By: ClaimFame Career Coach Mason O’Brien
Mason O’Brien is the owner and operator of Bluprint coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life! For more details visit Bluprintcoaching.com.
We’ve all been here: the desk job. I recently started a new and very demanding position at work. I find myself spending late nights and long hours at my desk. While I’m grateful to have a job to support myself, the lack of variety in my day is a shock to my system. I like to move around and take part in different activities. After a few weeks of working around the clock, I decided I needed to take control and find some “me” time during the day. I wanted a moment to clear my head and get my body moving. As actors, we have to be sure to take care of our bodies & minds even when we take the 9-5 to support ourselves.
So here are 3 easy things to do every day to incorporate”me time” into your multi-taksing life:
1. Find a way to incorporate physical exercise into your day
2. Try to meditate for at least 5 minutes when you first wake up & before you go to bed
3. Start a gratitude journal and start focusing on the positive
Recently, I started doing all 3 things and I am much calmer, focused and more positive. I started by bringing my leggings and running shoes to the office. Now, I take a 45 minute walk at lunch. I may look silly leaving my very corporate office, but when I get outside I feel an immediate sense of peace. I am lucky to live in LA and I love the California sunshine on my face. Even more, my body loves the fresh air and a chance to stretch into an upright position. I work on my posture as I walk and pay close attention to my breath as I alternate my pace.
I’ve realized that for me, this walk is my own form of meditation. I find it calms me and grounds me — two feelings I don’t experience during the work day and know I need for my productivity and overall sense of well-being. As actors, you all know how important meditation is to your craft: It allows for a quiet mind and time to tap into your emotions, and ultimately discover the character within.
I want to encourage all of you today to find new ways to meditate– be creative! Whether it be a walk, time spent journaling, a yoga class, or traditional seated meditation, start to explore what works best for you and treat yourself to a little “me” time. I know both your body and your work will thank you.