During these unprecedented times, salon owners and stylists have experienced the uncertainty of lockdown, the joy of reuniting with clients and the stress of adhering to new safety guidelines—along with a rollercoaster of every other emotion.
Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, shared four methods for regaining focus during the last episode of “Cabin Fever with Andrew Carruthers–Regaining Focus.”
Carruthers stated, “With so many things out of our control these days, it’s important to find a sense of direction to center your nervous system. To do that, you have to find something that you actually have control over so you can refocus your sense of balance and ground yourself.”
Carruthers’ life coach, Lyn Christian of SoulSalt, introduced him to the following ways of addressing a cluttered mind.
- Mind mapping: Apps like Simple Mind can help to analyze and structure thoughts to develop a sense of organization and control.
- Prioritize tasks: Identify tasks as either “urgent,” “important” and “important later” to better manage time and productivity.
- Self-care: Schedule mind, body and spirit rituals to promote health, balance and mental well-being.
- To-do list: Create a daily to-do list and manage it on an app such as Trello to identify what needs to be done, what is being done and what is has been done.
Carruthers added, “When you feel out of control, it’s hard to slow down to organize and mind map, but it’s important to recognize that if you do take that extra time, you will be more efficient, more productive and you will be more focused on the current task at hand.”