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Building on your physical wellbeing

Stress Matters encourages eventprofs to focus on their physical wellbeing for 30 minutes every day.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the team behind De-Stress Fest at the Royal Horticultural Halls and Stress Matters is asking you to commit to 30 minutes per day to improve your wellbeing.

Anyone that has done a mental health awareness course will have heard about their stress container. The idea is that we each have a container that our stressors get poured into every day and when it overflows, we start to experience symptoms of stress.

To stop it overflowing, we create a tap at the bottom where we can release the pressure and this tap is made up of our coping strategies, the things we do that make us feel good.

For us to feel truly well, we incorporate elements from the four pillars of wellbeing – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Without a commute, eventprofs will be doing much less exercise than normal, the lack of which can affect us both physically and mentally, so here are five things you can do to keep your happiness levels up.

Tip 1: Movement

Getting oxygen around the body is important. If you do not have the stamina to do Joe Wicks, there are other simple things you can do at home or outside. For example, try a short HIIT session and do 1 minute each of star jumps, squats, running on the spot, star jumps and finishing on squats will keep your fitness levels up, raise your heart rate and release endorphins which relieve pain and stress. Or try Brett Larkin’s yoga sessions on YouTube, she has short videos and different styles for beginners up. May is Walking Month and Eventwell is challenging eventprofs to achieve 300K in the month. Are you up for the challenge?

Tip 2: Vitamin D

Also known as the sunshine vitamin and key to our immune systems and overall happiness. It is created through our skin by being in the sun and now we can be in the sun without being moved on, so let’s take advantage! Getting vitamin D for half an hour every day without sunscreen is needed if you have paler skin and more time for darker skin. Recent studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D have been worse affected by Covid-19, whereas those with good levels were only mildly affected.

Tip 3: Eat the rainbow

Vitamin C and zinc are also essential for our immune systems, which is our body’s natural defence against any disease. Eating a wide range of foods increases the vitamins and antioxidants into the body which then fight free radicals and oxidisation. The more colour the better! Magnesium is nature’s tranquiliser and helps with anxiety and sleep. You can find all of these in green leafy vegetables, wholegrains, whole soya and lentils or a supplement which will keep your immune system in fighting shape.

Tip 4: Sleep well

A decent night’s sleep is essential for good mental health and something eventprofs can practice right now. Try and get to bed between 10 and 11pm when the body starts detoxing and try not to eat or drink alcohol 2 hours before bed. Bathing in magnesium salts for a minimum of 20 minutes in the evening is a great way for the body to absorb magnesium, help tired muscles post exercise and it reduces anxiety. Avoiding blue screens and reading before you go to sleep all help the mind unwind and prepare for sleep.

Tip 5: Get into nature

If you’re not isolating, then getting into nature on your daily walk is essential. Where will your 10K steps take you?

Need an industry Buddy to talk to? The Buddies Matter scheme created by Stress Matters will match you up with a peer in the industry who you can talk to on a regular basis. All you need to do is fill out the form and you’ll be matched with a like-minded person who’s happy to listen.

If you need to talk to someone about your mental health, the events and hospitality industry support line created by Stress Matters is here to help. A qualified Mental Health First Aider is on hand from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday on 07841 362 111.