Beauty and wellness professionals, like you, are active every day. When you are used to a certain level of physical and social activity, confinement can be a real struggle.
This international health crisis is changing life as we know it, from work to your social life and everything else. So it is natural to feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious about the pandemic and the long-term effects of the coronavirus.
Nevertheless, these biological responses to the threat can be controlled. So let's start breaking down that anxiety!
While it is perfectly normal to feel anxious and stressed in the face of the uncertainty of this pandemic, recognize that it is a universal concern, and we are all in the same situation. Life has now changed, temporarily, and everyone must adapt to the new rules of daily life.
Accepting that social distancing is necessary to protect us is an effective way to reduce stress. Say to yourself, even out loud, that "it's not forever. Our "normal" lifestyle will return and we need to feel empowered by what we are able to do.
We all know that news, social networks or regular TV shows can be fun to browse for a while, but they can tire you out and maybe even emit negative emotions. To do this, you need to be more careful and use your screens in small, controlled doses.
Misinformation and rumours about the coronavirus seem to spread on social networks as quickly as the virus itself. None of this helps to relieve stress. They actually increase anxiety!
Choose your connection times instead of being subjected to a non-stop flood of information. Instead, try video chatting with friends and family, interact with people who give you energy (other passionate hairdressers and your best clients for example), share light news and funny images... You can even use social networks to communicate and boost your hair salon.
Since beauty professionals are usually very active throughout the day, sports may not be regular in their schedules. However, now that you're at home, it's important to find a way to activate your endorphins in order to deal with anxiety!
There are several applications and videos for training at home:
Online workouts are a great way to get your blood flowing.
You don't need a lot of space to do it, and no sophisticated equipment is required. If you're looking for a guided meditation, try browsing the Youtube videos to find one you like.
Examples of Youtube videos: Guided meditation, Meditation to calm anxiety... Otherwise, all you need to meditate is a quiet space where you can sit without interruption and allow your mind to empty itself by focusing only on your breathing.
Even if you are not a "yoga person", learning a few basic yoga postures can help you get back to your body when anxiety starts to pull you away from it. Some of the yoga postures are recommended for the relief of anxiety:
As much as possible, maintain your daily routine and normal activities:
ou can even cut the hair of your children/husbands, project yourself after the end of this period, think about projects for your hairdressing salon... Consider creating a beneficial routine that prioritizes your well-being and positive mental health.
A Chinese proverb says: "If you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap, if you want to be happy for a day, go fishing, if you want to be happy for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, help someone".
We all know people or organizations that may have difficulties during this period. Think about how you could help. Perhaps you could volunteer to run your neighbours' errands or start an online fundraiser for one of the local charities. Several Facebook self-help groups, such as "Coronavirus Entraide France" have been created to share different ideas for solidarity initiatives during the confinement.
We are all in the midst of an unprecedented situation and it may seem overwhelming. But every dark cloud has a silver lining and it's up to you to thicken that lining by taking care of yourself.