Overcoming Burnout for Cosmetologists & Barbers

Originally printed by Jon Gonzales on Texas Stylist

Building and growing a hairdressing career or owning a salon/spa can be daunting. Balancing your personal, professional and financial devel- opment can cause a series of peaks and balances which can easily lead to feeling a major burnout.

In trying to seek a better life for ourselves and our families, we sometimes run into roadblocks or just suffer from burnout from time to time. Own- ing your own salon can be extremely challenging. Some handle burnout better than others, but everyone will need to meet the challenge of over- coming burnout for their salon to succeed.

The following guidelines will help you renew your passion and continue overcoming burnout.

Read a Motivational Book — or just a good book for a change of pace. Reading educational books was always a great way to build self confi- dence for me. I firmly believe the more you learn the more you earn. Whether you read motiva- tional, educational books, self-help books or just a good novel, giving your brain a break through reading will help you combat burnout.

Exercise — go for a bike ride or take a nice long walk. Exercise will give you the fuel and en- ergy we all need in helping overcome the many anxieties of life. Jogging is exhilarating and gives you a chance to get outside and inhale some fresh air before getting back to work. Eat Healthy — good health begins

with a healthy diet. When you’re under stress, many people take refuge in eating either too much or eating bad food. When you look good and feel good about yourself, you’ll regain your passion for self improvement. Without good health, all your hard work and success will be for nothing. You have to take care of yourself.

Go to a Movie — do something a little different or out of the ordinary. Maybe a good play or concert will help you get your mind off work. I love the movies, and recommend going to see something fun to help with your day.

Enjoy Your Family— if you’re a mother or a father, take your kids to the zoo or on a picnic. Your challenge is to find a balance between work and family.

Spoil Yourself — maybe a soothing massage or facial, or a day all to yourself for meditation and relaxation.

Get Away — whether by yourself or with a loved one, perhaps an overnight stay at a popular resort. Plan a weekend vacation, leave on Fri-
day and come home Sunday afternoon. A little change in scenery helps a lot when it comes to overcoming burnout and stress.

Following these guidelines will help you de- velop your own self management system that will help you overcome and meet the heavy challeng- es of your job, your personal life and your finan- cial future. Burnout from time to time is merely a signal you need to take a break. Just like your customers who are coming in to feel good, make sure you take care of yourself in order to continue to succeed, both personally and professionally.

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