It's true that we all have as many hours in the day as Beyonce, but Beyonce needs you to know that Beyonce wasn't built in an hour… or a day… or a week for that matter.
The culture says we should work harder than we sleep to really be bosses but Beyonce knows that mental stability can get you in doors that hustling can't. In a recent and rare interview with ELLE, Beyonce removed the veil and told us how she really feels about finding a work-life balance, and according to her, the struggle is just as real as it is for most of us:
"I think the most stressful thing for me is balancing work and life. Making sure I am present for my kids—dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family—all while running a company can be challenging. Juggling all of those roles can be stressful, but I think that's life for any working mom."
According to Beyonce, fame doesn't make you immune to Superwoman Syndrome, a malady of the mind that many of us as black women are very familiar with. Although the 38-year-old mother-of-three used to let the grind, grind her to death, she refuses to fall victim to the notion that she must be everything at all times.
"Many of us grew up seeing our parents act as if they were superheroes. Most women have been conditioned to ignore symptoms and just 'tough it out' and focus on taking care of everyone else before themselves. I am no longer one of those people."
Bey explained that she made her newfound perspective a reality after enduring a difficult pregnancy with her twins and deciding to take a year-long hiatus from the industry to focus on getting her mind all the way right. She explained:
"After having a difficult pregnancy, I took a year to focus on my health. I have researched information on homeopathic medicines. I don't just put any prescription in my body. My diet is important, and I use tools like acupuncture, meditation, visualization, and breathing exercises."
According to Bey, she is 100% focused on living her best life, which means embracing her fluctuating weight and giving no f*cks about the pregnancy rumors. Along with acupuncture, meditation, and deep breathing, Beyonce says that saying no has been the ultimate act of self-care:
"The more I mature, the more I understand my value. I realized I had to take control of my work and my legacy because I wanted to be able to speak directly to my fans in an honest way. I wanted my words and my art to come directly from me. There were things in my career that I did because I didn't understand that I could say no. We all have more power than we realize."
To check out the full interview, click here!
Featured image by Melina Matsoukas for ELLE.