Olivia Smalley (@omgartistry on Instagram), a hairstylist and social media guru, is shifting her typical
content plan and using her platform to share tips and advice with fellow hairstylists in this time of
uncertainty. Here, she shares 8 simple ways to stay positive:
1. Assess what is most important. Please remain kind and remind others to be kind as well.
2. Figure out how you can add value and positivity to someone else's life. How can you help
someone else right now?
3. Don't let fears hold you from your goals. Start getting creative on how you can create another
income for yourself. Create a plan if you're out of work and try to stop spending money.
4. Use a meditation app. I use Calm when I'm feeling anxious—it's a quick 3 minutes of my day. I'll
do it while driving, on my break or right when I wake up in the morning. It shifts my mood.
5. Stay informed, but do not feed into the media monster. Watch a movie or read a book!
6. Phone a friend or family member you haven't spoken to in a while. Ask them how they're doing
and remain positive.
7. Watch your words. Words make a big difference in how you feel AND in the way others perceive
you. For example, when someone at work asks how you are, instead of saying "I'm so stressed and
busy," try something light-hearted like "I just had the best conversation with my client. How's your
day going?" This will naturally lead the conversation—and your mind—to a more positive place.
8. Community over competition. As a community, remember that we're all working through this
together. Support your local hairstylists and offer advice when you can.
Should you need advice or someone to speak with about the current situation, Smalley is making
herself available for the rest of March and April to field questions. ”I encourage people to reach out
to me," she says. "No question is too big or too small.