Who booked a new TV show?
Lots of actors did. It may not be their dream role, but they got it. And there weren’t enough roles to go around. Are you feeling the sting, too? It’s okay, we all are. Fancy people lost out. Unknowns lost out. It’s now time to bounce back.
We can take this opportunity to raise our game on self care before we regroup. I don’t mean numbing out, I mean actually feeling the sting and knowing it will pass, then taking care of our psyches so we don’t burn out. Yes, we can and should get massages, haircuts, or take a weekend trip, but -
Here are my favorite acts of self care, for fun and for free:
1. Take a long walk where the sky is bigger than the land and take it in. The gaping hole will match the hole in your heart and somehow fill it at the same time.
2. Leave the house and make conversation with one new acquaintance a day. Its like daytime bar hopping, minus the depression that follows a hangover. It may make you feel less alone in the world. Say hi to all dogs along the way; they really like it.
3. Join a meet up group and meet entirely new people who did not audition for a single pilot. Conversely, attend free improv shows to laugh in pain and in sync with other performers and experience a shared experience other than the TV system.
4. Complete all incomplete chores that you can in one hour, then pat yourself on the back & bake a cake.
5. Spend the afternoon with that book you meant to read last year in your favorite chair, or get a new one from the library.
6. Be of service to someone or a charity, then go write a 2 minute short film about how it changed you.
7. Take a social media break. Swap it out with meditating. Or something that refills the well.
8. Write funny limericks about the baffling nature of TV and our response to it, then call an artist friend & leave it on their voicemail. Make it a human connection, not just a clever, witty Facebook post.
9. Move furniture around, draw something that makes you laugh and hang it on the door.
10. Re-watch Bridesmaids. Recall your most obstinate moments in life and find the humor in it.
11. Watch TED Talks, Pema Chodron videos, or listen to The Moth – whatever resonates and will bring you back to your true nature.
12. Make a list of the most frustrating obstacles and reverse them into new game plans. Or simply release whatever goals you have that those obstacles are blocking in order to clear a path to receive new inspiration in due course.
Receive * Release *Recover * Rebuild * Relish