How to beat Burnout and Stress as an Event Planner


As an event planner, are you being asked to do more with less? Is the pressure of deadlines and depleted teams causing your stress levels to rise? If so, you’re not alone.

Event planning has long been considered one of the world's most stressful professions. But in the aftermath of the pandemic, event professionals coping with talent shortages, high inflation, the need to learn new technology skills, and other daily pressures are at greater risk of mental health challenges such as burnout. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Yes, event planning is a high-pressure career, but learning how to manage and reduce stress will safeguard against your employees either leaving or being off long-term sick. While for you as an individual, some simple steps to looking after your mental well-being will result in a happier, healthier outlook - both at work and at home.


Recognising the signs of stress and burnout

In basic terms, burnout is an accumulation of stress. It’s a bell curve where stress levels increase and your performance declines in tandem. Burnout tends to be the point where someone’s performance has declined so much that they’re physically and mentally unable to function effectively anymore. So stress and burnout are intrinsically linked.

Although stress is generally considered to be the main prerequisite for workplace burnout, additional factors can also contribute. These include:

  • Unfair treatment at work (e.g. overlooked for promotion, lack of flexible working, strict corporate policies)
  • Disrupted home life (e.g. divorce, bereavement, parenting issues)
  • Ongoing health issues (both pre-existing mental and physical)
  • Personal pressures (e.g. financial, caring for a relative, childcare)

Herewith ways to combat stress and avoid burnout

Remember: Help is out there

The key thing to remember when battling stress to avoid burnout is that you’re not alone and there is plenty of expert advice, along with available resources that will help you to implement effective workplace well-being measures.

There will always be pressures in the planning and staging of events, due to it being a very deadline-orientated sector, but we need to remove the cultural acceptance that stress in event management is inevitable.

Let’s work together to ensure that no more industry talent is lost to burnout.