Maintaining a self care routine is essential as an actor. It prevents burn out and makes you feel much better. Here are my tips for maintaning self care as an actor.
1) Use a vocal steamer
It's the most common self care item for an actor. Not only does it feel great and clean out the sinuses, it also provides moisture to your vocal chords. So maybe if youre a little dehydrated one day, this would be a great option. They come in all shapes an sizes, but this is the one I have.
2) Listen to music that isn't musical theatre
Dont get me wrong, I love to jam out to a good musical theatre playlist every now and then. That being said, I also need my regular playlists, too. When I was in college, I used my commute to school as a time to listen to non-musical theatre music and recharge. Musical theatre was my whole life at the time, and my regular music provided an escape of sorts.
3) Warm up vocally and stretch every day
You've heard it before. Over and over. But it really does make a difference. Warming up vocally everyday will make singing exponentially easier. It also will slowly expand your range. Stretching every day will not only make you feel better on a daily basis, but will also make your flexibilty better, therefore making your dancing better.
4) Get that exercise in
Once again, you've heard it before. But excercise produces endorphins which will make you feel better. Your endurence will also slowly get better and better. This helps your breath support, your dancing and your health.
5) Find a hobby completely unrelated to musical theatre
This is the same kind of thing as the music. You need an outlet that isn't theatre. That has nothing to do with theatre. You could pick up reading or crocheting of knitting or hiking. Just make sure it is sepreate from your career as an actor. This way you always have something to fall back on when theatre gets a bit overwhelming.
6) Take care of your skin
I must admit, I'm not a skincare guru. In fact I'm quite terrible at keeping a skincare routine. That being said, I understand the importance of it. Taking care of your skin will improve the quality of your skin, and also make you feel better. Not to mention, most of the time its very satisfying. In a feild where our face is the product we are selling, it might be a good idea to start taking care of your skin.
7) Nourish yourself with good food
There are two types of good food. The kind thats good for you, and the kind thats good for your taste buds. I say eat both. Everything in moderation, of course. But its important to fuel your body with the right foods. Esspecially if you're going to be onstage.
8) Have a consistent sleep schedule
Its difficult. I know. But it's essential for creating a healthy lifestyle. I like to set an alarm on my phone for bedtime each night and of course to wake up. I wont lie, sometimes I dont follow the exact times. That being said, its the effort that counts.
9) Drink water!
This one is self explanitory. Just drink water. If you think you're drinking enough, you're wrong. Just do it.
10) Stop playing the comparison game
This is a big one. I struggle with it on a daily basis. With social media as a constant reminder that everyone you know is doing great, it's hard to be secure in your own life and your own endevors. I choose to limit my time on social media to prevent this problem. I recently read a book talking about what it means to be an artist. It said that another artist getting work is good for you. Not only is this true, its a great mantra to keep around.
These are my tips and tricks for maintaining self care as an actor. Hopefully this gave you some insight.