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How Our Event Profs are Staying Healthy



How Our Event Profs are Staying Healthy

Planners are always on the go, juggling and multi-tasking from morning to night.

From coordinating with vendors, to site visits, to 16-hour days onsite, to taking care of a myriad of details, it’s just what we do. Then COVID-19 stopped the world in its track, and everything, including in-person events, came to a screeching halt.

Now on week three of lockdown. We, like most of the country, are at home and are trying to make the best of  our new reality by focusing on our physical, emotional, and mental wellness, at a time when it’s more important than ever.

Today is World Health Day, so we checked in on our event profs and asked them what they’re doing to stay healthy during this time.

 

Monica Zack, Event Architect

“The number one thing I am trying to do to stay both physically and mentally healthy is eat my fruits and vegetables! It sounds small and something your mom would nag you about, but we need to remember to fuel our bodies and minds. It is so easy to turn to (delicious) pasta for every meal, but that won’t sustain you for long.

While fresh produce may be hard to come by given less frequent grocery store trips, there are still ways to work in your vitamins. Frozen veggies have a long shelf life and are a quick addition to any meal. Frozen fruits make great smoothies, which are an easy replacement for other less healthy snacks (aka Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups).

Additionally, I make it a point to talk to at least one friend or family member a day. This small, manageable task makes me feel accomplished, replenished and supportive of my loved ones.”

 

Linda Lindamood, VP of Safety and Logistics

“My Zen is to be on the move or to move things. While movement is very difficult during this period of social distancing I find myself the happiest working in my yard. Like in my day to day job, starting a project and seeing it through to the end is extremely fulfilling and satisfies my need for accomplishment and movement. I am not  good at being stuck in one place, so it’s time to get creative and get those long overdue TO DO’s Done!”

 

Melissa Shepard, Event Director

“As we all grapple with our new reality of being confined to our homes, I have found it increasingly important to set time aside for my physical and mental well-being.  I will be the first to admit that in the times before COVID-19 I took for granted the luxuries of being able to go outside and do things with those you care about.  Now however, finding solitude in those moments, albeit alone, is something that I have come to prioritize.

It wasn’t an easy adjustment, and even took blocking time on my calendar – something meant more as a reminder and force function to myself then anything else- but taking that time, even if only a few minutes, to get outside has done wonders for my mental health.  In addition to these daily moments, I have also found sticking to my normal fitness routine has been essential (especially in light of all the quarantine snacking I’ve been doing…).  I give credit, appreciation and gratitude to the countless fitness instructors who, despite their own hardships, have banded together to create a community offering free live (and saved) classes so that we can maintain some sense of normalcy and camaraderie in the wellness community.  It’s these moments that I find I’m able to momentarily step away from the troubling realities of the world and reset.  The combination of these things has become my mental pep talk of sorts, pushing me to continuously shift focus, find the silver lining and keep moving forward.”

 

Leeann Burke, Event Architect

“For my body & soul, I start my day with a workout; I am switching between long runs, Orange Theory workouts and CorePower Yoga sets. Always fueled by some great podcasts; from Sunday Today with Willie Geist, to The Left Right Game by QCODE. I always have to end with a jam from my 2000’s hip hop playlist; heyyyyy Petey Pablo!

For my mind, I’ve set a goal to read 10 books during Quarantine! So far, I’ve gotten through Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness, The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And can’t forget my Cosmopolitan magazines; can never have enough makeup & outfits tips when I’m in my slippers everyday! #workfromhomelife

For my heart, family dinners, walks with my labradoodle, Aries & Zoom happy hours with my girlfriends!”

 

Alexandra Herrera, Event Architect

“As planners, we thrive on human connection. For me, it has been important more than ever to stay connected with my family and friends. I’ve been in a large WhatsApp group with my cousins, aunts and uncles on my mom’s side for years. I love being able to know how they are each doing, especially since we are all scattered throughout the world. My favorite thing has been our ability to easily share recipes, as cooking is our family’s favorite way to stay busy. As for my friends, we have established a standing video call every Friday night (drinks included 😉). It’s great to catch up on everyone’s week and hang out as if we were at someone’s house. Having the ability to see everyone’s faces brings back a sense of normalcy.”

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We are all in this together, and we hope you find solace in knowing that you are not alone.  We are all finding ways to cope; we are all trying to make the best of a completely unprecedented human experience, and we are all trying to stay connected in the best ways we can.

If you are thinking about planning a virtual event or need some support crafting the perfect virtual gathering experience, we are here for you and we are happy to help you discover the full potential of your virtual event. Head to our Contact Us page to get in touch.

Stay safe and healthy, friends.

Love,

The Linder Team

 

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