A few days ago I tweeted something that screams so very true at this moment. Mental & Spirital exercise is just as important as physical: meditating and praying. Marinate on that …..
So often we get so caught up in our “lives” that we neglect to take care of ourselves. And this issue of health is more than just being active and exercising. Our bodies need to be in tune with our mind, with our souls, and vice versa. With that part of ourselves that is not visible to the world. It’s a complete package and one affects the other. And when the product of that is negative, something’s gotta give.
Sometimes the culprit is our surroundings. The people that are around us. Unfortunately we don’t always have control of our surroundings and the people in it. However, when it is in your control, change it. Or at least try.
My morning ritual of getting up early just to lay down and do some breathing exercises, practice stillness, do some stretches, recite my mantras for the day, watch the news etc, are all part of what I do to try and start the day off right. Positive. Upbeat. The challenge of course arises with maintaining that throughout the day. For some time, I was doing really well! And now, I’m in a pit again.
We have to be careful with pits. They confine us, paralyze and discourages us. Making us extremely unhappy, unfulfilled, and depressed. All the intricacies of the acting business has provided excellent training ground for me to get my ass back up with every “no”, with every situation that I have absolutely no control over. And what I do have control over (my attitude) is what I strive to keep in consistent shape. Because like I said, one affects the other, and I have to keep it together in order to muster the strength to keep pressing forward, no matter what.
That’s how I operate in my acting life. My other life is proving to be more of a hassle than I want to admit. Arrghhh!!! That’s what I feel like doing every now and then. Screaming my brains out. My other life has been bullying my morning ritual! All my hard work is flying out the window hard and fast. And it makes me mad.
Yesterday I came across a great article on LinkedIn, Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain (read it here). I saw the title and I was instantaneously drawn to it. I read it and immediately said to myself “I was right!” and passed it on to my boyfriend, because Lord knows I’ve been telling him this for the longest time. Simply being in the presence of perpetual negative energy and complaining is truly toxic. It messes with every aspect of your life if you let it. I have to work on not letting it! And so should you.
The tips provided in the article are good. I discovered that my go to remedies were tips #1 and #3; Get some distance and Shields up!. I walk away, get out of the office for a bit, walk, have a mini non-work related convo with someone etc. My earbuds are a must! Without them I can’t tune out all the poisonous jibberish. Listening to music just puts me in a good mood. Period. I travel to that place. You know what I mean! We all have that special place that relaxes and soothes us. Makes us feel like all is right in the world …. in our life.
I know. I write all this like I have it together. I’m the first to admit that I don’t. BUT I sure do try, all day everyday. Like anything else, its a process. Easier said than done but putting in the effort makes all the difference. Believe me when I tell you that.
So push yourself to get up 15 minutes earlier, then 30 etc and do something every morning with those extra minutes to prepare for the day ahead.
Don’t let anyone or anything mess with your vibe. And should that be jeopardized, remember, shield yourself!!
Here’s to a healthy mind, body, and soul.