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Reader to Reader: How do you combat burnout?

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How do you combat burnout?

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Education is inspirational, motivational, and keeps us fresh.  Even when we think we know it all, information can be presented in a completely new way.  Plus, things are continually changing and improving.  If we move with the times it keeps us out of the same old rut that leads to burnout.  You may just be inspired to become an educator and help others combat burnout. – Tara Jarrett, A Virtuous Woman Salon, Des Moines, Iowa

I combat burnout by taking small breaks year-round.  I make it a point to learn something new from someone at work every day, thereby keeping my mind engaged in a growth process.  I also share tips with my coworkers. – Laura McKeown, Ulta Cosmetics, Phoenix

I take a vacation if I really need it.  Otherwise, practicing pink-and-whites, nail art, or taking a class are always fun.  Change is the key.  It would take a lot for me to burn out because I love my job. – Heather Hall-McCluskey, Just Nails,  Roscoe, Ill.

I try to move things around in my nail room once a month so that my clients and I don’t get bored looking at the same thing in the same place.  I only work set days a week and I stick to that schedule.  I allow myself one day a week to do whatever I want.  I play soothing music for my clients during pedicures and I try to stay educated, go to trade shows, and take classes.  In this business there is always something to learn. – Mary Ann Bernal-Allen, Nails by Mary Ann, Grand Junction, Colo.

I like to go out to dinner with other beauty professionals at least twice a month.  We share salon stories, problems, ideas, and have a good laugh or two.  It really helps to talk about problems and troubleshoot with others in a relaxing environment and we look forward to our nights out together. – Heather Rhodes, A Class Act, North Wilkesboro, N.C.

I visit my local library—my no-budget education secret.  They have an amazing collection of books in our field—all free with a library card! – Krista Lee Hanson, Shinythingz, Vancouver, British Columbia

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