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Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: How to Help Your Clients (and Yourself) Find Calm


Hey there, amazing hairstylists! Today, we’re going to chat about something we all experience—stress. But did you know that not all stress is bad? That’s right, there’s good stress and bad stress, and understanding the difference can make a world of difference for both you and your clients. So, let’s dive into the science behind stress, how our bodies react to it, and what we can do to keep the bad stress at bay.


The Science Behind Stress: Good vs. Bad


Good Stress(Eustress): This is the kind of stress that motivates and energizes us. Think of the excitement before a big event, the thrill of meeting a new challenge, or the burst of creativity under a deadline. Good stress can boost our performance, sharpen our focus, and even improve our overall well-being.


Bad Stress (Distress): This is the stress that overwhelms us, leading to anxiety, burnout, and health problems. Bad stress occurs when we feel threatened or unable to cope with demands. It can cause physical symptoms like headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue, as well as emotional symptoms like irritability and sadness.


When we experience stress, our bodies release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. In short bursts, these hormones can be beneficial, helping us react quickly and effectively. However, prolonged exposure to bad stress can lead to chronic health issues, impacting everything from our heart health to our hair health.


Small Steps to Combat Bad Stress

When we start to feel bad stress coming on, it’s important to have strategies in place to manage it. Here are some small steps you can take, and share with your clients, to keep stress levels in check:


Take Deep Breaths: Simple yet effective, deep breathing can help calm your nervous system and reduce stress. Encourage clients to take a few minutes each day to practice deep breathing exercises.


Move Your Body: Physical activity is a fantastic stress reliever. Whether it’s a quick walk around the block, a yoga session, or dancing to your favorite song, getting your body moving can help clear your mind.


Find Your Calm: Help your clients identify activities that bring them peace and joy. This could be anything from reading a book, gardening, or even coloring in an adult coloring book.


A Personal Story: The Coloring Book Revelation


I once had a client who was really struggling with stress. She couldn’t figure out what would help her unwind and feel calm. During one of our conversations, she mentioned that she used to love coloring in adult coloring books but had stopped for some reason. I encouraged her to pick one up that very day and start the ritual again. She did, and it made a huge difference! She found that taking a few minutes to color each day helped her relax and reset.


The Importance of Daily Stress Relief

Life is full of everyday stressors that we can’t eliminate. That’s why it’s so important to incorporate daily stress-relief activities. Whether it’s a few minutes of meditation, a hobby you love, or simply taking a break to enjoy a cup of tea, these small moments can make a big difference.


For me, writing this blog gives me a sense of gratitude because I know it can help hairstylists like you navigate the challenges of stress. So, what will you do? How will you help your clients find their calm and keep bad stress at bay?


Remember, as hairstylists, you’re not just helping clients look good—you’re helping them feel good too. By understanding the difference between good and bad stress, and sharing strategies to manage it, you can make a positive impact on their overall well-being.


So, take a deep breath, find your calm, and help your clients do the same. Here’s to a stress-free (or at least, stress-managed) life and many good hair days ahead!

Tabitha

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