Let’s face it, sometimes meetings are long, stressful and exhausting. They can leave you feeling depleted from encountering a room full of new people, navigating a massive new convention hotel for the first time, or presenting in front of a big crowd, all while trying to put your best foot forward for eight or more hours straight. Fortunately, numerous hotels worldwide are starting to incorporate successful ways to bring more mindfulness into the boardroom to help attendees feel more invigorated and at ease to combat these stressors throughout the day. You don’t have to practice Buddhism or even meditate daily to experience the full benefits of mindfulness at your next meeting or event.

Here are top five ways you can inject more mindful moments into your meetings to re-energize your guests before, during and after your event.

Awaken You Senses with Citrus
Scent can play a powerful role in stimulating your attendees’ state of well-being, both in revitalizing and relaxing ways. Eucalyptus and lavender tend to be more calming while citrus fruits, like lemons and limes, are rich in Vitamin C which can boost our body’s immune system. According to U.S. News & World Report lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits can all help your brain stay healthy. Whether you’re including it in a salad dressing, sipping on lemonade or squirting it on tacos, get some citrus in your daily diet. “Studies show that people who have citrus fruits every day are able to prevent cognitive decline by more than two years,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, an Eat + Run blogger and manager of wellness nutrition services at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. The all-encompassing Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida took note of this, and offers a highly popular Citrus Summer Cool Down Break offer to awaken their guests senses while incorporating its states “Florida Orange” into their package. Guests can choose from a variety of citrus pastries including, orange sour cream cake, orange madeleine, citrus shortbread cookies, lemon chocolate cupcake, citrus shortcake shooter, orange amandine, and key lime pavlova. The menu also entails a Zumanna Juicer: Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice, Tropical Fruit Display with Sliced Florida and Blood Oranges, Citrus and Ginger Infused Water Elixir; Le Croix Citrus Flavored Sparkling Waters, Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Illy Coffee, Assorted Damman Freres® Teas & Condiments to keep their guests awake and focused throughout the day.

Eco-Friendly Event & Meeting Initiatives
These days attendees are looking for meeting venues that align with their environmental values. One core value that is gaining momentum is the conscientious handling of event waste and the use of plastic straws and water bottles. Let’s look at Hilton who has set a perfect example and raised the bar high. Just last year the company announced it removed plastic straws from its 650 managed properties, with a goal to double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030, with the help of science-based targets. In Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually. Laid end to end, the straws saved each year in the region would exceed the length of the River Seine. An estimated eight million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, and research projects that plastic in our oceans could triple in a decade. Plastic pollution not only impacts our waters and marine life, but also our food chain and overall health. Instead, Hilton removed plastic straws and now offers a paper or biodegradable alternative upon request. Hilton will also remove plastic water bottles from meetings and events in hotels across the EMEA region, as part of its global Meet with Purpose program to offer socially and environmentally responsible meetings.

Book Mindful Meeting Offers
Hotels around the world are starting to offer customized Mindful Meeting packages to enhance their guests’ overall well-being while staying on property for a convention, meeting or event. Examples of wellness offerings include healthy menu options for breakfast, meeting breaks or lunch; yoga classes, group guided meditations, fitness classes, innovative spa experiences, master Zen talks, invigorating activities and mindful excursions within the destination.

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