Whether it’s caused by a slideshow gone wrong, a breach in security or a botched special meal by the catering team, stress is an unavoidable part of the meeting planner profession. Learning how to deal with it appropriately is crucial.
A former 911 operator, Adam Timm, CEO and co-founder of ZenLife Services, speaks on the importance of stress resilience. Compared to the more short-term solution of stress management, “stress resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of hardship or adversity and perform at your best on a consistent basis,” explains Timm. Brush up on his five keys to becoming stress resilient.
Take time to sit and be still for at least five to 10 minutes each day, says Timm. Three deep diaphragmatic breaths are enough to turn off a stress response and turn on a relaxing one.
2. Visualize success.
Write down a compelling vision for yourself for a life of less stress and read it every day, he says. Make this vision as real as possible.
3. Use powerful affirmations.
An affirmation is a statement confirming something you want to be true in the here and now, Timm explains. Affirmations must be in the present tense (for example, “I am calm and relaxed in every situation”) because the subconscious mind cannot affix itself to the future tense.
4. Practice and dwell in a state of gratitude.
Write down 10 things you are supremely grateful for each day, says Timm. Being in a state of gratitude turns off the stress response. The chronically stressed mind looks out into the world and sees lack and limitation, but when we practice gratitude, we start to expand our perspective and see more things for which to be grateful.
5. Celebrate yourself.
Timm notes that once per week, you should take yourself out on a date and do something you had forgotten about, or something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Learn more about stress resiliency. Watch Adam Timm's on-demand webinar, "Stress Is Optional! 5 Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever," here.