5 Fast Ways to Bust Planner Stress
Hey Planners! Got stress? Chances are, you do – and plenty of it. According to CareerCast.com’s ranking of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs 2017, being an event coordinator comes in at #5, ranking just behind airline pilots and police officers, so safe to say we’re in esteemed company on the career stress-o-meter. Alas, relentless stress does a number on your mind and body, speeding the aging process and boosting the risk of chronic disease, so the more stress you’re able to cut, the better.
When most of us think of stress reduction, things like a mani/pedi, a massage, beach time, a five mile run or meditation tend to come to mind. Trouble is, when we’re deep in the midst of planning, most of us simply don’t have the time to do any of the above. Nevertheless, the need to relax remains. So how to do that when time is of the essence? Try any one of these super-fast, almost-instant stress-busters to help kick stress to the curb at a moment’s notice:
Now ear this – and relieve your stress.
Granted, this one sounds pretty strange but a DIY ear massage works, helping to calm your nervous system and relieve tension quickly. Better yet, it’s an ancient technique that’s discreet enough to do anywhere and anytime you need it. Here’s how to do it:
· Place two fingers on either side of your earlobe.
· From the bottom of the ear lobe, gently squeeze and pull your ear outwards, working your way up the ear.
· Once at the top of the ear, do the same gentle squeezing and pulling motion back down to the lobe.
· Repeat several times.
C’mon, get tappy.
EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique is another very effective stress-buster, which again, looks a bit strange, so you might want to step into a private space for a few minutes to do it. The EFT practice involves gently tapping on specific points on the body, like points on the energy “meridians” that run through your head, arms and chest. By tapping on these specific areas, you “tap’ into your natural energy reserves and in as few as five minutes feel refreshed and relaxed. To learn EFT, try this tutorial by noted EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tkTUO_s9A4.
No lotus position required – try high-speed meditation.
Even if you are a fan of meditation, most planners, deep in ‘event mode,’ will tell themselves they just don’t have the time – despite the fact it’s what we probably need most (go figure). But, truth be told, just about all of us, no matter how busy, have three minutes at some point during the day, be it on the Starbucks line or in a taxi to a big meeting. How to make that time work for you? Try this super fast, 4-minute stress-busting guided meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbEzlMXtX0 by the Honest Guys – and soothe yourself in seconds.
Have a snort – and not the alcoholic kind.
Want to calm down? Take a whiff your favorite scent, and let your olfactory system help take the edge off. Any scent that you have a positive association with can help take tension down a notch, so keep ‘em within reach. For those tough on-site days, take along vials of essential oils, or cotton balls soaked with your favorite scent, and snort as needed. Classic calmers include lavender, vetiver and sandalwood but, if it’s a quick pick-me-up you need, then a whiff of citrus or mint will have an energy-boosting effect.
Eat like an athlete.
One last thought to keep stress at bay: lay off sugar and caffeine. When you’re under a lot of stress, both substances will have a roller-coaster effect on your energy levels, triggering spikes and crashes throughout the day and making it easier for stress to get the better of you. Instead, eat nutrient-dense foods that will keep blood sugar stable and stay away from the stuff that taxes your system, like sugar, caffeine, simple carbs and processed foods.
Here’s to happy, stress-free planning!
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