It’s tough out there right now. So Most Wanted award winners Not Another Salon have decided to share a helpful guide for hairdressers on managing stress and worry during COVID-19
Oh 2021, we had such high hopes. But with further lockdowns and uncertainty hanging over our industry, you don’t need us to tell you that hairdressers across the UK are feeling the strain.
“What is happening right now across the world is an absolute shit show,” says Not Another Salon founder and boss, Sophia Hilton, “so, it’s totally understandable that many of us are struggling to keep it together. Now, more than ever, it is important to take care of our minds and bodies.”
With business suspended and government advice regarding a re-opening timescale remaining vague, it can feel like we have very little control over our situation at the moment. “It is understandable that this outbreak brings with it a roller coaster of mixed emotions, as well as many new challenges and concerns,” explains Sophia. “Your life has changed more than you could have ever imagined.”
That’s why – with the help of a certified cognitive behavioural therapist – Sophia has put together an invaluable guide for hair professionals, designed to help you keep a handle on stress levels and to help you cope if you begin to feel overwhelmed. And she’s kindly given us a copy to distribute for free with you, our readers.
“You may be feeling scared, worrying a lot more than usual, feeling stressed, low or anxious,” adds Sophia. “In real terms this might look like biting the head off your partner, shouting at your kids a bit more than you’d like, crying, feeling hopeless or angry. Emotions like these are all normal and to be expected – we are human.”
“The first thing you need to do is give yourself a break,” she explains. “Get your ass off Instagram and stop looking at everyone who looks like they are ‘smashing it’ – we have been around social media for long enough to know it’s bollocks. Everyone is dealing with something.”
Covering everything from ideas to boost your wellbeing, ways to stay connected, breathing techniques to calm nerves and pointers on preparing for return to work, click below to access the full guide, designed to help you take some control back during such uncertain times.
To view the guide in full, click here.