In a world that demands the juggling of numerous responsibilities, adding 'Mental Health' to the mix is not just another ball to keep in the air, but the very essence of keeping the rest aloft. It's a formidable task, yet entirely attainable with the right techniques. Below, I share the personalized strategies that I have woven into the fabric of my daily life.
1. Prioritize & Organize
My day begins before the sunrise with a planner in hand. I plot out my day with a color-coded system, prioritizing tasks that align with my long-term goals. The most complex tasks are scheduled for when my mind is most alert – the tranquil morning hours. I’ve found that breaking down larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks helps prevent the sense of being overwhelmed and keeps me progressing steadily.
2. Take Mindful Breaks
Every hour, I give myself the gift of pause. I step away from all screens and engage in a brief session of yoga, stretching out the kinks in my muscles and realigning my posture. These mindful breaks are also my time for pranayama, the practice of controlled breathing, which centers my thoughts and prepares me for the tasks ahead with renewed vigor.
"Allowing yourself downtime with minimal stimuli helps replenish your brain’s capacity for attention, focus and creativity, and it allows you to process new information you’ve learned and tie it to other ideas." Samantha Artherholt, Psychologist and clinical associate professor, UW School of Medicine Department of Rehabilitation
3. Set Realistic Goals
I approach goal-setting with a blend of ambition and grounded realism. I set my intentions for the week every Sunday evening, incorporating both professional targets and personal milestones. This practice includes acknowledging the need for flexibility – some goals require adjustment, and that's perfectly fine. Celebrating every achievement, no matter the size, has become a ritual that nurtures my drive and spirit.
"You should set your goals based on who you want to become, not who other people are." 12 Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson
4. Connect with Colleagues
Human connection in the workplace is a wellspring of support for me. Our team has a dedicated 'Wellness Wednesday' where we share our experiences with maintaining mental health, be it through meditation sessions or simply exchanging tips on staying balanced. This has fostered a culture of understanding and collective growth that's indispensable to our mutual success.
5. Dedicate Time for Self-Care
Self-care for me transcends beyond the occasional indulgence; it's an integral part of my daily routine. After work, I disconnect from all technology and reconnect with my core through yoga. This is my sanctuary of serenity where I flow through asanas, allowing my mind and body to synchronize and release the day's tension.
6. Seek External Support When Needed
Embracing the journey of mental health often means recognizing when to ask for help. As someone who has experienced the profound benefits of professional counseling, I advocate for it without hesitation. Whether it's a therapist's insight or the wisdom of a seasoned yoga instructor, this external support is invaluable to maintaining my equilibrium.
Your Mental Health Matters, Your Voice Matters.
At Cinemagic, we weave the pursuit of professional excellence with an unyielding commitment to the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of our team. Our culture is one that cherishes every individual, understanding that the essence of keeping our creative minds thriving lies in the health of every actor, producer, camera operator, runner, and editor. Each role is pivotal, and so is the person behind it — your mental health matters, your voice matters.
In the heart of an industry powered by creativity, we stand firm in the belief that the best work springs from a wellspring of support. We encourage our members to interlace their daily endeavors with self-care, mindfulness, and a mutual upliftment that transcends professional boundaries. As we navigate through the ebbs and flows of life, Cinemagic remains a beacon of collective strength, harmonizing the personal well-being of our storytellers with the stories they tell.
I invite you to join us in this harmonious movement; let us champion a future where every member's wellness is as celebrated as their artistry. Together, we can cultivate a narrative that resonates with authenticity and fulfillment. Continue to walk with us at Cinemagic, where every conversation, every project, every blog is a step toward a more balanced, empowered, and creatively vibrant community.