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NOV-DEC 2015

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10 The Colorist | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 | thecoloristmag.com joy to the world . . . or at least yourself Lotus Abrams EDITOR IN CHIEF labrams@creativeage.com T he holiday season is upon us, once again. For most of us, it's a hectic time, fi lled with holiday gatherings and offi ce parties, but also a joyful time. For stylists, it also tends to be one of the busiest times of year, with schedules often double- booked to accommodate clients' needs. T at can be a stressful equation, says Wendy Watkins, a business coach and the author of T e Joy Factor Recipe Book: A Common Sense Approach to a Delicious Life, who teaches a "Mind, Body & Business" approach to building a successful, sustainable company. "T e big cause of stress comes from that feeling of, 'How am I going to take care of my personal needs and my family, as well as my clients, during this busy time of year?'" says Watkins, who frequently works with salons and stylists. "Not only are they dealing with their own stress, but all day long they're also listening to how people are all stressed out about the holidays. Whether they realize it or not, that's depleting their energy, which makes it easy to forget to take care of themselves fi rst." So how can you avoid letting stress suck the joy out of the holiday season? Watkins provides four simple strategies (at right). And sometimes, she reminds us, it's truly the simplest things that can make a diff erence in your day. "Bring an extra pair of shoes to work," she says. "We all love to wear great-looking shoes, but at the end of the day, it's hard to be happy when your feet hurt!" Well said. upf ont Wendy Watkins' holiday survival tips Start your day with some "me" time and a positive mindset. "Take some time for exercise or spend a few extra minutes with family—and def nitely eat breakfast," Watkins says. "Find a way to do something in the morning that helps feed your body, mind and spirit." Avoid the break room at work. "If there's an opportunity for a break, get outside for a walk around the block instead of going to the break room, which is typically dark and crowded and full of people complaining," Watkins says. "Clear your head and intentionally release any type of stress that you're experiencing." Surround yourself with positivity. "You don't have a choice of who you spend time with during the day at work, so on your off hours, make sure you spend time with people who feed your spirit and make you feel good," says Watkins, who adds that this practice should also extend to what you choose to read and the music you choose to listen to. Ask for help. Whether it's asking an assistant at the salon to blow-dry a client or f nding someone to address your holiday cards, asking for help can reduce holiday stress, Watkins advises. holiday gift list 12 3 4 1 | PUREOLOGY Strength Cure Cleansing Condition and Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Beautif er 2 | GOLDWELL Dualsenses Shampoo and Conditioner sets 3 | ALOXXI Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner 4 | MATRIX Biolage Advanced FullDensity Shampoo and Conditioner PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF MANUFACTURERS

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