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Voice Coaches Radio #450 – Take care of yourselves…and each other.

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome in to Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Heller. Delighted to have you joining me here as we continue the quarantined edition of Voice Coaches Radio. The social distancing edition of Voice Coaches Radio. Coming to you live from my house here in Rotterdam, New York.

As the studios still remain closed down for the moment. We're still doing all we can to keep things as normal as possible. Whatever that means, uh, as we are all dealing with this together, hopefully everyone is doing well, is being safe, is being smart, taking care of themselves, taking care of their families as well.

And, uh, hopefully everyone's feeling all right. Hopefully everyone is feeling all right. A couple of quick things that we want to get into, uh, today. And it really does actually have to deal with what we're going through right now. Cause what we're going through right now is unlike anything I think most of us have, uh, have really ever seen.

Um, most of us weren't alive for the, uh, the last real pandemic that came through, the last, uh, you know, you think back to the, uh, uh, to the influenza, uh, pandemic that happened, uh, gosh, almost a hundred years ago now. I don't think most of us were alive for that. So this is really a, uh, a new phenomena for, for a lot of us and there's a lot of change going on.

But it's so important for us to stay healthy, and I don't just mean staying healthy physically, obviously that is super important, but to also say, to also stay healthy mentally, because right now we are being, uh, we're being stressed in ways that I don't think most of us have ever been stressed before, uh, and Trust me, we were already stressed out enough as it is.

So, we really want to make sure we're taking care of ourselves. Um, for those of you who don't know, and I don't know if I've mentioned it in the past, but, uh, obviously, I've talked about my running, but I am also an assistant coach at a, a local CrossFit gym here in the area, and we are still, obviously, we're not open, but, uh, we're still doing, you know, programming workouts for the entire, uh, you know, the, our, our, all our students, all our, all our members to do from home.

We're creating Zoom classes so we can, you know, Uh, kind of do them as a group together, we're posting scores, we're, we're, we're posting things, trying to stay as close as we can as a community, because staying active and staying healthy is so very important. Obviously, we're trying to stave off, uh, the, the, the COVID 19, obviously that's of the utmost importance, and that's why we're staying in our houses, that's why we're keeping six feet away from, from everyone, it's why everything's kind of closed down for the moment.

But staying healthy doesn't just mean not getting the flu, it also means staying healthy. Alright, moving, getting outside, doing something. Movement is medicine. Remember that, movement is medicine. You gotta keep moving, right? Get up, go for a walk. The weather is starting to turn nice, even though it did snow like a half a foot a week ago, so that was kind of a cruel joke.

But anyway, uh, assuming it doesn't do that, the weather is starting to turn a little bit nicer. Get outside. Go for a walk. Again, be smart about it. Don't go into groups of people, obviously. But go for a run if you can go for a run. Go for a walk. Just do something. Get moving. Remember, movement is medicine.

We have to keep our bodies moving to keep ourselves healthy. I mean, again, this has nothing to do with voice acting and everything to do with voice acting. Because if we're not healthy, really doesn't matter. So we need to make sure we're keeping ourselves healthy physically. And again, anything I can do to help with that, as I said, I am currently an assistant coach, uh, at a, uh, at a CrossFit affiliate here in Albany, New York.

I'd be happy to, you know, offer any advice that I can, uh, if people are trying to get out, trying to get moving and don't know what to do. Be happy to help out with that as much as I can podcasted voice coaches. com quickest way to get in touch with me Now there's something else I want to talk about as well And this is going to be a little bit personal for me.

So, uh, bear with me for a moment however, I have for oh gosh a long time now 20 plus years well Maybe not 20 years, maybe about 15 or so years been dealing with, uh, pretty bad anxiety issues. I've taken medication for it on and off over the past 15 plus years, really kind of came to a head when I was in college, uh, was diagnosed officially with social anxiety and panic disorder.

I would have massive, massive panic attacks, uh, that would make it very difficult for me to leave my apartment at times, or leave my dorm at times, made it very difficult for me to be in groups of people, um. I do a pretty good job of handling it, but still every now and again, those panic attacks set in, that anxiety sets in.

And usually it happens for seemingly no reason at all. Usually it happens, I don't know why, it just kind of happens. Right now, there's pretty good reason for it. There's a pretty good reason to be anxious right now, because the world is literally upside down at the moment. And, uh, I know I'm not alone in saying that there are times where I'm having a difficulty dealing with this.

Difficulty dealing with the long term ramifications of this. Uh, and I have had a number of panic attacks, and I have had some anxiety issues pop up over the past few weeks because of this, and because of the unknown that we're all facing at this time. And times it has been tough. I kind of vacillate between everything's gonna be fine, we're gonna be totally okay, we'll get through this, it's not as bad as we think it is, to the other side!

In which this is the worst thing in the world. We're all gonna die and the world is basically ending as we know it. Welcome to the apocalypse. I basically swing back and forth on a pendulum from there to there. It's super healthy. Um, but I do want to throw this out there for those of you who deal with anxiety issues.

And there may be those of you who've never dealt with anxiety issues and currently are. Panic attacks, they are no fun. They are no fun, I can tell you that from experience. If you need to talk. Let me know. Let us know, okay? We are here not just to give you advice and to give you, you know, some thoughts on voice acting, but we are a community here.

We're a family here at Voice Coaches, and we are looking out for each other's well being, not just physically, but also mentally. Emotionally, spiritually, we're going to do the best we can. So if you need to talk, let us know. [email protected] is the quickest way to get in touch with me. You can always give us a call as well.

Send us an email. We are happy to talk, talk about what's going on, talk about what you're going through, talk about nothing at all. Unfortunately, my kind of go to is sports and well, there are no sports right now. So. That's been pretty crippling for me, but whatever it is, if you want to discuss what you're going through, if you want to discuss anything but that.

Let me know. We're here to lend an ear. We're here to be a sounding board. Whether it's voice acting, whether it's just, you know, getting up every morning and dealing with an uncertain world which has never been as uncertain as it seems right now. These are tough times. I'm dealing with it. I know very well that.

But I also know that there are a lot of people out there dealing with this, dealing with this as well, and may not be used to dealing with this, may not understand what's going on, you know, with themselves emotionally and mentally. So please, I beg of you, if you need to talk, let us know. Because as I said, this isn't just a place for us to talk about voice acting, this is a community here at Voice Coaches and at Voice Coaches Radio.

This is a family, and we look out for each other. So... I thank you all for tuning in again this week. I certainly hope that next time we get a chance to talk it'll be back in the studio, but I don't know. But I don't know. What I do know is that I am here for you. I know you guys are here for each other. So let me know if there's anything that I can do to help out.

[email protected] Like I said, the quickest way to get in touch with me for any reason whatsoever. Do not hesitate. Okay? Be safe everyone. Uh, I think of this now because I'm staying home quite a lot. But when I used to stay home from, uh, from school when I was sick, I would watch trash TV because that's what I did.

And, uh, I used to watch, um, The Jerry Springer Show because I was This is Jerry Springer's show. Come on, you all watched it. That was, uh, you used to watch, of course, after, uh, after The Price is Right. Um, and, uh, and, but, but he would end his show the same way, and, uh, and, and I'll end my show here today the same way.

It's take care of yourselves and each other. Thanks again for tuning in here to Voice Coaches Radio. We will be back next week. Hopefully you will be as well. Hopefully we'll have a little bit more clarity, but one never knows. But again, let us know if there's anything we can do to help, as we love you all and we appreciate every single one of you.

And until next time, so long, everyone. Visit voice coaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

Voice Coaches producer Josh reflects on quarantine and discusses the importance of self-care and maintaining mental and physical health.