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How to Care for Your Mental Health in the Beauty and Fashion Industry

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

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The beauty and fashion industry is a demanding one. Long hours, high stress, and constant pressure to look and act a certain way can take a toll on even the most mentally healthy person. It's no wonder that so many beauty and fashion professionals begin to put themselves on the back burner.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year. And while mental illness can affect anyone, it is especially common in the beauty and fashion industry. A study by the University of the Arts London found that 75% of fashion students have experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression, and 50% have considered self-harm.

There are a number of reasons why mental illness is so common in the beauty and fashion industry. First, the industry is incredibly competitive. There are always new people coming up, and it can be difficult to stay ahead of the curve. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, and insecurity.

Second, the beauty and fashion industry is very image-conscious. There is a lot of pressure to look a certain way, and this can be very damaging to one's self-esteem. Models, for example, are often told that they are not thin enough, pretty enough, or tall enough. This can lead to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and other mental health problems.

Third, the beauty and fashion industry is often very demanding. Models, stylists, and other professionals often work long hours, and they may be required to travel frequently. This can lead to fatigue, burnout, and other mental health problems.

If you are working in the beauty and fashion industry, it is important to take care of your mental health. Here are a few tips:

  • Set boundaries. It's important to set boundaries between your work life and your personal life. Don't let your work consume you. Make sure you have time for yourself to relax and recharge.

  • Take breaks. It's also important to take breaks throughout the day. Get up and move around, step outside for some fresh air, or just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.

  • Say no. Don't be afraid to say no to things that you don't have time for or that will stress you out. Your mental health is more important than anything else.

  • Find a support system. Having a support system of friends, family, or colleagues can be invaluable when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling and don't be afraid to ask for help.

  • Seek professional help. If you're struggling to cope with your mental health, don't be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist can help you develop coping mechanisms and strategies for managing stress.

It's important to remember that you're not alone. Many beauty and fashion professionals struggle with their mental health. By taking care of yourself and seeking help when you need it, you can stay healthy and happy both inside and out.

Here are some examples of beauty and fashion professionals who have spoken out about their mental health struggles:

  • Kendall Jenner has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression.

  • Cara Delevingne has spoken about her experiences with depression, anxiety, and self-harm.

  • Selena Gomez has been candid about her struggles with bipolar disorder.

  • Miley Cyrus has opened up about her struggles with addiction and mental health.

  • Demi Lovato has spoken about her struggles with addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm.

These are just a few examples of the many beauty and fashion professionals who have spoken out about their mental health struggles. By sharing their stories, they are helping to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to seek help.


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