Exercise is not only a great way to release endorphins and warm your mind up to jump the improvisational hurdles of having an entertainment career, but it's also a way to look forward to a longer and healthier career! After you exercise, though, here are three more ideas of things to try that might be just the thing for you!
1. Start with tea
Two thoughts here: first, even if you're a hard-core caffeinator, it can be good to ramp up slowly. I know a lot of people enjoy a cup of strong coffee in the morning, but the way a weak cup of tea warms from the inside cannot be replaced with anything else.
Second, there is something simple but very self-nurturing about making something nice for yourself to ingest. Sort of a ritual act for the temple that is you. Creating a morning map that gives your day consistence and habit is very calming. Try putting on the kettle, making my bed, then sitting down with your mug to read for a bit.
2. Start with writing
If you've read The Artist's Way, you know all about this. Again, there's something magical you get to tap into if you get in touch with your deepest self first thing, and that's what Morning Pages are designed to do. They're like meditation for people who hate meditating. Ahem. There is a lot of clarity that can come from allowing yourself to write down stream-of-consciousness thoughts, too. First and most importantly, though, is that you can learn more about yourself. What you need, what you want, what you struggle with, and where you excel. Knowing yourself as the product is crucial to knowing how to sell yourself as the best person for the gig!
3. Start with ONE thing for you
Most talent work survival jobs that weren't much fun. Even now, doing things I love as my work, there are difficult stretches to get through.
There is something very powerful about me putting my stake in the day by choosing to do one thing only for me before I start in on the myriad items I've agreed to do for others. Pick one thing for you, and it's likely that the good feelings will follow you throughout the day. Self-care is not selfish, but it is necessary in order to give the best care to those people and projects around you.
What is that one little thing you want to do in the morning? Do it today!