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Have you ever felt emotionally dumped on?
Or had a physical health issue like chronic headaches that your doctor said was due to stress?
I know most of you got into this profession because you love what you do. You are passionate and love making people look and feel better. You love to push your creativity to the limit.
I also know that most of you would say you played the role of a therapist and feel emotionally exhausted at times. I can confidently say that most of you don’t have time to eat lunch, take a break, let alone go to the bathroom. More than ever, it is important that you start taking care of yourself emotionally and physically so you can prevent burnout from taking over.
Example: Disinfecting before, after and in between every client. Having clients wear a mask throughout their service and making them wait in the car for their service instead of having a waiting room.
Example: Not responding to any messages outside of work hours, taking two 15 minute breaks each day, not scheduling more than a set number of clients within a day or week, turning on social media and phone alarms so you do not check your platforms or email to keep a work/life balance.
Example: Take a walk before work each day, treat yourself to your favorite coffee place once a week, try a different walking trail each week, try a new healthy recipe every week, book your favorite beauty treatment once a month to have to look forward to.
Example: Not wanting to get out of bed, getting sick more often, forgetfulness, isolating from others, an increase of headaches.
Example: Go through your social media and see if they give you joy with their posts or if you scroll on by because of negativity or political feeds. If they bring negativity, hide their posts or simply unfollow. Consider groups you are a part of and what types of activities give you energy. Try scheduling a time to try this activity or schedule a class like yoga or Zumba as I can guarantee it will make you feel energized and more optimistic.
You may feel like you have a good handle over your emotions and as badly as you want to get back to work again, remember that burnout can creep up on you when you least expect it. The more we can be aware and actually put a plan in place to change habits, the better you can preserve the best version of yourself.