of stress, to chronic stress, which has been linked to many serious health issues and is the type of negative stress most often mentioned in the news.



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