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How Catering & Event Professionals Can Protect Their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While event professionals are resilient, adaptable, and usually calm under pressure, the industry is one of the hardest hit during the current pandemic. With the continually evolving news, event cancellations, and just all-around uncertainty, event professionals are currently experiencing anxiety, stress, and worry.   

There are a few resources and actions you can take during this time of social isolation to improve your overall mental health.  

1. Talk to a Therapist 

Online therapy: Talkspace offers online and mobile therapy if you need someone to talk to. Check-in with your insurance company to see if they offer a video therapy service as well. Pricing varies. Talkspace is offering a $100 coupon for their services, use coupon code: 1004u.

2. Practice Mindfulness 

Headspace: Headspace offers themed meditation courses and daily meditations. While they offer a free two-week trial, several resources are currently available at no charge.

3. Get Moving 

Peloton: Peloton offers more than just a bike – you can take yoga, meditation, and cardio classes with little or no equipment at home. Exercise can help you maintain your sanity during these challenging times. The Peloton app is currently offering a free 90-day trial, and is $12.99/month after the trial. 

Virtual Fitness Classes: Several YMCA’s and other fitness centers are moving toward virtual fitness classes to help keep you on track with your fitness goals while at home. 

4. Stay Connected 

Chapter Meetings: NACE Chapters are shifting to virtual meetings in the place of face-to-face meetings. Find your local chapters and stay connected with NACE’s vibrant community of fellow catering and event professionals.  

Netflix Party: Call up a few of NACE friends and have them join on for a Netflix Party. It’s a great way to host a virtual event and stay connected with friends. 

5. Support Each Other 

Support local business: Restaurants and caterers are also currently adapting to take-out and delivery options. Find local NACE members offering this option through your local chapter and support them when possible. A friend in NACE is one you can count on when restrictions lift, and you are looking for locations to book your next event.  

6. News and Online Detox  

While there is a legitimate reason to keep the TV on and social media open, the constant media, and social media coverage, many of which may not be completely accurate, can be overwhelming. Limit your exposure to the news for a few hours and focus on your surroundings to help reduce anxiety and panic. 

Have you found another way to cope during social isolation? Share your found techniques in the comments below. 

One Reply to “How Catering & Event Professionals Can Protect Their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

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