Running your own beauty, health, or wellness business is a dream come true, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful. Being an entrepreneur on top of delivering stellar services to your clients makes a lot of demands on you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

You spend so much time juggling these demands and taking care of other people, you sometimes forget to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, that leaves you vulnerable to burnout—a state of exhaustion and frustration that can permeate your body, mind, soul, and life. Hit this wall, and your happiness and your salon, studio, or spa are bound to suffer.

It’s so important for health, wellness, and beauty business owners to watch out for the warning signs of burnout, and to take essential steps to prevent it.

Warning Signs of Burnout

Some of the most common indications that you’re starting to burn out—or possibly already there—include:

  • Procrastinating business-related tasks
  • Loss of motivation
  • Caring less about doing a great job
  • Dreading work
  • Thinking excessively of leaving work while you’re there
  • Fantasizing about quitting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Feeling detached, frustrated, or anxious
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Neglecting self-care
  • Chronic headaches or generalized aches
  • Chronic tension
  • Loss of appetite or binge eating
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Negativity or cynicism

How to Prevent Burnout (Or Reverse It)

Lots of different steps and strategies can help prevent and cure professional burnout. Everyone has to figure out which ones best address their own specific issues. Here are some tips for beauty, wellness, and health professionals who own their own salon, studio, or spa:

 

  • Always focus on maintaining a healthy work-life balance
  • Get six to nine hours of sleep every night
  • Get some physical activity every day
  • Spend some time outside every day
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet consisting mostly of whole foods
  • Use stress-management techniques like meditation, deep breathing,visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga every day
  • Work on improving how you manage your time
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Learn to say “no” when you need to
  • Don’t get sucked into negativity by clients
  • Remind yourself frequently of the gratitude and complements you get from clients
  • Remind yourself frequently of how you improve your clients’ lives
  • Always take real breaks during the day
  • Don’t work seven days per week
  • Reward yourself after a successful week and when you meet business goals
  • Nourish your creative side regularly with a hobby and/or by participating in arts and culture activities
  • Laugh more by hanging out with your funniest friends, listening to stand-up comedy, watching your favorite funny shows, etc.
  • Hang out with upbeat, supportive friends, family, and colleagues
  • Volunteer for a cause you care about (combine this with the above to make these tips easier to fit into your schedule)
  • Find time for occasional day trips, weekend getaways, and vacations

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