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How to look after your mental health during this difficult time

It is imperative to look after your mental wellbeing during this time as the coronavirus outbreak continues, especially with the overwhelming amount of information landing daily about the illness and ...

How to look after your mental health during this difficult time

It is imperative to look after your mental wellbeing during this time as the coronavirus outbreak continues, especially with the overwhelming amount of information landing daily about the illness and all salons being forced to shut in the latest Government prevention measures. 
Not only should you look after your own mental health, it is suggested that you are checking in with your staff members ensuring that they are looking after themselves also.

4 resources to help beauty business owners stay mentally healthy:
1.    Virtual therapy apps
There are a lot of affordable virtual therapy apps available online that enable you to chat with professional counsellors virtually. Talk Space is one such app and it’s delivering COVID-19 Anxiety Management Program, where you can talk to a therapist about your concerns during the outbreak. 
Vulnerable people can also access free online emotional support during self-isolation via The Help Hub. You can book a 15 to 20 minute session guided by a qualified therapist, who will give support to deal with the knock-on effects of anxiety and loneliness during social distancing.  
2.    Mind’s mental health checklist
The mental health charity Mind has a collection of free tools available to boost your wellbeing during this time. It is also advising those struggling with their mental health minimise the number of news alerts they get or limit their daily screen time if the stories are making you feel anxious or confused. 
Although it’s important to stay connected with events, the charity advises getting your news and health information from trusted sources, such as the NHS and Gov UK. It may also be worth cutting down your social media use to avoid being spammed with fake news, which can heighten anxiety. 
3.    Low Ears Helpline 
Sam Pearce, the owner of PB Award-winning The Potting Shed Spa in Batley, has set up a free mental health service for salon owners who are struggling with their mental health during this time of uncertainty.
The Low Ears Help campaign aims to support beauty business owners during this crisis, providing access to ambassadors who are all mental health and first aid trained. There is a triage system that allows inquiries to be triaged to the right person for help, whether that’s for talking therapy, mindful therapy or virtual access to councilors.  
To access the free service, contact lowearshelp@gmail.com 
4.    Mental wellbeing audio guides
The NHS has a wide range of mental wellbeing audio guides to help boost your mood during this tough time. You can listen to them privately or play them out loud in your household to help your family manage their anxiety too. The guides, which each range between six and 10 minutes, cover anxiety control training, sleep problems, unhelpful thinking and how to tackle low mood, sadness and depression. 
 

30th April 2020