There are lots of studies out their on the state of the mind and how the way you feel has a direct coloration to the way you look. Fashion’s unique pressures can leave its workers vulnerable to mental health issues, impacting employees and employers alike.
“Anyone working in creative industries, especially fashion, knows only too well the challenging nature of the job,” says Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, a mental health charity. “Despite being hugely rewarding, the combination of high stress and long hours make for a workplace that isn’t always conducive to good mental health.”
Fashion is also a culture, as much as an industry, blurring the lines between work and private life to a degree not seen in other sectors. “As a business, [fashion] demands way, way more hours from its workers than they are contracted to do. It expects 24-hour interest and availability,” says Caryn Franklin, fashion commentator and professor of diversity at Kingston University. “That can impact on a person’s sense of balance and serenity.”
What’s more, participating in the culture of fashion can often mean a packed social schedule of dinners, parties and other events. The industry’s emphasis on perfection, often within a narrow standard of beauty, can also exacerbate pressures. “You’ve got to be perfect and you’ve got to be on the ball all the time, you’ve got to be networking, you’ve go to be going to these parties, drinking with the other people … and yet, you’ve got to be up the next day,” says Dr. Carolyn Mair, subject director of psychology at London College of Fashion and chair of the London and home counties branch of the British Psychological Society. “It’s very difficult for people to maintain that level of energy and the lifestyle and the creativity.”
Article Source: Business of Fashion
Written by Tokyo James