Acting and Mental Health: Tips for Letting Go of Character Emotions and Finding Balance
Hey beautiful actors!
As artists, we sometimes have to go to dark places and feel intense emotions for our roles. It's a gift, but it can also be challenging for our mental health. That's why it's important to learn how to get out of those emotions and back to ourselves. By doing so, we can add enjoyment to our lives and bring fresh, authentic performances to our work.
Here are some tips to help you let go of a character's emotions and get back to being yourself:
Shake it off after an intense scene. Literally shake your body to release the tension and energy that you built up during the scene.
Practice a grounding or breathing exercise to get out of a particularly scary or anxious place. Check out some example exercises in this post.
Do something fun or relaxing after a scene. Watch a comedy, play a game, listen to music, meditate, or do something else that makes you happy and calm.
Take care of yourself in life. Eat well, sleep well, exercise, socialize, pursue your hobbies and passions. You are more than your roles. You are a unique and wonderful human being.
Remember, we are all in this together and can support each other. Acting is a beautiful and rewarding job, but taking care of our mental health is crucial. Let's lift each other up and take care of ourselves. All the love!