1. a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety or concern.
2. to be concerned; have thought or regard.
As a meetings professional, you're likely familiar with stress and have experienced it to some degree. But no matter how well-versed one may be with managing that stress, no one could have prepared for the effects of COVID-19 on your mental health. That's why it's important to take inventory of how you're feeling and develop strategies for managing those anxieties. In this Education Essentials, you'll learn how to take care of your physical and mental well-being, and tips for managing stress levels, how to practice mindfulness and more.
Caring for Your Physical Health
In Part 2 of Carlin Putman's two-part blog series on staying well, she discusses how you can care for your physical well-being to maintain and boost good health. With all the concern surrounding COVID-19, supporting your natural defense system is an effective way to ensure peace of mind. Start by eating a balanced diet, getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, exercising lightly and reducing stress. Read more, and check out the infographic below for the highlights.
Did you miss Part 1 – Planning for Your Mental Health? Check it out here on TheBlog.
Caring for Your Mental Health
In this guide from Johns Hopkins, you'll find strategies for managing stress and coping with COVID-19 concerns. Start by taking care of your physical health, then focus on positive psychology, challenging negative thoughts and finding time to spend on stress-reducing, enjoyable activities. Need a quick pick-me-up? This article identifies simple ways to boost your mental health, including tracking gratitude and achievement with a journal, unplugging from technology, boosting your brainpower by treating yourself to dark chocolate occasionally and taking a walk in nature. For even more ideas for reducing stress, check out this "anti-to-do list" with self-care tips such as staying away from the news, taking time for yourself and taking shortcuts to avoid creating chores.
Do you have any tips for self-care during this time? Share them with your peers in TheNetwork.
Resources from TheNetwork
Taking care of yourself never goes out of style! In this discussion thread, Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, shares the recap notes and takeaways recording for the FICP Chats, Taking Care of Yourself. Topics in the recording include exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness. In this discussion thread, Michael Burke, CMP, shares a TED Talk from Romy Nelson, MEd, DTR, on the importance of sleep to complement her FICP Anytime webinar, The Science of Sleep. Find the webinar recording here.
FICP Short: Mindfulness for Meetings Professionals
Watch the FICP Short below as Holly Duckworth shares how meetings professionals can benefit from practicing mindfulness.
#TBT - Creating Happy and Healthy Workplaces and Employees in Our Current Times
During Education Week, Dr. Marc Milstein delivered a webinar on optimizing happiness from our work from home and virtual environment. Attendees walked away with actionable steps to boost happiness in employees, lessen the effects of feeling isolated, effectively manage stress, and keeping your mental and immune health strong. FICP members can find the recording on TheNetwork, here.
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