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An Expert Breaks Down How Burnout Affects Your Hair

Burnout can do a number on your health and well-being, but did you know it also affects your hair? The prolonged stress you experience at work doesn’t just stay in the boardroom; it tends to heavily impact your strands in ways you might not even be aware of.

Liz Hughes, M.Ed, LPC, spoke with Mane Addicts to break down how burnout affects your hair. Keep scrolling to discover what the Houston-based therapist had to share!

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How does burnout affect your hair?

Liz reminds us that “burnout is a mental, emotional, and physical experience that results from chronic workplace stress that has not been managed well.”

Burnout tends to manifest itself as low energy or exhaustion, increased feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job, and reduced belief in ability to accomplish professional goals.

But how does that impact your strands? Liz explains that experiencing these feelings will cause “taking care of your hair to fall lower on your priority list.”

Similar to depression, burnout can cause feelings of hopelessness, overwhelm, and self-doubt,” she shares. “These draining emotions can make caring for yourself more challenging, resulting in problems caring for your hair and personal hygiene.”

What are the signs you’re experiencing burnout in relation to your hair?

Liz expresses that burnout looks different for everyone. No two people will experience it the same, especially when it applies to your locks.

Often, it’s most evident with how well you’re able to keep up with your haircare routine.

“If you notice big changes in how you care for your hair for a long period of time, it may be a sign that you’re experiencing burn out,” Liz says. “For example, after a period of stress at work, you notice you’re not washing your hair. Perhaps your coworkers or friends have noticed too and brought it up with you. This might be a good opportunity to check in with yourself and why you believe these habits have shifted.”

How can you combat burnout?

One simple way to combat burnout is to place extra emphasis on self-care.

“When burnout says taking care of yourself or your hair doesn’t matter, that is probably the best time to take the extra steps to care for yourself,” Liz shares.

Two more proactive measures include attending therapy and breaking out of your pattern of burnout.

“Your therapist can work with you to help identify the triggers causing your burnout, and teach you coping skills to help you manage your workplace stress more effectively,” Liz notes. “If therapy is not accessible to you, engaging in activities that feel restorative to you and reduce stress can be effective in reducing burn out as well.”

Curious to learn more about how stress and burnout impact your hair? Find out HERE!

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