As any event planner will tell you, hosting can bring along with it many sets of stress factors. What if the band shows up, but the main singer has lost his voice? What if speeches take too long and the meal gets cold?
Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal makes an interesting case for stress in her 2013 Ted Talk. Part of her argument is that acknowledging stress response as a protective system that energizes your body and compels you to go into reactionary mode is a very good thing. By embracing stress rather than fearing it in simple scenarios, you increase your ability to manage more stressful situations. [source] Photo of Love and Splendor by Ryan Ray Photography
It’s exhausting to be a host! Making sure everyone has what they need, that they’re having a good time, and finding time to enjoy meaningful conversation with your guests takes a lot of work. There’s no doubt that when the event comes to end, you’ll be begging to count sheep.
Getting together with people and laughing is a hugely important thing that happens at a party. Neuroscientist Sophie Scott says, “You're doing something, when you laugh with people, that's actually letting you access a really ancient evolutionary system that mammals have evolved to make and maintain social bonds, and clearly to regulate emotions, to make ourselves feel better.” [source]
Learning how best to manage your time is crucial when it comes to planning an event. It’s really easy to get caught up in doing whatever you enjoy most, like putting together flower arrangements or selecting a menu, and you can easily lose track of how much time you’re spending on small tasks. By organizing your time efficiently and clearly outlining responsibilities of all people contributing something to the party, you’ll cut back on the planning time and your event will run more smoothly. Learn how to simplify and don’t take on too much!
If you’re throwing a party outdoors, embrace the sunshine! The sun’s UV rays have been shown to lower blood pressure and promote bone growth. Time spent in the sun also boosts your body’s vitamin D supply. And, hey, who doesn’t love that sunshiney glow on their skin. [source]