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Lynda Johnson copes with the intense anxiety she was experiencing

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Don’t you say “healthy mind in a healthy body”? For Lynda Johnson, the pursuit of well-being is experienced on all these levels. She has been running for 14 years and, for 4 years, she has been meditating, which is of great benefit to her. The actress, who will be Les Guys and who joins the 5th grade cast, provides some keys to feeling good in her body and mind.

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Lynda, we can follow you twice instead of once at the beginning of the school year.

Yes, I will be from the third and final season of Boys. I’m coming too 5 lines, where I play an investigative lieutenant who investigates organized crime. He’s gonna change the Valmont police habits a bit. Everyone has their own method and sometimes some can be questionable. Isabelle wonders about the functioning of the police station. She might break habits.

Is this your first police role?

Indeed. Isabelle is far from me in some respects, as she is a woman of few words. She lets her moods and her emotions show very little. She is discreet and introverted. She is always calm, even if we get angry with her. She is interesting to play because she requires skill.


Could you enjoy your summer?

Yes. Along with spring, summer is my favorite season. I love the heat, even if I can’t stand it well! (laughs) I still try to have fun in the winter, skiing, being outdoors … In the summer, unless there is torrential rain, I eat all my meals outdoors. I’m still out! I have a yard, flowers, herbs, but I’m not the gardener. If I’m out, it’s because I play a sport.

Which sport do you play?

I really like running; I started 14 years ago. We have a dog since December 2019. Thank goodness! During the pandemic, I had the right to take it off. He saved me! I went out every day, sometimes even twice a day. Even now I go out every day. I take long walks. This is an activity that I write in my diary. If I shoot at 5 in the morning, I can’t go for a walk early, but I could go in the evening. I need this. And running is an outlet for me, it allows me to channel my stress and keep my heart healthy. I don’t think about anything when I run. It is a form of meditation. I also started meditating four years ago. It is a nice complement to the race.

What prompted you to dedicate yourself to meditation?

A friend. I honestly had a big bias about meditation. For me, someone who meditated was just sitting and doing nothing. I felt that he was not for me, because I like to move. I haven’t seen the benefits of this practice. I was not at all open to this. In short, we are three friends who have been celebrating our birthdays together for years. Four years ago Nathalie suggested that instead of going to a restaurant, we take a meditation class with a woman who had worked in neuroscience.

And how did you find it?

I loved my experience! In addition to his approach and journey, he explained how the brain works and what meditation does to it. He has come to my rational side. I need to understand. I appreciated his approach. This day was an initiation. The teacher suggested doing the 40-day challenge, which consists of 3 minutes of meditation per day for 40 days. Of the three friends, I am the only one who has taken up the challenge. I have put this appointment on the agenda and have been doing it from day one. I have found guided meditation sites that I like.


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What are the benefits you derive from it?

From space. I feel a quality of presence that I did not have before, because I constantly had a thousand things in my head. I felt like I was running around in my head, always following something. I no longer have this impression at all. And it helps me to be in the present moment. We talk about it a lot, but between saying it and being able to do it, it’s a constant exercise. I feel calmer in the face of life events. I have developed a certain ability to remain Zen despite the chaos.

How much time do you spend on meditation each day?

No more than 12-15 minutes. I am quite constant in life and careful in my way of doing things. I like to do things slowly but surely. I don’t think I’m a sprinter, but a marathoner at heart. I can do some things quickly, but I like to progress step by step.

Consistency is a beautiful quality, particularly difficult to acquire …

True, but it brings more balance. There is chaos outside. Meditating brings me an inner calm that we all have, but I didn’t know how to access it. Some prefer to read. We are all different. We just have to find the one that suits us.

We have nothing to lose by sitting in silence for three minutes every day …

It’s true! Me, she has helped me a lot with my anxiety. I was very anxious, especially when I got on the plane. I love to travel, but flying was a big challenge for me. I became so anxious that I couldn’t read, eat or watch a movie. My anxiety level was very high. After a few months of meditation, I got on a plane and saw a big difference. We must take the time to stop to find what can help us. It is constant work, but meditating has only benefits. Also, I see that people around me take advantage of it …

Read the interview with Lynda Johnson in the latest issue of the magazine The week currently on newsstands, or online at jemagazine.ca

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