Event planning can require a lot of focus and energy. When we spend time and effort on a project, it can be draining. If we don’t take the time to care for our body and mind, we’re punished by feeling too tired to get anything done.
Here’s your sign to take a break, fuel your body, and practice self-care. In this article, we’ll share five fun ways to boost your energy and stay focused while event planning!
1. Get moving.
Hey, planning an event and hit a creative wall? Don’t stress! It’s time to shake things up with some physical activity. Whether you go for a walk, bust a move in your living room, or do any activity that gets your heart racing, you’ll be doing your brain a solid!
Not only is physical activity great for the body and mind, it can boost our problem-solving skills and ability to overcome challenges. So get outside! Take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and get some vitamin D. By the time you come back to the drawing board, you’ll feel totally refreshed.
2. Fuel up with food.
Did you know that about 20% of calories we consume are used by the brain? Yep! Food is fuel, friends.
When we’re hungry, it feels impossible to focus or care about anything else. Next time you start planning your next event, pause to grab a nutritious snack or water for hydration. According to Harvard, some of the best foods for a brain boost include berries, walnuts, and even a cup of coffee or tea. We’ll chalk that one up as a win!
Keep a stash of fruit, nuts, string cheese, or another filling snack nearby while working. You’ll be amazed by what your mind can do when the body is nourished.
3. Change up your scenery.
Change your surroundings from your typical workspace to something new by heading to the cafe or library. This is a great way to help re-energize and focus while getting work done. When we’re stuck in the same space for too long, our brain can (and will) find ways to distract us. When working from home, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of procrastination by deciding to rearrange your desk drawers.
So grab your laptop, notebook, and pen to find a cozy spot and get some work done. Treat yourself to a fun drink or pastry! Our tip? Bring headphones to avoid distractions and noises in any environment. Put on a good instrumental playlist to amp yourself up and tune out the world.
Want to change things up even more? Take a break while getting re-inspired and check out our article on event planning conferences you could attend in 2023 to spark even more creativity!
4. Take a nap.
If you’ve been staying up late or putting in early morning hours to get in a few extra hours of work, it’s time to check in with yourself. Life is all about balance – and it’s vital to get enough sleep! In fact, the majority of adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Less than this and we start to feel the impact – being snappy or irritable, having a hard time focusing or remembering info, or feeling sleepy throughout the day.
So take a nap, whether it’s a power nap (10 to 30 minutes) or a full cycle (90 minutes / an hour and a half). Set an alarm or request that somebody wake you up at a certain time and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
5. Do nothing.
Yes, you heard that right. Our minds are constantly bombarded with stimuli – news, music, sound, sight, smell – and instant access to social media has made it even worse. With constant distraction, it’s hard to make room for anything else. As a result, we feel majorly burnt out by the time we get to event planning. Before you jump into planning your next big event, you might want to spend 5 minutes meditating, listening to music, or taking a hot bath. You can try all of the above! Resist the urge to scroll on social media.
Sometimes the best course of action is to try to clear your mind. A “brain break”, if you will. Keep a notepad nearby to jot down any concerns or to-do’s. Offloading things from the brain onto paper is a great way to clear up mental space for creativity and ways to plan your next event!
Take it easy.
We know you’ve been working your tail off, and you deserve a break. You can’t expect to plan a killer event with a depleted battery – that’s just science. But don’t worry, recharging doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s all about listening to your gut and giving your body, mind, and spirit what they need. Maybe that means taking a nap, binge-watching your favorite show, or indulging in a guilty pleasure snack. Whatever floats your boat, go for it!
And guess what? When you come back to the planning table, you’ll be fresher than minty breath. Your creative juices will be flowing, and you’ll be bursting with the best ideas for your next shindig.
So go ahead, take a break, and come back stronger than ever. We’re rooting for you!