None of us are perfect. This is because, in fact, the whole idea of perfection does not exist, it is simply something we have constructed ourselves. So why do we still pick every aspect of our being apart? Because we are human. We are angry for being too harsh on ourselves, which means, that we then create one big vicious circle.
Lets start finding positives, rather than negatives about who we are. Here are some ideas, on how we can start showing some self-love:
1. Think of an activity that you enjoy doing and name something positive you contribute to it- whether it be enthusiasm or perseverance, believe me, the fact you have such a passion for it, will make this task easy. Once you think of one thing, you will start to find other unique qualities, you bring to the table too.
2. Have a break, even if it’s a ten minute one, from that script you’re writing or song you are rehearsing. Don’t push yourself too much, being relaxed and fresh, will give your work the direction it needs.
3. Treat yourself to that new cake in the bakery or a new book you have wanted to read, but keeping walking past the shop window, with the excuse you haven’t got time. Make time to try new things and to replenish your body and soul.
4. Be Kind to you 💜
You might be shouting “Yes that’s obvious” but realistically how many of us ignore how we are feeling physically, so as to not interrupt our lives? We often convince ourselves in the Arts, the world will cease turning, unless we have that casting meeting ASAP, or answer an email within 30 seconds.
I will let you in to a little secret…The world WILL NOT stop if you have a rest. You are not “slacking” or lacking ambition, you are looking after yourself. Self preservation is so important, you can’t take care of anything else in your life, if you are not feeling your best.
Getting a good nights sleep, has a different meaning for everyone, but is so vital in making sure you are regenerating each night, as is eating a balanced diet. Our body will tell us when we need sleep and to eat the foods it requires, we just need to pay attention to it, just as we do our phone.
Doing things that benefit you every day, will make you more in tune with what your body is telling you. If your voice is feeling tired when you are rehearsing a song and your higher register is just not happening, it means you should stop immediately. As an artist, we need to value our instrument-our bodies.
Let’s start showing some self-love and listen to our bodies, like we would a friend in need. Have a beautiful day and be kind. ❤️