The Dreaded Beauty Pro Burnout—What to do when you're feeling burnt out.
Beauty is a tough job. Not only are you consistently working with people (who, let’s face it, can be pretty frustrating sometimes), are always on your feet, and constantly having to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest, but you’re also attempting to balance your artistic passion with crafting a successful career – the stress of all those things along (let alone combining them) can create stylist burn out faster than you can do a blowout.
It all seems inevitable, doesn’t it?
We’ve got good news – it doesn’t have to be,
If you love the beauty industry and want nothing more than to stay on fire for your career, there are a few simple, but effective, tips and tricks that can help keep you passionate, on-the-ball, and in love with what you do!
Even better news, we’ve got them all right here for you. So, kick back, grab yourself a mimosa, and get to reading!
We want nothing more than to keep you on top of your love for the artistic, stressful, but oh-so-rewarding, beauty industry.
1. Recognize Burnout Before It Happens
One of the key ways to combat beauty pro burnout is to be aware of the warning signs. Whether it’s an impending, overwhelming feeling, a dull complacency, or even full-blown panic attacks, it’s possible that anyone can fall victim to the dreaded burnout.
It’s important to take a moment every day and ask yourself a series of question in order to stay on top of how you’re feeling.
Think of these as little progress check-ins every day. You’d check in with your clients to make sure they’re doing okay, wouldn’t you?
So, why wouldn’t you check in with yourself?
Ask yourself if you’re feeling a lack of motivation, stress, fatigue, complacency, or depression.
Are your worn down, always tired, or feeling extra stressed? These can be the first, most subtle signs of a burnout, and they can be easily combatted.
Take a break, breathe deep, and ask yourself how you can ease your stress, balance your life, and slow down just enough to make your day (or your schedule) a little less constricting.
2. Read, Rest, Recuperate – Do What it Takes to Relax
Giving yourself a break is going to be one the biggest ways that you can help combat the "beauty pro burnout", and there are millions of different strategies, techniques, and ideas that can help you accomplish this.
It’s important to remember that everyone is different, so what may work for your other beauty industry friends might not be the saving grace for you.
If your beauty industry pals recharge by taking a week off work – that’s awesome!
But, it might not be for you.
Maybe you need the chance to sit down on the beach somewhere for a day or so and read that motivating book you’ve been dying to finish.
Maybe you need to boost your exercise regimen.
Maybe you even need to take a day or two for complete solace and give yourself a little TLC and R&R.
No matter what it is, make sure you’re taking time to give yourself a break.
Breathe deep and ensure that you’re getting outside, having fun, and laughing a little – remember, it never hurt to crack a smile, so do something that makes you happy!
3. Mix it Up a Little
Try doing something a little different, be spontaneous, be wild, do something new!
Seek out knowledge, learn a new skill, regain your passion with a little competitive spirit, and don’t be afraid to open your mind to new and exciting opportunities! Beauty expos have a magic way of reigniting this spark, so stay on top of what is coming up that you can attend.
We don’t mean you need to run off to Vegas and do something wild, we just mean do something that’s not necessarily in your day to day routine.
Go to the zoo, enjoy time with your family, take a daytrip to the spot, and be a little selfish once in a while.
Most importantly, have yourself a blast.
You’ll be at your best and ready to accomplish your goals and dreams when you’re feeling your most relaxed and refreshed, so spice up your life and give yourself the chance to explore your options – your clients will be glad to see you happy, and you’ll be glad to see you happy, too.
4. Remember that Balance is a Life Saver
Keeping balanced is one of the hardest parts of maintaining a career and honing your creative passion all at the same time, but in order to be successful, happy, and being your best you, ensuring that you’re balanced (in all aspects of life) should be your main focal point.
For example, first try to implement balance by creating a schedule that helps keep you poised for success, achievement, and health.
Ensure you’re never working too much and that you’re never relaxing too much, either.
Free time can help you deal with client stress, personal pressure, and even more remedies.
Don’t overbook, make time for your other interests, and make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise and rest – these are going to be key for keeping you fresh!
The more tired and imbalanced you are, the more apt you are to make mistakes and enjoy your job less, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Balance is going to matter when it comes to keeping your passion and creative spirit alive, too.
Sure, you need to schedule clients that pay the bills – but don’t forget to get creative, and have tons of fun!
Remember, this is your passion, after all.
If you bog yourself down with too much business, you’ll probably take on a very “all work and no play makes jack a very dull boy” attitude, and that’s the last thing you need!