Birthdays sometimes are used as a pivotal moment in a person’s life to make a change especially if it’s a milestone birthday. Whether you’re turning 30 and ready to start that business or you’re 50 and finally ready to check off the items on your bucket list, birthdays are a good time to reflect and conquer the next phase in your life.
For Meagan Good, turning 40 was a moment for her to make the necessary changes she needed in her life in order to be more “intentional.” The veteran actress turned 40 in August and she shared with Yahoo! Life: The Unwind about the steps she took to protect her mental health while entering a new chapter in her life.
She revealed that getting older made her realize that it was time to “look under the hood” and start focusing on her well-being.
“This year I took a moment — [turning] 40 was about to happen. Around April, I stopped drinking and really leaned into therapy. I got very intentional about [wellness] because I wanted to go into 40 with peace of mind, with unexplainable joy, with more sense of self and a wholeness,” she said.
“I have a tendency to jump over things or go around them, instead of walking through them, and this year it was about walking through things and having those days when you’re grieving something from 15 or 20 years ago. Really walking through it.”
Another thing that she has focused on is developing a self-care ritual, which helps her prepare for the day.
Working in Hollywood can be stressful for the Harlem star due to having a lot on her plate. Currently, Meagan has been on a press tour for her new series Harlem on Amazon Prime Video and so it’s important for the actress to start her day off right.
“I try to hit the reset button every morning internationally: I breathe, I pray. I make it a point not to touch my phone. I’ll put on gospel or uplifting music, something to give me strength,” she said.
“As the day goes on and if I’m in a moment where I’m stressed out, I’ll take a beat and steal away somewhere. I’ll go into myself and just breathe and pray; I’ll find that peace and reset my brain. Everything else can wait for five minutes.”
Meagan is an example of how getting older changes you and makes you grow into being more comfortable with yourself. While speaking to The Insider, the Waist Deep actress also credited her Harlem co-star Whoopi Goldberg as an inspiration to stop being a people-pleaser.
"I aspire to stop apologizing so much and know that just who I am in my heart is enough and be reminded that some people are going to get it and some people aren't and that's OK," she said. "Not everybody's your people, that's all right, you know?"
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