How to prevent burnout behind the chair this holiday season 🎁

In a post-pandemic climate where uncertainty reigns supreme and the effects of the past 18 months are still impacting our daily lives, it’s no surprise that beauty and wellness professionals across the globe are well and truly burnt out.


If you’ve ever felt burnt out at work, you know what it feels like. You become short with your loved ones, coworkers, and clients, and have difficulty concentrating or organising your thoughts. You love your job, but the prospect of coming into work can fill you with dread.

In the lead-up to the hectic holiday season, the emotional wellbeing of you and your coworkers should be a top consideration. To help you navigate the next few months, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you avoid burnout in the workplace, and start looking forward to the prospect of a new year full of opportunities.

1. Take time for yourself 

On a busy day when your clients are back to back and your chair is never empty, it can be easy to forget to take time to decompress and enjoy some time for yourself. But studies have shown that taking regular breaks and detaching from your work can increase energy levels and decrease exhaustion.  


“I always try to incorporate some type of self-care into my day,” says Self Salon owner Maria Barca. “I meditate, have tea, and enjoy a nice breakfast to provide me with enough energy to get through the day. I always tell myself that today is going to be a good day.”

Taking time to enjoy the little things will give you the motivation you need to take on the bigger challenges of the day.

2. Organise team socials

On a difficult day, it can be easy to forget why you chose to work in such a demanding, fast-paced industry. Social events outside of the workplace are a great way to bring your team together and remind them what salon culture is all about.


Create a bond with your coworkers that goes beyond your regular working hours and remind yourself why you love what you do.

3. Start taking online bookings

In an age where clients expect to be able to book their appointments in an instant, investing in an online booking system like Fresha allows your business to stay open 24/7 and your clients to book at their own convenience.


Continue taking bookings outside of your regular working hours and free up time away from the telephone that can be better spent on your clients and your own wellbeing.

4. Talk to your coworkers

A problem shared is a problem halved, and your coworkers are the perfect sounding board for any difficulties you’re having in the workplace. By putting your heads together, you can find a positive solution to any challenge the workplace throws at you.


“​​Communication is key for a successful holiday season. I like to prepare my staff by sending them an email or group text in advance about our busiest months and how we can work together as a team for a smooth day at the salon,” says Maria.

Start simplifying your workday with Fresha's market-leading booking software and spend more time on yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.

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