8 Celebrity Self-Care Tips You’ll Definitely Want To Steal
Written by: Kavata Kithome
Audre Lorde (black lesbian feminist poet) once wrote that “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.”
Choosing to focus on yourself can really be a radical act and is, in my opinion, as essential to your wellbeing as exercising and eating the right foods. But a lot of us sometimes need to be reminded to do so.
I am not one to look for the most radical way to self-care (and trust me, there are some out there), but rather find the right balance to enable me and you to live life wholly. As Jane Fonda once said, “we are all meant to be whole.”
It is all about perspective and finding the right combination tailored just for you, which is why I love these 8 celebrity self-care ideas as much as I do.
1. Treat Yourself – It is important to delight yourself with things that bring you joy. Oprah says it best…
“The best way I know for sure to stay in steady makeover mode is to take care of yourself. To feed yourself with love and loving thoughts. To eat food that’s delicious to you and to your body. To engage in loving practices, like giving yourself the gift of stillness at least five minutes a day. To surround yourself with people who bring you light and to banish all forms of negative energy.”
2. Make Your Body Happy – I firmly believe that a happy body equals an overall happier you. Kristen Bell has a great perspective on this: “Working out for me has nothing to do with body image. I refuse to look in the mirror and hate myself. My goal isn’t to change my body – it’s to make my body happy.”
3. Find Joy In The Little Things – In my opinion, this is more of an art, it is the art of stopping and being fully present to really see and find things that bring joy.
“You can’t look to… anything from the outside to fill you up, you have to find it in the small things in everyday life – which I do a million times a day: a hot cup of tea, a hummingbird. Stop, take that in, receive it, get joy from it.” Jennifer Garner told O, The Oprah Magazine. I think she may be onto something.
4. Dance Your Heart Out – Every time my sister and I get together, we always end up dancing together. There is something quite cathartic about moving your body to music.
Precious Lee (a model) told Self magazine that, “saying affirmations and dancing in the mirror has become part of my self-care routine. Dancing in general makes me feel present and alive, but adding in positive sayings to myself makes me feel empowered and puts you in the right place mentally and emotionally before you leave your home.” It seems we all need to take a page from her book.
5. Take A Hiatus – Sometimes you just need to unplug. At the end of last summer, Selena Gomez announced that she was taking time off for herself. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness,” she explained in a statement.
For me, that looks like doing a detox for the whole weekend, unplugging from social media, doing a juice fast and only surrounding myself with those people and things that bring me rejuvenation and refreshment.
6. Connect – As Lily Collins explained to Seventeen magazine, “It’s important to relate to one another about issues that you’re having, because the second you open up and someone else says, ‘Oh, me too. I feel the same way,’ then all of a sudden, you feel more at peace with yourself and you can feel more confident with who you are.” For me, I find this connection with my sister often and in those moments, I am no longer alone.
7. Purpose, Not Perfection – “It’s really about changing the conversation. It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose,” the singing sensation, Beyoncé told Elle U.K.
“We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health – take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you and treat you the way you treat yourself.” – Queen Bey may be onto something.
8. Food Is Fuel – “Getting busy and realizing that food was fuel and simply getting older,” said Lena Dunham in People was the key to body acceptance. “I really feel good with my size now,” she said.
“I know when I say that people are like, ‘mm-hmm,’ but I just do! It used to be when I went into a room with all thin women I felt like, what’s wrong with me? Now I just feel special.” Wow, we could all learn from Lena, right?
Self-care is more than just detox baths and dry brushing, it is also a mindset. Everything comes from within and when you spend time taking care of yourself internally, the rest becomes easier and easier and eventually becomes non-negotiable.
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Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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