Mental Health Awareness
Seven Ways to Strike a Better Work Life Balance as a Hairdresser
A question as old as time: how do I achieve the perfect work-life balance? The working hours of a hairdresser are often inconsistent and unsociable, but it’s important to make time for those activities that keep you from burning out.
As part of HJ’s Mental Health Awareness Week, HJ shares seven ways for you to strike a better work-life balance both in and out of the salon.
Seven Ways to Strike a Better Work-Life Balance In and Out of the Salon
1. Create boundaries
Hairdresser and trained therapist, Hayley Jepson
said it’s important to create boundaries between your work and home life. She explained that if you reply to a client’s Instagram message at 10 pm, that client will message you at that time again. You need to value your personal time and acknowledge that even responding to a quick message is still ‘work’.
2. Learn to say no
Another piece of vital advice shared by Hayley Jepson is learning to say no to clients. She explained that hairdressers by their very nature are people pleasers but you don’t need to say yes to an appointment on your day off or after your shift has finished. You can say no without needing an explanation and suggest an alternative that will work for you and your schedule.
3. It’s good to talk
Mental health, self-care and wellness are embedded into the ethos at Mewies & Co and something owner and Authentic Beauty Concept brand ambassador Dan Mewies is really championing. His salon team has hosted a number of team mental health workshops
which has been a great opportunity to talk about mental health, understand each other’s personal and work pressures and equip everyone with helpful coping mechanisms.
A revived open-door policy and supporting each other means we can take control of our own wellbeing and work/life balance.
However, voicing your emotions doesn’t have to stop at the salon door. Friends, family, partners and even ex-colleagues can provide a safe space for venting. The moment you let an emotion stir inside of you for fear of sharing it, you give the emotion far more power than it truly has!
4. Build downtime into your schedule
Dan is a salon owner who firmly believes in making sure his team take that hour’s lunch break. Dan says seeing friends or scheduling activities that make you recharge means you will have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well.
Hayley agrees and suggests scheduling ‘do nothing’ into your diary after what you know will be a busy day or few weeks. If you see the downtime written in the diary it means you will stick to it and won’t say yes to something that will be too much for you.
However, try not to make a habit of spending all of your free time lazing. Although this can seem attractive at the time (and we definitely all need a lazy weekend to reboot every now and then), it’s important to see friends and spend time in fresh air after being in the salon all week!
5. Exercise regularly
Dan says when you have a lot on it’s easy to let exercise slip but it’s beneficial on so many levels along with staying hydrated. Not only can it alleviate stress but it can also boost your energy levels, self-esteem and ability to concentrate.
6. Practice self-care
A little relaxation goes a long way. Dan explains whether it’s taking a yoga class, picking up a book or listening to your favourite music, making time for things that you enjoy will result in a better salon-work/life balance. Don’t fall into the trap of adapting standard self-care remedies as your own. The takeaway? Find the things YOU really enjoy doing!
7. Don’t feel guilty
Finally, the secret to having a work-life balance, explains Hayley, is to not be afraid to prioritise yourself and your own mental wellbeing. She points out that when you get on an aeroplane the safety advice in an emergency is to put on your own life jacket first. By giving yourself a good work-life balance you are ensuring your mental wellbeing is a priority and you will be able to bring your best self to the salon.
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