Salon owner and busy stylist Ria Kulik shares top tips on looking out for yourself during the Christmas season
As the countdown to the big day begins, stress creeps in without warning and time management feels like a thing of the past. Juggling busy days, workload and finding time to socialise with friends and family seems an inevitable part of the Christmas period, though while the financial return may be great, your mental and physical health can take a battering. Stylist and owner of The HairBank in Urmston, Manchester, Ria Kulik believes it’s important to recognise the symptoms of burnout before it’s too late – this is valuable for yourself and for your team.
“When you start clock-watching, sleeping but waking up exhausted, wondering when you will enjoy your job again and becoming easily irritated, you know you are stressed,” says Ria. “I’ve been in the same position, your brain feels like it’s about to burst, and it can’t cope with any more questions, problem solving or decision making.
Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to stop feeling overwhelmed. It’s meant to be a time of frivolity and fun, so let’s not allow burnout take over!”
Steps to take to avoid feeling overwhelmed
If you care for yourself first, then you will be able to care for your clients better. If you think you are burnt out, then today is the day you put yourself first.
Set professional boundaries
Pick how many hours you are going to work and stick to them, you can’t be accommodating to everyone, and it will encourage clients to become more organised which will help you feel in control.
Enjoy the little things in life
Book some down time away from work. Whether it’s seeing friends and family or going to your favourite spa for the day, switch off and enjoy life.
Three top tips for avoiding burnout
- Turn your phone off or put it away on your days off
- Make sure you laugh at least once a day. It releases natural, happy endorphins that will help you feel better and connect you back to your old self
- Reconnect with friends and family and spend some quality time together. This will help ground you back down to earth and help you see what really matters in this life
Ria outlines what to look out for in your team
Exhaustion – no matter how much time you give them to relax, they don’t or can’t relax.
Feeling overwhelmed – little things start becoming big problems for them to handle.
Stress – increased stress levels over minor things.
Anxiety – suffering more with controlling their mental health.
Unenthusiastic – becoming resentful of their job and losing their passion for hair.