[Updated] Beauty business owners: 9 resources to help you manage your mental health
The daily struggles you face as a business owner – during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond – can have a real impact on both your physical and mental health, which is why you need to put measures in place to protect your wellbeing.
Therefore, it’s imperative to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as sending your beauty therapist team access to online tools that can help them manage stress, anxiety and fear, especially if they already have underlying mental health issues.
“We are very giving as an industry – we lend our ears to up to 10–15 clients per day, and we’re touching and absorbing their energy all day, every day. We just take on everybody’s stuff, so we need to make sure we’re looking after ourselves as well,” says Tom Chapman, creator of award-winning mental health training Barber Talk and founder of the Collective Pride Awards.
Tammy Koslowski, founder of Naf! Salon in Glasgow, agrees: “We work in the business of people – the services we provide are looking after people every day. They come to our space to feel good about themselves and take some time out for themselves, but it’s important for us as salon owners and employees to make sure we’re looking after ourselves so we can look after our clients without it feeling like a burden.”
We share some helpful resources that can help improve you and your team’s mental health and wellbeing.
Nine resources to help beauty business owners stay mentally healthy:
1. Start the “Five steps to mental wellbeing”
The NHS states on its website that there are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing – things that could help you feel more positive, and Chapman recommends trying it.
“It’s basically a way of making sure we look after ourselves physically and mentally. It focuses on things like connecting with others – however you like to do that, such as social media, going out with friends, or gaming online – just so that you connect with other people,” he says.
“Giving to others can help too as giving makes you feel good, and this doesn’t even need to be a gift. I urge everyone to give someone a text to let them know how much you care about them. It will make a huge difference to that person’s day.”
Check out Chapman’s advice on how beauty professionals can ensure their mental wellbeing in our Instagram Live.
2. World Health Organization resources
The World Health Organization is championing good mental health with an array of resources and activities that provide help for those struggling.
As well as guides on how to manage stress and look after your mental health, the organisation also has vital information on depression, suicide, anxiety, and fear, and who to turn to for support.
The organisation says, "in cases if mental distress, the first step is to talk to someone you trust."
3. Mind’s mental health checklist
Mental health charity Mind has a suite of free tools available to boost your wellbeing during this time of duress. It is also advising those struggling with their mental health minimise the number of news alerts they get or limit their daily screen time if the stories are making you feel anxious or confused.
Although it’s important to stay connected with events, the charity advises getting your news and health information from trusted sources, such as the NHS and Gov UK. It may also be worth cutting down your social media use to avoid being spammed with fake news, which can heighten anxiety.
4. Virtual therapy apps
There are an array of affordable virtual therapy apps available online that enable you to chat with professional counsellors virtually. TalkSpace is one such app, where you can talk to a therapist about your concerns. Find out more about TalkSpace.
Vulnerable people can also access free online emotional support via The Help Hub. You can book a 15-to-20-minute session guided by a qualified therapist, who will give support to deal with the knock-on effects of anxiety and loneliness during social distancing.
5. Meditation tools
Wellness app Calm has curated content to help stressed-out and anxious business owners boost their mental and emotional wellness. The tools include soothing meditations, sleep meditations, sleep stories, calm music, and visualisation and breathing exercises.
“Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of Covid-19. We’re feeling it too, and we wanted to share some of the tools we’re using to take care of our minds and stay grounded,” the brand said on its website.
Access Calm’s wellness resources.
6. GWI Positively Well
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) launched its Positively Well campaign last year to encourage members of the beauty and spa industries to “replace fear with a focus on wellness”.
This is a space where you can find articles on how being positive can lead to better health outcomes, as well as trusted resources on what’s going on. There are also tons of advice available on reducing stress and boosting your immune system.
7. Mental wellbeing audio guides
The NHS also has an array of mental wellbeing audio guides to help boost your mood during this tough time. You can listen to them privately or play them out loud in your household to help your family manage their anxiety.
The guides, which each range between six and 10 minutes, cover anxiety control training, sleep problems, unhelpful thinking and how to tackle low mood, sadness, and depression. It’s worth adding one of these into your daily ritual.
8. Salonology The Pursuit of Positivity routine
Beauty coaching brand Salonology has created a six-step The Pursuit of Positivity routine to help you deal with what’s happening day-by-day. The six principles of this are:
- Control – in a situation we have little control over, identify how in-control you are in your business planning and at home. Take steps to reach out to clients, make plans for what you want to achieve and create a timetable to structure your days.
- Gratitude – appreciate the small things and write them down.
- Smile – find happiness in your day. Make virtual contact with people that make you laugh and feel good.
- Productivity – try to accomplish something new every day, for example, writing down five ideas to help your business in the future. Being productive will make each day feel rewarding.
- Inspiration – be inspired by the positive community sprit this crisis has created. Find something every day that makes you feel inspired, such as a story or a quote for instance.
- Self-love – choose one thing you love about you today and acknowledge yourself.
Are there any mental health tools and techniques that you’re using? Please share them by commenting below.