Whoah! How did we get to the end of the year already?! One minute we’re organising summer parties and team-building activities; the next we’re putting the finishing touches to the Christmas Party and organising gifts for clients.
And this time of the year certainly takes its toll on most of us – from networking events and organising business lunches, to remembering to buy a Secret Santa present. Outside of the office it’s no easier: school Christmas plays to attend (and provide costumes for), shopping for presents, planning the Christmas lunch (and panicking about securing Ocado’s last delivery slot), trying to fit in extra gym sessions in preparation for the Christmas parties… the list goes on.
However organised you are, however good at multi-tasking, the run-up to the festive season can create more burn-out than at any other time of the year. So, as we take a few days of rest and recuperation – and enjoy fun and quality family-time – it’s a great opportunity to think about how to tackle wellness and wellbeing as we head into 2020.
And a great place to start is by attending the PA Life Workplace Wellness & Wellbeing Summit. This two-day event takes place during the PA Show at ExCeL on February 25th & 26th and will provide you with the tools to you need to make your physical and mental health a priority.
We’ll have two days of conference sessions, covering topics including Vibrant Energy With Nutrition, Goal Mapping, Healthy Hacks for a Busy Lifestyle, Silencing Your Inner Critic and Avoiding Burnout. In addition, we’ll be hosting a series of practical wellness activitivies, including yoga, reflexology, motivation and forming healthy habits
The PA Life stand within the expo area will also be dedicated to wellness. Make sure you visit us to sample healthy treats and drinks, meet fitness and nutrition experts – and, of course, chat to the PA Life team!
We’ll be opening online registration soon and tickets will be priced from £30, so keep an eye on www.palife.co.uk to ensure you don’t miss out.
Meanwhile, someone who has clearly got her eye on wellness and work/life balance is the subject of our PA Profile this issue. Marie Bliss has been a PA at Tesco’s HQ in Welwyn Garden City for some 14 years. Promoting positive mental health is clearly high on the agenda at the retailer and Marie has already completed the first stage of a course to help tackle this issue. Find out more on pages 13-16.
Elsewhere in this issue, Yvonne Reay-Scott, Executive Assistant at construction development giant Mount Anvil, discusses an ambitious event she held earlier this year for both colleagues and family at London Zoo. Discover her top tips on pages 22 & 23.
We’ve also got a major spotlight on Corporate Hospitality and Private Dining to ensure you get your 2020 plans on track early.
Finally, a very merry festive season to all our readers and supporters – we’ll see you in 2020!
Lisa Carter, Associate Editor