Creating Light for Yourself

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Sometimes things are hard. We all go through emotional ups and downs, for a variety of reasons. Occasionally it is harder to pull ourselves out of the hole. I’ve certainly been there myself. Here’s a few tips on how to boost your spirit when it needs some extra TLC:

  • Create art. I believe most people become artists because we know art is a healing and educational tool. To create something is powerful. It gives you a sense of control, fulfillment, and can have far-reaching positive impact on others, too.
  • See art. Whether it is on your Netflix account (suggestion: the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror) or in person (suggestion: for those of you in Los Angeles, AFI Fest starts today and is a free film festival) there are great creative things happening all around us.
  • Volunteer. When you’re feeling low, there’s nothing that can pull you out of it like helping others. It’s a win-win for everyone. Support causes you care about, things that you feel truly inspired to make an impact on. Progress is made when people show up and take action to support each other.
  • Write. November is National Novel Writing Month. Put your feelings to paper (or, probably more accurately, your laptop’s keyboard.)
  • Connect. We’re so lucky to have a great community in Ms. in the Biz, in our groups of friends, in our families, in any community that supports us. When things feel uncertain, or when you are struggling, reach out. Every person reading this is loved so much more than they know, and we need to remember to constantly remind each other of that.

Remember that often what makes things feel insurmountable is the feeling of hopelessness or lack of control. Choosing to take action–even if that action is something as simple as calling a close friend, going to see a film, or baking cupcakes for a charity bake sale–can help alleviate those feelings. If you are struggling, take a moment to feel it and recognize it, but follow that moment with forward momentum.

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Hunter Drago

About Hunter Drago

Hunter Drago is a SAG-AFTRA actress, social media junkie, and a writer. After studying acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, Hunter moved to sunny Los Angeles. She has appeared in a variety of films, television shows, and commercials... though she still spends most of her time on the audition grind! She is currently executive producing an all-female film called To The New Girl. Hunter is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Ms. in the Biz.