Your Barbering Check-In: How to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

A client listens to his barber talk about national mental health awareness month.

To perform at a high level, you must be at your best. This is a principle that applies universally. From superstar athletes to barbers who are passionate about their craft and delivering stellar results to their patrons, taking care of yourself is key to living your best life.

We’re not just talking about your physical health, either. Mental health is equally as important to your work, your well-being, and your quality of life. It can affect everything in your life, from interactions with clients to your ability to fully embrace the life at your fingertips.

As a barber, it can be easy to get caught up in the daily busyness of your shop, pour yourself and your passion into each haircut, and never take the time to care for yourself. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year, it’s time to prioritize your mental health, spread awareness, and otherwise celebrate this essential aspect of the human experience.

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

Tremendous strides have been made in the world of mental health. From increasing awareness to starting new conversations, the progress is encouraging. Of course, there’s still work to do, and celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month is a good place to start. Check out the ideas below to get inspired and see how you can make the most of this month (and beyond).

Take a Moment for Yourself

In a fast-paced world, losing track of yourself is common. Maybe you have a vague idea of how you’re feeling, but with so much to do and so many distractions readily available, it’s easy to push true self-reflection to the back burner.

This May, take some time to reverse that trend. Evaluate how you’re doing, what you’re feeling, and if anything feels off in your life. Are you stressed? Are you sacrificing your social life for work? Is something bothering you?

By asking yourself important questions and answering them honestly, you can identify areas of your life that may be affecting your mental health. Do this on a consistent basis, and you can begin to uncover patterns and make meaningful changes, including seeking someone to talk to if need be.

Connect with People

Isolation can play a significant role in mental health. Humans are social creatures, and being involved in a community is important to balance your mental health. Whether this is simply making time to talk to your family and friends or something more, like intentionally increasing your social circle, connecting with people is a powerful way to improve mental health.

Not only will surrounding yourself with family, friends, and other like-minded people benefit you, but it may also be meaningful to them. We can never know what people are struggling with behind closed doors, and taking the time to connect with them, even superficially, can make a massive difference in their lives.

Prioritize Your Health

Mental and physical health are interconnected. One influences the other, and vice versa. As a barber, you need your mind and your body to be sharp, so celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by taking care of your health is beneficial in many ways.

Before you rush out and get a gym membership (although exercise is great for your mental health), it’s a great idea to start with the basics and build from there. Focus on getting adequate sleep, hydrating consistently, and giving your body the nutrients it needs by implementing a (somewhat) healthy diet.

Your physical health informs your mental health. From boosting good hormones to giving you the energy you need to tackle the tough times, tending to your body is a key step to caring for your mind.

Spread Awareness

Taking steps to better your own mental health is a fantastic way to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month 2023. If you want to take it a step further, we encourage you to reach out to your communities to spread awareness and let others know they don’t have to go it alone.

Whether it’s using your physical barbershop as a gathering place where people can come together to connect and discuss or amplifying the conversation on your social media platforms, there are opportunities to make a positive impact in the mental health sphere.

Mental Health Awareness Month may only come once a year, but the changes you make today could echo far into the future. We hope the celebration ideas above inspire you to make the most of this May and emerge as a better barber and stronger person!

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