Dear Reader November/December 2020

August 12th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

Putting You First

By Emmariah Holcomb

It can be the last item on your to-do list, tough, stressful and in some cases painful but it’s necessary especially now. Are you thinking about what it could be? Did self-care run across your mind? If not then you’ll want to keep reading.

Self-care can be defined as taking time out for oneself to reduce the chances of feeling overwhelmed, stressed and burnt-out.

Putting yourself first or self-care is something that I honestly don’t hear enough about in the industry. Why is that? You’d think that a profession that combines customer satisfaction, creativity, raw talent and precision would require a certain level of unwinding. And that the men and women who take on everything from standard sedans to million dollar exotic vehicles and homes would need to de-stress.

Defining It

According to Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, author and assistant professor at the University of Illinois, self-care is associated with reduced burnout, enhanced self-esteem, resilience and strengthened relationships.

Although practicing it isn’t anything new, it has become more valuable since the COVID-19 outbreak. But are window film business owners and employees spending enough time on making sure they’re okay?

Embracing It

I’ve listened to some industry members who have had mixed opinions. Some say it’s been harder to focus on themselves while also trying to keep their business’ doors open after having to make several safety adjustments. Meanwhile others have said it’s needed in order to have a sense of normalcy [or pre-COVID times]. All agreed that it’s something that should be done in order to keep your mind clear and focused before starting on a new project or installation.

Practicing It

Installers spend their days [at work] having to focus on each curve and cut during an installation. Manufacturers can find themselves secluded in one of a few areas ensuring each step is completed properly before the finished product becomes available. The way I see it, no matter what role you play in window film you can’t possibly deny the time and attention it takes for everything to “go right” and it’s natural to take a break before your body or mind forces you to.

How often should business owners and their employees practice personal care and what options are available? Dr. Gobin says everyone should try to do something for their personal self-care daily. It can be as simple as taking a walk or sitting outside for a few minutes to get fresh air, pausing to just breathe, calling a friend, playing with your pet, listening to your favorite song, or even stretching.

As we continue moving forward, it’s important to know when to put yourself first. If not you could end up walking a little too close to the edge. Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup and your employees, customers, family and friends deserve the best version of you.

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