Zen Laundry

Congratulations, you are a Cosmetologist!  Your newly honed skills allow you to be creative, expressive and beautify others.  Doesn’t it feel great?  You won’t have much down time as a rockin’ hair stylist, esthetician or nail technician, so use your time wisely.

In the bustling field of cosmetology LAUNDRY is LIFE!  A day won’t pass without having to start a load of laundry, switch it to the dryer, fold towels….REPEAT…all day, every day.  Seriously!

Now its time to find the balance. You have chosen a glamorous, diverse and exciting career.  Allowing you flexibility, independence and room for growth.  Lucky you!

FACT: Laundry is an everyday facet of this profession.  Instead of dreading it, make a healthy ritual or fun practice out of it by trying these 3 steps while folding:

1)   ZEN-OUT.  Redefine this time as a break or meditation.  Make it something you look forward to. Practice mindfulness by focusing your awareness in the moment staying calm and present.  This can bring your nervous system back into balance.

2)   Try a relaxing breathing technique. Deep breathing can effectively help combat stress, by activating the body's natural relaxation response.  Here is a simple technique to try.  Equal Breathing: To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, all through the nose.  This can calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

3)   Focus on what you are grateful for.  Maybe it’s your awesome clientele, healthy body, or peaceful work environment.  It doesn’t matter how big or small just as long as it is positive. Gratitude is directly correlated with greater happiness. Just watch and feel the positive changes that will occur from this shift in awareness.  You will have increased positive emotions, improved health, better at coping mechanisms and cultivate strong relationships.