March 10th, 2020
Fleur de Lis Event Center understands this unsettling time we are experiencing due to COVID-19 or Coronavirus. FEAR is a powerful emotion, that like it or not will cause issues we all will be forced to deal with. I want all our customers to know we are available to discuss any concerns you may have and are monitoring this situation and doing everything we can to be prepared for it.
We have met with our cleaning supplier to get the latest and best cleaners to prevent COVID-19 from surfaces while communicating with our staff measures to combat this virus. We are taking this issue very seriously, hopefully lowering our customer’s concerns.
Times like these remind me of a blog I wrote years ago, that I truly hope will help (see below).
How to prevent Pre-Event Anxiety
Mark Twain said: “My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened.”
Hosting special events like weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, surprise birthday parties, fundraisers has proven Twain correct. The very people that deserve to be in the best frame of mind typically find themselves in the worse. Brides stressed-out hours before the wedding, hosts rushing around minutes before the party, and volunteers for fundraisers being pulled in twenty different directions, start feeling overwhelmed.
So how can we prevent pre-event anxiety? The first step is to understand where anxiety comes from. Warranted anxiety comes from lack of preparation. Think back to a test in school that you were not prepared for. Now think about a test you were prepared for. One gave you pre-test confidence while the other pre-test anxiety. The difference was your level of preparedness.
Step two is to understand worry so you can have extra time and energy to prepare for the event. Did you know that researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that 85% percent of what we worry about never happens? Moreover, the study found that 79% of us handle the 15% that does happen in ways that surprise us in a positive way. We do have the ability to turn the situation around.
That means when 8 out of 10 people worry, 85% of the time, it won’t happen, and the 15% of the time that it does, they will handle it amazingly well.
Conclusion: “Don’t worry, be happy”, make a list far in advance, and “Get-R-Done”! Spend your time getting prepared, doing what you can do, and do not worry about what you can’t.