Maintaining Work-Life Balance
As Meeting Professionals
It comes as no surprise that the meeting professional and event planner job can be quite stressful. You have to manage everything from speakers and hotel management to having the right food for the right people and organizing accommodations. The list of tasks never seems to end! The key thing is that you can’t be effective if you are stressed and overwhelmed, so let’s start there.
From a personal health perspective, you already know how important staying hydrated is, especially during a meeting at the beach. But are you doing it? The typical daily water target of half your body weight in ounces is a great place to start, but the key is to implement this to drink water throughout the day. Make sure it’s purified water, as you want to help your body to detoxify. Either use a filter, or your body will become the filter, making it work harder to keep up.
Use the Best Fuel Possible
Most people who own an expensive car would never think of putting the cheapest fuel in it. Your body is WAY more valuable than any car, so make sure you give it the best fuel possible. We understand there are times when it makes sense to cheat and eat the not-so-good-for-you foods, and that’s OK . . . as long as it’s in moderation.
Shoot for the 80/20 rule (80% of the time, eating as healthy as you can). What does that look like, given our culture’s fascination with the diet trend of the month? In general, eat things that grow. The Mediterranean diet has stood the test of time. The trick is to eat:
- Quality fruits and vegetables (organic where possible).
- Whole grains in very small amounts only.
- Healthy natural fats such as coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, walnuts and macadamia nuts. Also, be sure to get your omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish, flax or other sources. These fats are crucial to building healthy cells in your body. (Tip: Whenever you see the word “essential” with regard to nutrition, it means your body can’t make it on its own, so you need to incorporate it into your diet.)
- We don’t need as much protein as you might think (depending on your lifestyle) but do eat it daily in the form of beans, nuts, lentils (if vegetarian) and/or good-quality meats (organic, grass-fed) and eggs.