Mindfulness

5 Ways for Event Planners to Prioritize Mental Health

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Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

Mindful & Healthy Options at Sedona Resort

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Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona has a new lineup of health-focused team-building and breakout sessions for groups of 10-120 that spotlight relaxation, meditation and clean eating. Examples of these options include experiencing the world-famous Sedona spirituality with guided meditation breaks in meeting rooms along with chair massages and yoga classes. Groups also can get creative with meeting room setups so they feature lounge furniture, yoga balls and mats, and cocktail tables to provide more room for activities.

Incorporate Mindfulness into your Business Plan or Conference Agenda

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Mindfulness is making its way into the mainstream- and onto conference agendas. Salesforce included a session on it in its September 2015 Dreamforce conference, where A-lister mindfulness advocates such as author Jack Kornfield, actress Goldie Hawn and designer Donna Karan shared the stage. At the 2015 World Economic Forum, The New York Times reported that author and mindfulness guru John Kabat-Zinn led some 100 delegates through a meditation exercise during a panel session.

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