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3 Ways to De-Stress Before Your Next Event

By Katy Mullet | 2 min read

As an event pro, you wear a number of different hats in any given day. From managing guests to decorating your space, you’re tuned in to every details of a booking at your venue. We know how easy it is to get bogged down, so we’re sharing three ways relieve event planning stress before your next event.

Take a Deep Breath 

For in-the-moment stress, breathing exercises can help calm both your body and your mind. When you’re stressed, your heart rate increases and you tend to take shorter breaths. By intentionally taking longer, deeper breaths, you can send your body back into a more relaxed state (Source).

There are different versions of breathing exercises that you can test to find out which works best for you. One option is to the 4-7-8 method. (Inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds and finally exhale for eight seconds.) You can also try visualizing something, like a balloon, that will help you envision deep breathing.

These breathing techniques can come in handy when something goes off-plan or when dealing with a difficult guest. Find your perfect breathing exercise and use it to de-stress so that you can tackle whatever situation’s at hand.

Have a Gratitude Practice 

In studies on gratitude, people who regularly practice thankfulness were found to be happier and healthier than those who don’t. Taking time to intentionally appreciate your circumstances can lend perspective that’s hard to find when you’re in the weeds. 

There are lots of ways to cultivate gratitude, so think about a method that will best serve you. Some great examples are writing notes to people you appreciate (like friends, family, coworkers and even guests), or keeping a gratitude journal to jot down little things you’re thankful for throughout the week.

Taking time to practice gratitude will benefit your daily life, and is especially helpful and calming when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Next time you have a busy week coming up, find some peace of mind by taking five minutes to recognize people, places or opportunities that you’re thankful for.

Give Yourself a Time Out

Another effective practice to relieve stress when you’re facing a problem is to simply take a step away. When worry and anxiety begin to take over a situation, a short break can be calming and eye-opening. You’ll return to your project with renewed creativity, perspective and motivation.

What are some helpful ways reset throughout the work week? For short day-t0-day breaks, take a walk around the block, step away from your desk and listen to a song or even spend a few minutes playing a game on your phone. Remember that longer breaks are important too. Taking vacation can provide much-needed time to reduce stress, catch up on sleep and increase productivity in the long run (Source). 

Whether you’re looking for tips to book repeat business or a platform to simplify event management, Gather is here alleviate your event planning stress. 

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Katy Mullet
Content Marketing Manager

I'm the Content Marketing Manager here at Gather. Outside of writing and creating campaigns, I love to try new restaurants here in Atlanta or wherever I'm traveling.

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