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3 Steps to Healing a Hairdresser's Hurry Sickness

In our modern, fast-paced world of beauty, the constant hustle and bustle often leaves us feeling overwhelmed and stressed, especially when we run behind on a partial highlight that somehow turned into a full. One phenomenon that has gained attention in recent years is "hurry sickness." This term describes the chronic state of rushing, impatience, and a constant need to do things quickly, leading to negative effects on both physical and mental well-being. In this blog post, we will explore what hurry sickness is, its effects on our health, and simple and effective ways to reduce stress and embrace a more balanced lifestyle.

Hurry sickness is a term coined to describe the relentless pace at which many individuals live their lives, constantly feeling the need to hurry and accomplish tasks quickly. This sense of urgency has become ingrained in our culture, fueled by technological advancements, societal expectations, and a never-ending to-do list. The consequences of this constant rush can be detrimental to our overall health and happiness.

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Physical Health Implications

  • Increased levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, can lead to various health issues, including cardiovascular problems, digestive issues, and weakened immune systems.

  • Chronic hurry can contribute to sleep disturbances, exacerbating fatigue and impacting our ability to recover.

Mental Health Impact

  • Constant rushing can lead to heightened anxiety levels, contributing to burnout, depression, and mental exhaustion.

  • Reduced attention spans and difficulty focusing on tasks, giving your all, or being effective in general.

Strained Relationships

  • Hurry sickness often results in people feeling disconnected from their surroundings and loved ones, because they're too preoccupied with the next task or deadline.

  • The worst of all for us beauty folks--your clients can feel it. Our clients come to us for pampering, relaxation, me-time, etc. They don't want to feel rushed, and a lot of the time it leaves them feeling like they're a burden. Not good.

Personally, I have been noticing everything above. In my own personal and work life, but also with those of my coworkers, my clients, and friends! Everybody is feeling tired and burnt out right now--it permeates everything!

SO, here's what I've been doing lately in order to knock myself out of the hurry-loop I often find myself in.

Mindful Practices

Incorporating mindfulness techniques into my daily routine has probably been the biggest help. I personally meditate, practice deep breathing, and journal after waking up, and sometimes throughout the day.

But there are a lot of other things that will accomplish that mindfulness, such as stretching, a 5 senses exercise, spending intentional time with your family or friends, etc. Anything that keeps you in the moment as it passes, not thinking ahead or behind.

Prioritize and Delegate

Identify tasks that are truly important and focus on completing them first. Delegate responsibilities when possible, and recognize that it's okay to ask for help!!

If needed, break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable goals. This helps to make big things more achievable, and reduces the pressure of a lingering "significant undertaking".

And if you find that doesn't work, learn the power of saying NO! Setting boundaries helps prevent overbooking, doing work you don't want to do, and a whole lot of stress and misery.

Take Screen Breaks

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Idk about you, but I've turned my Screen Time notifications off. I don't want to see how many hours I've been on my phone per day this week, thank you; I already know it's too much.

An extreme route is deleting all social media, but as hair people we can't exactly do that, since Instagram is our main source of marketing these days.

My recommendations: Setting "On/Off" hours, decreasing your screen time little by little until it's at a healthy spot, and getting into a hobby that brings/once brought you joy to distract you from your phone.

My On (responsive) hours are 10-6, I'm working on a 10% decrease in screen time per week, and I've gotten a Kindle so I can read while my clients process instead of doom scrolling. I'm also getting back into writing and crafting, which helps with just about every aspect of stress reduction.

In Conclusion,

Hurry sickness is a prevalent issue in today's society, but it's essential to recognize its negative impact on our well-being. By adopting mindful practices, setting realistic goals, and prioritizing self-care, we can break free from the cycle of constant rush and embrace a more balanced, fulfilling lifestyle. Your body, your heart, your loved ones, and your clients will thank you for it.

Til next time!

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