Quarantine Update - Nicole Ficke

Hi all!

Nicole here (@hairbynicoleficke)!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the balayage specialist at our salon.

I love creating natural highlights and painted looks that are low maintenance and long lasting. I grew up in a beach town and I’ve always been inspired by beachy, lived-in color and cuts. Aside from what I do behind the chair, I live in an apartment with my fiancé and our two bunnies and love spending my free time outside doing just about anything. Hopefully that’s enough backstory to give you guys just a little info about me!

I love that we have this blog up and running so we’re able to connect with you all on a more personal level and outside of the salon. Especially during times like these, it’s easy to feel super disconnected from people. We spend our normal days in such a social environment, connecting with people all day long. Being in “quarantine” is a strange thing for most people, but I think it’s extra strange when you’re used to being surrounded by tons of social interaction every day.

I hope you’ve all been doing your best to stay healthy and also positive during this difficult time. I think that our mental health is something that is often put on the back burner, especially when times get tough. Often times people forget that our mental health is just as essential to us as our physical health. I’ve always been a very anxious person, from the youngest age I can remember. I’m always thinking ahead (more like over-thinking), worrying, and stressing.

This is something I’ve been working on significantly over the years, but as soon as COVID-19 began in our country and started rapidly spreading I had to give myself a little mental pep-talk (corny, I know, but we do what we have to do.) I wanted to make an agreement with myself to not allow myself to become overwhelmed by things I cannot control, especially because so much of this is out of our control.

I began thinking of the things that I can control during this time:

  • My actions

  • What I can do to prevent myself from getting sick

  • What I can do to help prevent those around me from getting sick

  • Most importantly: my attitude

I won’t ramble on about this for too long, but I just wanted to share this in case any of you are struggling with stress or anxiety during this time. Try to focus on what is actually in your control, and go from there. Don’t overwhelm yourself with mental scenarios that haven’t even happened.

I read a quote since being out of work that said

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day, is my attitude.”

I’m going to try to live by that, not only during this crazy time, but once things return to normal as well. Maybe this will encourage at least one of you guys to do the same :)

Hope to see you all again soon! Stay well!

- Nicole

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