What are the differences and similarities between self care and self improvement?
Being that I am a social media manager, I use it slightly differently than the average person would. I am constantly looking for content, interacting with followers, creating content in multiple voices, finding out the news, interacting with friends, reading articles about theatre and feminism, and watching video compilations of hilarious Cockatoos. So it gets busy in there.
And that can be so unbelievably stressful, and I think I can boil it down to a very few things.
1. Everything on social media starts to matter too much.
It becomes easy (for me, at least) to analyze my every interaction with every person on the Internet to a ridiculous point. Not to mention how social media can pull our attention from really important interactions with the world around us.
2. We compare ourselves to people who may not exist
People certainly behave differently on social media than they do in real life, and we only ever see the parts of them that they choose to reveal. Typically, a person would want to show only their best self, and so we believe that that is who they are all the time. Not so. We may feel like we know a lot about a person through our online interactions with them, but it's certainly different than seeing them frequently.
3. Typed thoughts can easily be misconstrued
Oftentimes the meaning of what someone has typed is hard to read without the benefit of tone of voice and body language to help us understand what that person is actually saying. Occasionally, such misinterpretations can lead to ugly situations.
Don't get me wrong, folks, I love social media! That doesn't mean that it's all perfect all the time.
What is the best or worst thing about social media? Tell me in the comments!
Lately I've been so busy, I've forgotten to do things that I need to do to take care of myself. Like buy groceries and get enough sleep. I have been able to increase the frequency and intensity of my workouts though, so that's a step in the right direction! And as you can see, Crouton and I have been getting on splendidly too!
Right now I'm working on a lot of things. I'm currently learning my music for my as cast roles in A Year With Frog And Toad, which is RuBarb Production's Christmas Show this year! It plays from December 2nd-6th, if any of you happen to be out Moose Jaw way at that time.
I'm also embarking on my first ever job as a stage manager and first ever job as an assistant director, for the same show! Les Belles Soeurs is a classic play that I am very excited to be working on with my friends and colleagues at La Troupe du Jour. The show runs from March 2nd-6th, but because it's a community show and we have to rehearse around everyone's work schedules we start rehearsals in just a few weeks!
I've also taken on more social media responsibilities and am now the Social Media Manager for the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre professionals. We have our second annual AGM on Monday in Regina and so there's a lot going on that I'm trying to jump into!
My largest project currently is Macbeth, which I am working on as part of my Artistic Associate role with Embrace Theatre. This time around I am the Front of House manager, which is a little daunting but super fun so far! There are more details available at embracetheatre.ca and tickets are available at ontheboards.ca
I'm also very excited to announce that I am producing a video series for Staple Productions that is filming in the next few weeks and should be ready for posting in December! I've been rehearsing hard for the past few days, as well as beginning production work on my cabaret that is happening in January!
As always, I've been working box office at On The Boards, front of house at Persephone and at Calories!
If you have any free time in the next few weeks, I strongly encourage you to see Life, Death and the Blues at Persephone Theatre. One of the more important pieces of theatre that has been presented in Saskatoon in the past little while, in my opinion.
I'm now going to go and rehearse for an audition. As multiple people have said to me, "I'll sleep when I'm dead!"