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INTRODUCING HELEN MOON…

Written by Emily Falconer on 23rd October 2017

Following on from the success of September’s #eventwell17, we wanted to extend the conversation about wellbeing in the events industry. #eventwell17 saw a week’s worth of groups, discussions and events centred round the topic of keeping industry professionals healthy in mind and body.

We’re lucky enough to have one of the co-founders of EventWell, Louise Warren, be part of our experienced team and she is passionately driving this initiative forward. An equally impressive advocate of wellbeing that we met during the week was consultant Events and Marketing Director, and co-founder of EventWell Helen Moon. We asked Helen if she’d take some time out of her busy schedule to share some of her thoughts, tips and advice on how we can all stay on top of our mental health while working in such busy jobs. As of the 30th October, Helen will be taking over No.4 Hamilton Place’s Twitter feed so make sure you follow @4HamiltonPlace. But first off, let us introduce Helen to you and find out a little bit about her thoughts on wellbeing in the events industry.

Helen, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been an events professional for 20 years, in venue management, event planning and sales and marketing and love what we do as an industry. One thing people don’t know about me is that I also suffer from bipolar disorder and that can be incredibly challenging working in the events industry. Thankfully this is not a direct result of working in events the onset came in my teens, but it means that I have to ensure that I’m taking care of myself and this means that my personal wellbeing is always at the forefront of my mind.

 

What topics are you going to be exploring in your social media takeover for No.4?

It’s critical that we continue what we started with EventWell during UK Event Wellbeing Week in September, to ensure we keep talking about this important area of the industry. We discussed wellbeing in the workplace and what we can do both as managers and employees to be taking better care of ourselves and our teams, creating proactive cultures and happy, healthy and safe environments. As someone who manages a mental health condition that’s so important for me but wellbeing also begins with us taking better care of ourselves so I’ll be sharing some tips for stress management on the go.

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What do you think the biggest wellbeing challenge is for people working in the events industry?

Time! Being time poor can sometimes mean that things like maintaining a social life, exercising, eating well and sleep get put on the back burner as people tend to do things ‘on the go’, but there are small things that people can do to change this.

 

How have things changed in the last 5 years in terms of wellbeing in the industry?

I wouldn’t say it’s the last 5 years as even last year there was a still a strong mind-set that this is the events industry just get on with it, but certainly this year we’ve seen a movement developing within the industry where people are starting to think very differently about their physical and mental health.

 

And finally, what’s the one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

There are so many it’s hard to pick one, but it would be you don’t need to lose sense of yourself to get ahead in the events industry, your creativity as an individual will get you ahead alone, learn how to say no and slow down a little and make sure you have some balance in your life so you can keep coming up with those creative ideas! Look after your brain, it’s your biggest asset!

What can you expect from the takeover?

Helen will be filling our timeline with 24 really helpful tips on how to get a better work life balance and look after yourself. Follow her on @4hamiltonplace and her usual home @helenmoonemc