How to Avoid Burnout as a Lash Artist

As last artists, we have exciting visions and goals for our small businesses. While our work is very rewarding, it can also be exhausting because of our high expectations and wanting to do everything on our own. This can lead to burnout. Burnout transforms our joy and passion for our work into frustration and apathy. Prolonged burnout will not only impact our ability to manage our business, but affect our mental and physical health. It is really important to protect ourselves against burnout as small business owners. Keep reading to hear our top tips to avoid burnout!

  1. Identify the Cause

Burnout can creep up on us. Early warning signs of burnout include exhaustion, irritability, and feeling unmotivated. If you start noticing these signs, figure out what’s causing you to feel this way. Is it working long hours? Is it doing too much? Or is it something else completely? Once you identify the cause, it’s easier to handle and deal with.

  1. Intentional Rest

Schedule at least one day a week, or even a half day, to be completely off. This means absolutely no clients and no working on any aspects of your business. When you’re a small business owner, it can be hard to separate yourself from your work. Intentional breaks are crucial. You need to protect and guard your rest time so you can come back each week feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

  1. Reduce Hours

Consider reducing your hours on some days. This can look like having a later start and finishing earlier. Even a small one or two hour difference will make a big impact, and your clients won’t suffer from it.

  1. Make physical activity a priority

Schedule 30 minutes – 1 hour a day to do some sort of physical activity. This can be any type of physical activity, like going for a walk, going to the gym, a yoga class… the choice is yours and the options are endless! As lash artists, a lot of our day is spent seated. Getting up and moving our body is really important for our mental and physical health. Research shows that physical activity is especially helpful for lowering stress levels and improving mood!

  1. Delegate, delegate, delegate! 

Review your tasks and see what can be delegated to others. This includes tasks both in your business and at home. For example, someone else can manage your social media posts, scheduling, new client inquiries and/or marketing content like newsletters and blog posts. Having help around the house can also really take a load off. You can look into having someone else handle cleaning your place once or month or opt to have groceries delivered instead of going to the store yourself. For all of these activities, you can consider hiring or offering trades of services.

  1. Schedule Self-Care

Intentionally schedule self-care once a month. This self-care day is a day for you to do whatever you want. This is when you can pamper yourself with beauty services, hang out with friends, stay at home and do nothing… it’s up to you! It’s your day! If you have kids, make sure to arrange to have someone else take care of them for that day so you can really focus on yourself.

  1. Adjust your prices

If you’re at 80% capacity with clients, you can consider raising your prices. While some clients may drop, the extra you make will really make up for it. Doing this will give you a little more breathing space and help your business be more sustainable long-term. 

We need to remember that health is wealth. While being busy and working extra hard is fine in the short term, as lash artists and small business owners, we need to be careful not to over-extend ourselves and burnout. We chose this path in the industry for multiple reasons, one of them being that we have freedom over our schedule and income. So, take care of yourself and speak up when you need help! There are lots of people rooting for you! I am also always available – please feel free to DM if you need to chat. If you want to learn more about how to succeed as a lash artist, check back for more blog posts, follow us on social media, and subscribe to our newsletter!

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