The pandemic has only served to exacerbate the challenges of blurred work/play lines for us all. Working from home has become the ‘norm’ and the office commute became a short walk under the same roof. Laptops are always open, phones always on, emails always pinging – you’re always contactable, Furthermore, in a flash you went from zero to hero – no face to face events to ‘we want it organised by yesterday! In our own individual ways, we’ve all needed to strategise and pivot throughout challenging times.
Many of you will have needed to upskill in certain tasks to remain relevant and keep pace with the tidal flow of changes. You’ll have had to match the change of pace in the way the digital world works, too. And it’s come more critical than ever for to look introspectively – do I have the correct tools and techniques to help manage a change in the way I work? Do I have the right mindset to be able to focus? Be more productive? Cope with stress? Prevent overwhelm? Do I understand how to shut down all the tabs in my brain, and give myself a chance to relax and refresh?
Time to disconnect
Amongst the chaos, what’s critical is for those at the heart of the busyness – you, the high-level event professional – to be able to disconnect from the chaos and learn how to manage the enormous workload and stress.
This is where mindfulness for business can play an enormous positive role. Not only does it help upgrade a person’s ability to perform better but it helps reset any negative thought patterns or behaviours that hinder, rather than help, progress.
Think of the brain as a computer. Occasionally it needs to shut down, update and switch back on to help it perform to its best. This is especially true in the heat of the moment, when a meeting hasn’t gone well or the to do list has exploded.
Some quick and simple tactics
Here are a few simple meditations you can do to quickly reset in the moment:
- Take a ‘mini-mind nap’,a short guided meditation designed to fit in between meetings or when a quick moment is needed to bring stress down
- A guided meditation for those moments of total overwhelm – some are only six minutes! At times like these, you might feel as though you don’t even have two minutes but it will be worth it. You’ll reset, calm your brain out of fight or flight mode and be after to perform better afterwards.
- Meditation while box breathing. A technique used by the military to help prevent stress, this will teach you how to breathe properly and it’ll calm and soothe the brain. It’s an effective method to bring calm to the moment.
How are you planning on disconnecting from the stress?
Maybe turning your chaos into calm should be your next step?