By Shannon Moore
With the onset of peak busy season for experiential marketing events, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself.
Long hours on your feet, little sleep and interacting with consumers all the livelong day can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Snapping up jobs when you can get them is almost required in this industry, but in doing so brand ambassador burnout will sneak up on you in a way that makes life more stressful than it needs to be.
Psychology Today cites burnout as a state of chronic stress that leads to:
Here are some simple, actionable tips to help you avoid brand ambassador burnout.
Mapping out your schedule can provide stability with the knowledge that moving things around is inevitable:
When you arrive home after an event, go ahead and take care of event paperwork, recaps, etc. immediately. Yes, you will be exhausted but taking care of lingering tasks will keep your mind free (and you paychecks coming in) during your free time.
Getting enough sleep is a simple act that can make a world of difference in your overall wellbeing as a brand ambassador and human being.
It may be worth the few extra bucks to have groceries delivered so you don’t have to shop. Too busy to get to the gym? Free workouts or apps at home can get the job done. You can cut corners on time in many ways and this will free you up when you aren’t working. Leave a few mins early to fill up your gas tank on the way to an event rather than make a special trip out. Exchange carpool duties with other brand ambassadors to events to save on gas. If you make it a game you can find many ways to gain back some time on basic tasks.
Household chores can wait a tad longer than usual during the busy season. The laundry may pile up and dishes sit overnight, the rug may go un-vacuumed, but it’s not the end of the world. Get things done bit-by-bit, but know that it’s OK to shun some responsibility around the house.
This can be tough but the best way to gain free time is to cut down your phone scrolling. Set time limits on your phone that alert when you are going over your allotted time.
Since you are on your feet all day at work it can feel daunting to imagine doing MORE physical activity. Yoga, swimming, cycling, bodyweight training are all good options that introduce functional fitness into your day. A bit of exercise will help you have more energy overall, keeping you physically and mentally fit to handle your life. This doesn’t mean you need to dedicate an hour a day (unless you want to) but even 15 mins a day to be active outside of work can have enormous benefits.
Brand ambassadors burn a lot of calories on the job and get dehydrated easily. Always bring water with you and have healthy snacks on hand. Make sure you eat a full, well-balanced meal prior to a shift to keep your energy levels high and to avoid getting hangry.
Read, get a mani/pedi, watch television, take a bath – make time to relax in a way that recharges you. There is so much pressure to always be doing something, but taking some time to chill out can reset your mental state
Be sure to take care of yourself mentally. Stay on top of doctor’s appointments, therapy, meditation, journaling, yoga, support groups, etc. Do not skip appointments, classes or time that you require to stay mentally well.
Family and friends want to help and it’s OK to ask. This can be anything from running an errand, walking the dog, or dropping off some food. When you have people in your life that are willing to help, take advantage of it. You can return the favor in the off-season.
Because you spend the majority of your time as a brand ambassador on your feet, this is a no-brainer. Don’t skimp on your shoes, you’ll thank me later.
Whether it’s a quiet chat with your friend over coffee or a bumping dance club, carve out time to spend with your friends in ways that make you feel good and recharged.
This can be a great stress reliever and give you something to focus on.
If you are desperate to recharge, you need to drop as much as you can outside of work and do whatever makes you happy. For some it may be a hike in the woods, for others, it may be lying around watching television. Whatever it is, take care of yourself and take the time to recharge your batteries.
Being a brand ambassador is hard work, physically and mentally. Therefore, it’s crucial that you tend to your personal needs and your physical and mental wellbeing. This will help you avoid feeling spent and make the busy season feel not-so-busy.