How to Relieve Event Planning Stress

By Erica Cramer, LMSW

Spring is a great time of year. As the weather gets warmer (let’s keep our fingers crossed) people become more motivated to be socially active and are inclined to plan fun gatherings. Whether it is an extravagant wedding or a small dinner party, planning an event can often be exciting and challenging. Although it is important to consider other people’s wants and needs, it is crucial maintain your sanity during the planning process and create a product that makes you proud. The following tips will help ensure that this is the case:

1. Stay focused.

When you start planning your event, create a concrete plan and stick to it. Set realistic expectations for the final outcome of the event and ensure that you have the resources and time necessary to properly execute it. When you see yourself losing focus or making unnecessary additions, refer to your initial plan to see how those additions align with it.

2. Create boundaries around planning and do not let the event consume your life.

With modern day technology, the planning process can be a 24/7 activity. It is important to devote a specific amount of time each day to planning and not let it be something that takes over your entire life. It is very easy for planning to transform from productive to obsessive. If you find yourself in bed every night browsing Pinterest or Instagram, it may be a good time to re-evaluate your boundaries and ensure that you make time to unplug from planning.

3. Ask for help when you need it.

There is nothing wrong with asking others for help (especially when it is something that they can do well, enjoy doing, or can do easily). This is a good way to take all of the stress off your plate and make planning a more fun and collaborative process. 

4. Remember why you decided to have the event in the first place.

When people become overwhelmed and stressed out they have the tendency to question why they decided to have the event in the first place. When you feel this way, take a deep breath and a step back. Write down all of the reasons you are having this event and what exactly you want to accomplish. Whenever you feel this way again, look at your list and it will be helpful in allowing you to regain focus.

5. Don't second guess yourself.

It is vital to have the confidence to execute your decisions and not question decisions that have already been made. You are the expert of yourself and the event you are planning, therefore you know best. Think of your decisions carefully before you make them and once they are made look forward not backwards.

Erica Cramer is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. If you would like support in prioritizing and taking care of your mental health, contact Cobb Psychotherapy and see how therapy can help.