Guest Feature: Chase Wilkes
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Chase Wilkes is an Event Producer who specializes in managing credentials. He has worked in live events for 5 years, starting as a volunteer and working his way up to management level roles. Chase sat down with us to talk about mental health and how he’s staying active during the pandemic.
2020 was gearing up to be a monumental year for Chase, full of credentials! With several opportunities to pursue his passion for events and taking on new management roles, he was eager to take on a busy schedule. He started the year with a few event positions already under his belt when everything came to a sudden halt.
The adjustment from a vigorous work schedule to isolation from society was a huge change. With no real end in sight, Chase knew he needed to implement a schedule to keep himself sane.
Exercise became an important remedy that he incorporated into his new way of life. While Chase was no stranger to working out, the roadie lifestyle makes it hard at times to stick to a workout routine. With gyms closed, running became his workout of choice.
Chase found a few points to be true after running was incorporated into his daily routine:
The natural endorphins released during a run help him uphold positive energy.
Achieving small goals increased his motivation to stay active and shifted his focus away from life stressors. One large goal he set his mind towards was completing a half marathon (13.1 miles)!
Though gyms have reopened, Chase still takes time to mix running into his weekly routine. When events come back in full swing, Chase believes running is something he will incorporate into a travel-based lifestyle. Not to make it sound like we’re reading his dating profile, but long walks on the beach have also brought Chase much joy and a peaceful beginning or end to any day. A socially distanced change in scenery has helped Chase let go of negative thoughts and may help you stay healthy and active during quarantine! To learn more about how running can reduce stress, check out this link.
Chase has also focused on implementing a healthy diet and increasing water intake. Making smart choices while ordering curbside or reducing red meat intake has created a boost in his energy. Chase’s favorite meals include fish and mediterianian food from his favorite local businesses. While on the road eating smart can be tough, but he believes getting into healthy habits during this time increases the probability of making healthier choices while traveling. To learn more about how to incorporate health and wellness while traveling check out this link.
This year has certainly allowed us to get to know ourselves better. In a career that often begins with a love of live music, it is often easy to list work as one of your main hobbies. With live music put on hold, Chase has been pursuing new hobbies, such as investing in the stock market. “It is an interesting time with constant ups and downs which creates a great learning opportunity.” Chase begins each day catching up on the news and stock prices to better understand the day to day fluctuations. Podcasting has also been a great way to pass some time, one of Chase’s go to’s is Short Story Long.
Chase hopes to inspire subscribers to reflect on their own physical and mental wellness and reminds everyone that we are all in this together. In the spirit of health and wellness, the Back of House Crew has created a list of resources to help provide guidance and reduce stress. If you or a friend needs help navigating these tools, or there has been a resource you have found to be helpful during this time, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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