Lynda Johnson addresses the intense anxiety she experienced

Don’t we say “a sound mind in a sound body”? For Lynda Johnson, the pursuit of well-being is lived on all these levels. She has been running for 14 years and since 4 years she has started to meditate, which brings her great benefits. The actress, who will be Les Guys and joins the 5th cast, provides some keys to being healthy in both her body and mind.

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Lynda, we’d better follow you twice than once at the start of the school year.

Yes, I will be there from the third and final season people. I’ll come in too 5 row, where I play a detective lieutenant investigating organized crime. It will change the habits of the Valmont police a bit. Everyone has their own method and sometimes some can be questionable. Isabelle will wonder about the operation of the police station. It could break habits.

Is this your first role in the police force?

In force. Isabelle is far from me in some ways, being a woman of few words. She reveals very little of her moods and emotions. She is discreet and introverted. She is always calm even when we get angry around her. It’s interesting to play because it requires capacity.

Did you enjoy your summer?

Yes. Besides 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 outside… In the summer I eat all my meals outside unless it’s pouring rain. I’m still out! I have a garden, flowers, herbs, but I’m not the gardener. If I’m outside, it’s because I’m doing sports.

what sport do you do

I like running very much; I started 14 years ago. We have had a dog since December 2019. Thank God! During the pandemic, I had the right to take it out. It saved me! I went out every day, sometimes even twice a day. Even now I go out every day. I go for long walks. This is an activity that I write in my journal. If I’m shooting at 5 in the morning, I can’t go for an early walk, but maybe I’ll go in the evening. I need that. 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’s a form of meditation. I also started meditating four years ago. It’s a nice addition to the race.

What made you start meditating?

A friend. To be honest, I had some major prejudices against meditation. For me someone who meditated was just sitting around and doing nothing. I thought it wasn’t for me because I like to move. I have not seen the benefits of this practice. I wasn’t open to that at all. In short, we are three friends who have been celebrating birthdays together for years. Four years ago, instead of going to a restaurant, Nathalie suggested taking a meditation class with a woman who had worked in neuroscience.

And how did you find that?

I loved my experience! Along with her approach and journey, she explained how the brain works and what meditation does with it. It got to my rational side. i need to understand I appreciated his approach. This day was an initiation. The teacher suggested that we do the 40 day challenge, which is 3 minutes of meditation a day for 40 days. Of the three friends, I’m the only one who accepted the challenge. I put this appointment on the agenda and have been doing it since day one. I have found guided meditation sites that I like.

Photo: Diminic Gouin / TVA Pub

What benefits do you get from it?

From the universe. I feel a presence that I didn’t have before because I had a thousand things on my mind all the time. I felt like I was racing in my head, always chasing something. I no longer have that 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 practice. I feel more relaxed in the face of life events. I’ve developed a certain ability to stay Zen despite the chaos.

How much time do you devote to meditation each day?

No longer than 12-15 minutes. I’m pretty consistent in life and careful in the way I do things. I like to do things slowly but surely. I don’t think I’m a sprinter, but I’m a marathon runner at heart. I can get some things done quickly, but I like progressing in stages.

Consistency is a beautiful quality that is particularly difficult to acquire…

True, but it brings more balance. Chaos reigns outside. Meditating brings me a peace of mind 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 what suits us.

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

It’s true! It helped me a lot with my anxiety. I was very scared, especially when I took the plane. I love to travel, but flying was a big challenge for me. I became so anxious that I could no longer 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 huge difference. We need to take the time to stop and figure out what can help us. It’s constant work, but meditating has nothing but benefits. I also see that the people around me benefit from it…

Read the interview with Lynda Johnson in the latest issue of the magazine The week currently at the kiosk or online at

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