While having a career behind the chair is full of gorgeous hair transformations and boosting clients’ self-esteem, day-to-day salon activities are often accompanied with a fair amount of stress. In honor of Stress Awareness Month, observed every April, we have rounded up five simple ways to start managing your stress levels. Share these tips with your employees, salon besties and clients.
1. Live a healthy lifestyle.
An article from clevelandclinic.org suggests that eating well-balanced meals, reducing alcohol consumption, exercising often, and abstaining from tobacco and nicotine products are factors that will help combat stress. For a busy stylist, consider meal prepping nutritious food for the days you are in the salon. If scheduling gym time seems next to impossible, a brisk 20-minute walk outside during some down time is a wonderful way to unplug and get some fresh air.
2. Set boundaries.
Setting boundaries at the salon as well as with friends and family will help free up time for yourself. At the same time, setting boundaries with yourself can help alleviate some stress, too. The article states, “It's okay—and healthy—to realize you cannot be 100% successful at everything all at once.” Be aware of negative self-talk, and instead, give yourself some grace when things don’t go as planned.
3. Kick back and relax.
Whether you are enrolled in a yoga class or start each morning with a journaling session, relaxation techniques can act as an outlet for stress. Not sure where to start? Download a meditation app to your phone or research some simple breathing exercises to practice on your commute to the salon.
4. Strive for quality sleep.
An article from mayoclinic.org stressed the importance of sleep when it comes to stress management. Mind racing after a day at the salon? Be conscious of your bedtime routine. Avoid your phone and social media immediately before crawling under the covers. Instead, listen to calming music, read a book or journal about your day.
5. Get professional help.
If the stress you are experiencing is negatively impacting your daily activities, there is no shame in seeking professional therapy or counseling assistance. For those with a hectic schedule, virtual mental health services can be accessed on your phone, tablet or computer. If speaking with someone in person is important to you, practice those boundary-setting skills and reserve the time for yourself. We’re so proud you’re taking this significant step!