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Practice Self-Care With These Celebrity Wellness Tips

Honour your mind and body

In a world that glorifies hard work, celebrities play a crucial role in steering the wellness revolution — normalising the concept of rest and making it acceptable even for the rest of us mere mortals. Read on to find out the top tips for better living and oodles of self-care goodness from your favourite stars. 

Gabourey Sidibe

“One day, I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.” 

Despite being an Academy Award nominee, accomplished actor and writer, Gabourey has been on the receiving end of unsolicited comments about her body and her body of work. It’s easy to tell someone to ignore hurtful comments, it takes individual strength to turn it into a mantra for a better tomorrow.

Oprah Winfrey

"I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal — a day when I do absolutely nothing. I sit in my jammies or take a walk and I allow myself time to BE — capital B-E — with myself."

We’ll never be as busy as the queen of talk shows and the owner of OWN herself, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relate to her self-care practices. Oprah is all about stepping away from the big picture and taking time to focus on yourself for a more well-rounded existence.

Kelly Ripa

"I like what exercise does for my mind. If I've had a bad day, if I'm feeling stressed out, if I'm feeling overwhelmed — it takes it all away. It's my antidote for everything. If I feel any sort of emotional upheaval, I go for a jog and I feel better."

Everybody knows how great exercise is for your mood and your overall health. It provides you with a shot of endorphins after every workout, adding to that feel good factor and being stronger only helps you tackle daily challenges better. Kelly and many other celebrities attribute their well-being and we don’t see any reason you shouldn’t as well.

Michelle Obama

"I reach out to friends, my mom, my girlfriends; I vent, I release, I have sounding boards.”

When things start to get a little crazy for the former First Lady, she reaches out to her nearest and dearest to keep her grounded. Talking is not the easiest method for everyone, it really allows a person to let go of daily pressures and burdens, simply by sharing your troubles with a listening ear.

Arianna Huffington

“Sleep your way to the top!”

Sleep advocate and media mogul Arianna Huffington swore herself to better sleep habits after passing out from exhaustion at work and breaking her jaw. She believes that people are in a sleep deprivation crisis and need to take steps to care for themselves through better and more fulfilling sleep. 

Gisele Bündchen

“I make sure that every day I have some sacred time for myself, so I can recharge. Meditation has been a wonderful tool. I notice that when I don’t take the time to do it, I am not as centred, patient or clear.”

This supermodel is no stranger to the pressures of her industry, and takes the initiative to make herself calmer and more centred amidst the chaos of her work and personal life. She believes that meditation works wonders for her and makes her a more patient and loving person who acts with clarity and conviction. 

(Cover photo from: @gisele)

Next, read what these inspiring icons say about mental health.