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WEDNESDAY WISDOM with Nicola Salter

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Any Exit Out of Anxiety

Yes, we made it through 2020. Barely. And this Wednesday is the last #WednesdayWisdom of the so-called dumpster fire year. I wanted to end with soothing and practical wisdom from one of my great healers Nicola Salter. Anxiety is a jumbled mess of saying that your body is looking for “any exit” to not feel the cortisol dump that is happening. So here are some recommendations to immediately give the healthy exit for anxiety – whether you are trying to avoid a family catastrophe this holiday season or stepping back into the audition room.

Nicola Salter is an international Mentor, Quantum Field Practitioner, Heart Math Coach, Educator, Author.

To manage your anxiety (during this holiday season) and build more coherence prior to and during an audition, I recommend you practice some breath-work called Heart Focused Breathing. This is a quick and easy technique to reset your emotions, and rewire your brain. It is used widely to calm anxiety on the spot and help you become centered.

  • Simply inhale through your nose and exhale out through your mouth for a count of 4-6.
  • Focus on the center of your chest and imagine your breath flowing in and out of your heart
  • Activate a feeling of gratitude for someone, or a place , or animal in your life that fills you up with thankfulness, or a time that you can feel proud of
  • Anchor this gratitude into your heart

Practice this for at least 3-4 minutes and notice how your mood changes and how you calm down.

You can also add the use of lavender essential oil, simply by adding a couple of drops to your temples and the back of your neck. When you smell Lavender it releases serotonin and dopamine from the brain to calm you down.

You can find a video and more details of these calming techniques in How to Calm and Decode Your Emotions, Your Self Care Toolkit to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Overwhelm.




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096: Travis Van Winkle

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An Ascending Loop of Frustration and Mastery

Travis Van Winkle was born in California, however his mom and dad’s Air Force responsibilities would have him living in Michigan and Georgia, before he eventually made his way to Hollywood at the age of twenty.

He would kick off his career and seamlessly transition between both television and film, with leading roles in features including Paramount’s Friday the 13th, Transformers, Fox’s Meet the Spartans, and the Universal comedy Accepted. In 2014, he began a starring run on TNT’s high-concept drama, The Last Ship, which lasted 5 seasons, and most recently alongside Alan Cumming in the CBS summer drama Instinct. Some of his memorable television recurring and guest appearances include; CW’s Hart of Dixie, ABC’S Happy Endings, 90210, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica Mars, The O.C., and his personal favorite That’s So Raven.

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“We all have this unlimited potential and we’re the only ones that block it.”

“It’s a really beautiful journey, becoming an actor. It’s always asking me to get to know, not only myself more, but to get to know humanity more.”

“Life is an ascending loop of frustration and mastery.”

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