Lash Artist- the patience of a saint, ears of a therapist, eyes of an artist, hands of a surgeon.
Day-to-day we are here to empower others, to give them more confidence and self-esteem. We try our hardest to make our clients smile when they look in the mirror after creating the most magical lash sets. We know the ins and outs of our clients' love lives, happy and sad times, problems and successes. We absorb it all and we most definitely wouldn’t have it in any other way but at the same time how can we look after ourselves as well and keep it all going?
In our day to day lives who can honestly say that they have it all together and that they are amazing at balancing it all?
Keeping your career and personal life perfectly flowing, so you can always give your absolute best and so you don’t miss out on Saturday morning brunches with your girls, because you needed to squeeze in one more client, is a full-time job on its own.
It is so easy to fall into the trap with the clients, adding another one to your schedule here and there, I mean think about the extra money! But, is it all worth it and can it have a serious effect on your life?
Having lots of clients and new appointment requests can be so exciting and you should take it as a massive compliment.
But knowing when to say no and recognising the signs of overworking and burnout is so important for our physical and mental health.
I am not going to pretend to have it all together, absolutely not. I still remember the 12 hour back-to-back lashing days, trying to squeeze every possible person in, working sometimes 7 days a week with no breaks, and fuelling my body with just a coffee. And surprise, surprise it all led to resenting something that I absolutely loved to do and almost ending my lash career. I then took a step back, took some time off and reevaluated the whole situation. My clients had to wait.
When I started back doing lashes I was happier than ever. Why? Because I respected myself enough to follow the rules I put in place for myself and I made sure me and my clients both followed them. And it made a huge difference in my life.
Here’s what I did-
- Recognise the signs- starting to feel resentful toward something that you love to do and towards your career can be the first sign of burnout. When small day to day tasks become too overwhelming and you feel the loss of motivation it is time to take some time off and re-evaluate the situation. Set some rules and stick to them!
- Organise your days- schedule everything, from waking up in the morning until going to bed at night. Schedule your coffee breaks, food breaks, stretching breaks, quick walk break etc. No clients are allowed to book in your break time! Having it all written out and actually sticking to it will have a massive impact and life can seem a bit less overwhelming.
- Make time for yourself- take time to unwind. Have a proper evening routine where emails, text messages and social media is not present. They can all wait. They can actually wait till the next morning. Give your brain and body time to relax. Read a book, don’t rush anything, take a bath, cook yourself a meal that you really enjoy and just be. Do things that you love. Having that time will make you feel re-energised and excited to go to work the next day.
- Have set working hours and days- yes it's easy to squeeze clients in and yes we can think about the extra money that we are potentially making. But is it all worth it? No. If clients want to come to you for a treatment then they need to fit around your working days and hours. Not the other way around. Learn to say no. Work smarter not harder. If your days are filled with clients and there’s no room for new ones, it's time to raise your prices. Know your worth and set your boundaries. That way you’ll be left with clients who appreciate and respect your time, work and rules. Perfect!
- Look after yourself- you can’t take good care of your clients if you don’t look after yourself. It is so important to stay hydrated at all times and don’t replace your meals with coffee or chocolate. Take time to meal prep and get enough quality sleep at night. Schedule a little 30 min walk in the middle of your day if you can, stretch out your body and clear your mind. Listen to a podcast, audiobook or just music.
- Take time off! -go on a holiday or take a little weekend trip away and enjoy life! Your clients can wait and they will wait. Don’t feel guilty for taking the time to re-energise yourself and just spend it with your friends and family. That’s what life is about!
Finding harmony between your personal life and lash life is the biggest goal!
I hope taking these steps above will help you to get closer to a happier and balanced lash life!
Lots of love,