I founded CHI Talent Management in May 2020, after 10 plus years working in talent representation in New York. The 30 plus clients I represent have been seen on Broadway and in national tours of Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jesus Christ Superstar. Films include Otherhood, Standing Up, Falling Down, Boogie and Vampires vs. the Bronx. On television, my clients have appeared in The Deuce, Fosse/Verdon, Power, Gotham, Snowfall, Bull, Madam Secretary, The Code, Alternatino, Godfather of Harlem, Law & Order: SVU, FBI and Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

Although I cannot control when the entertainment industry will be back to normal, I can control how I maintain a healthy work-life balance and manage my personal stress. I realized that working long hours on little sleep was burning me out, so I made an active decision to practice better self-care and make myself a priority again. “Put your oxygen mask on first,” and you will serve yourself and everyone around you better.

Whether you used to work in a spacious office and now have a cramped closet as an at-home workspace, or are juggling teaching your children in between client calls and Zoom meetings, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in everyone’s work situation. For some, such as myself, it meant losing your job and deciding to go entrepreneurial and launch a start-up business in the midst of one of the nation’s most devastating economic climates. We are all feeling the growing pains that come with the changes COVID-19 brought our way. Now more than ever, at a time when most of us are working from home and the lines between work hours and personal life can blur, it is essential that we establish a strong work-life balance.

If COVID-19 has left you feeling overworked and stressed, here are some tips on how to practice self-care and create a better work-life balance for yourself.