We get it, running a beauty business is stressful. While you’re juggling your many work hats of beauty therapist, receptionist, marketing expert, customer service advisor, accountant and so much more, not to mention everything else in your life, you need to remember to look after yourself, too.
Stress can creep up on you. If you don’t acknowledge those early signs, it could lead to burn out. Signs of stress include:
- Tiredness and/or trouble sleeping
- Anxiety about going into work
- Loss of or increased appetite
- Lack of self-confidence
Sound familiar? As April is #StressAwarenessMonth, we wanted to share some simple tips to help reduce your work-related stresses and maintain a healthier work-life balance.
Take your lunch break
When you’re trying to squeeze in clients who are desperate for an appointment, it’s easy to sacrifice your lunch break for an appointment slot. This is your reminder to take that break! Not only do you need to make sure you’ve got the time to eat a meal, but you need to have time for yourself in the day.
Focus on the task at hand
When you’re performing treatments, especially ones you’re very experienced in, it’s easy to let your mind wander. However, letting any work stresses or personal problems creep into your mind can distract you and impact your results.
Use treatments as a time to forget about all your other worries and focus solely on your client and the task in hand. If you struggle to take your mind off worries, try some meditation or mindfulness techniques.
Have a to do list
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re drowning in unfinished jobs. At the very end of your working week, write a list of tasks that need to be completed in the next week. Be realistic with your workload and your deadlines to ensure that it’s actually achievable.
Where possible, look at automated systems to help take some pressure off you and free up your time from working on those boring admin tasks such as scheduling appointments and book-keeping.
Get some fresh air
Feeling overwhelmed? Use your lunch break to step outside and go for a little walk. It sounds like something very simple, but it’s amazing what some fresh air can do for your mind.
Set clear boundaries with your working hours
Just like any job, you need to have set working hours to ensure that you’re not over-working yourself. Decide on your start time, end time and break times, factoring in all the extra jobs you have to do outside of appointment times too.
Responding to clients should also be included in your set working hours. Try setting up automated responses on your emails and social media inbox outlining your working hours and an expected response time so you don’t feel the pressure to reply to every message straight away.
Communicate with co-workers
If you’re lucky enough to have co-workers, be open and honest with them. If you’re taking on too much, speak to your team members to see if anyone can help share the burden with you.
If you’re self-employed, there’s no need to feel alone. Look for online communities where you can chat with fellow beauticians. Here at HD Brows, we have a private Facebook group for our Stylists where they can ask questions, chat or even just have a rant after a stressful day. They’re never alone with the community of thousands of #BrowBosses at their fingertips.
Whether it’s something big like a holiday or something as small as a cup of tea (or your favourite comfort drink) at the same time every afternoon, give yourself little treats to have something to look forward to.
How do you deal with stress in salon? Share your tips below with fellow beauty bosses.