Good Housekeeping South Africa|May - June 2020
Selfishness can be a good thing, Chrissy Metz has discovered lately. ‘I am always putting other people first, to my own detriment,’ she says. With the mantra ‘What’s in it for Chrissy?’ cemented in her mind, the 39-year-old is ready to channel her new-found confidence into producing her first movie and creating an upcoming album. ‘I don’t want to compromise a sound or a note or a word. I want it to be on my terms, which is new for me,’ she says. Standing strong about the direction she wants to go is a ‘big, big goal’ for her. Here Chrissy shares her seven smart strategies for setting you on a positive path.
1 DO-YOU INSIGHT
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN AN HOUR OR LESS
Your wake-up routine makes a huge difference in your day, so have one and stick to it.
Every morning, before reaching for her phone to check her e-mail, Chrissy reads over her gratitude list and meditates for at least 25 minutes. ‘This causes me to have to go to bed at a good hour to get up in time. There’s such a different feeling around waking up knowing there’s an intention I’m setting for the day,’ she explains. From there, she’ll try to make the rest of her morning as Zen as possible. ‘I will make sure I’m eating what’s going to be good for me and not, like, eating in the car and rushing. I didn’t realise how much an extra 35, 45 minutes would change my life, but it sets the tone for the whole day. It’s like, whatever happens, I’m going to figure out how to react to it in a sane way and not from a place of harried chaos.’
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May - June 2020