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As a spa owner or employee, you’re constantly taking care of others and helping them prioritize their health and happiness. It can be extremely easy to lose sight of your own wellness while delivering services and treatments to others. If you’re not making yourself a priority, you can experience ‘spa burnout’ firsthand. It’s vital to have a healthy mind and body. Not only will you feel and look your best, but you’ll be way more effective at your job when you’re refreshed and passionate about what you’re doing.
Here are ten tips to stay happy and healthy as a spa employee:
1) Hand Over the Phone
Sometimes technology and our smartphones can run our lives. A great way to avoid spa burnout is by turning off your phone for twenty-four hours, or set a shut of time at night. If you’re concerned about safety or getting a call for an emergency, consider disconnecting the internet and social media apps. Author Ramez of Sasson of Success Consciousness, encourages people to ask the question, “who’s the boss, you or your phone?”.
2) Make A Move
Chances are, you already know that getting thirty minutes of exercise a day can work wonders for your health. Sometimes we need a little nudge or reminder. Regular exercise combats weight gain, boosts energy, helps you live longer, improves mood, and combats numerous health conditions.
3) Talk It Out
It’s easy to feel like you’re in a bubble when you’re working long hours at the spa. Instead of keeping your concerns or experiences to yourself, talk to a friend about them. When discussing struggles, pick someone to confide in that is outside the office. This way, they can offer you sound, unbiased advice and can also be a sounding board for new ideas.
4) Manage Up
A lot of business magazines talk about “managing up.” What is this interesting concept? Managing up basically means forming an effective relationship with those above you. According to The Wall Street Journal, you can manage up by getting to know your manager and learning their business style. You can also keep your boss informed on work happenings, jump in when needed, and do quality work.
5) Get a Life (Outside the Spa)
One of the best ways to prevent spa burnout is to get a life outside of the spa. If you have activities that keep your attention and keep you engaged with the world outside of work, you’ll be less likely to get tired of your profession. Real Simple Magazine explains, “if your identity is solely based on your work, you’re at high-risk for burnout.” Sign up for a volleyball team, learn a new language, or make an effort to see friends.
6) Take Small Breaks
A new study referenced by HealthDay News suggests that “office workers who take short, frequent breaks during the workday have more stamina and fewer aches and pains when they return to work.” There is a time to have unbroken concentration at work and then there is a time to take a small break. By taking a mid-morning break and then an afternoon break you may find that you have more energy, can concentrate more, and have less headaches. When your schedule allows, get some fresh air, have a healthy snack or do some deep breathing exercises.
7) Don’t Make Excuses
If you’re struggling with something at work, take responsibility. You will lose your happiness if you’re constantly making up excuses to yourself and others as to why your work is subpar. Once you stop making excuses, you free yourself up to improve and grow as a spa employee.
8) Set Aside Time for Yourself
Make an appointment that you don’t deviate from once a week (or more) to treat yourself. Whether you’re taking time to read your favorite book or taking a bubble bath, it’s important to have “you time.” PsychCentral puts it this way, “It can be as simple as taking a brisk five-minute walk to the mailbox and back, grabbing your favorite cup of coffee or allowing one entire hour of uninterrupted time to just be.”
9) Seek Out Help
Sometimes you can experience spa burnout by trying to do everything yourself. If there’s an area in which you could use some extra help, ask for it! Seeking out help isn’t a form of weakness. By asking for additional assistance, you are finding a solution to a problem sooner rather than later.
10) Learn How to Manage Stress Your Way
Managing stress is different for everyone. Your coworker may be able to run on the treadmill and feel stress-free for a week. You may need to practice breathing techniques and get creative with adult coloring books. Whatever helps you manage your stress best should be practiced on a regular basis.
Always take time for yourself so you feel good; this will directly reflect in your work and with your clients.