I'm sure you've heard, on more than one occasion, that modeling is a lot less glamorous than it seems. Sure, the "Lights, camera, action!" portion can be very glam, but thats just a small part of what we do.
The majority of any model's career are all of the things we do to be prepared for and make it to the lights-camera-action days. As a model, any given day's schedule can look something like: gym, audition, facial, casting, fitting, 4-hour shoot, meeting, airport.
Operating day after day with a jam-packed schedule leaves little room for rest and personal time. Needless to say, it can be difficult to regularly practice self-care rituals. It's because of this that I began to fuse my self-care rituals into my days. Although I am not getting the 1-2 hours of uninterrupted "woo-sah time" I'd prefer, I am still able to get the centering, calming self-lovin' I need to make it through any stressful or high-activity day.
I think its fair to say that we all, regardless of job type or lifestyle, could use a little more self-care throughout our days. Here are a few ways I stay "self-cared up" on-the-go.
Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is a key component in my self-care practice. Just a whiff of the right scent and I am transported to a calmer, more centered state of mind. In my pouch, I carry a mini essential oil spray as well as a mini scent oil roller. I use the spray to enhance the atmosphere, wherever I am--yes, that includes planes, trains and automobiles. I use my oil roller on my pressure points whenever I need a moment of calm or stress relief.
Breathing The next time you are in a stressful or heavy situation, I want you to do something: pay attention to your breathing. I'll bet you're not taking deep breaths. On-the-go, I use my oil spray and roller to assist me in deep breathing exercises. You don't need a lot of time or space to practice deeper, more satisfying breathing. Step away from whatever you're doing, maybe to a restroom or a hallway, spray or roll on essential oils and deeply inhale the scent in the air or on your skin for 10 deep breaths.This is one of my favorite calming & reenergizing practices.
Writing Release Along with my pouch of "goodies", I also carry a journal (and lots of fun-colored markers). I have several journals for different purposes. The one I carry with me during work days or travel is where I write out my feelings throughout the day if need be. Journaling is a great way to release tension and discuss, with yourself, ways to improve your day(s). For me, journaling on-the-go is a great way to process through all of the "stuff" of my day without having to bring any of it home (hopefully).
Food & Drink Choices I like to think of nutrition as a form of self-care. What we put in our bodies either works for or against us. That's why I try to make the healthiest possible food choices when I am traveling or on-set for work. I know, it can sometimes be a difficult task because healthy choices can be scarce and expensive. To supplement the options available, I always carry Vitamin C packets and nutrient packed food bars (not pictured).
Affirmations I try to affirm myself as often as possible throughout any given day. Self-affirmation is free and you can take it anywhere!