We're Stealing These Celebrity Self-Care Tips & You Should Too
It's no secret our celebrity faves are #goals in more ways than we can count. But there's nothing like looking up to a celebrity who has mastered the art of self-care. The best part is, they've offered up their go-to ways to practice it, and we can start doing them today. While they might be on top of the world, they've proven that even superwomen need time to intentionally practice self-care, and it might not be as difficult as you think. In fact, all of us can start these habits today:
Michelle Obama Says Self-Care Is Connecting With Loved Ones To Vent & Release
Now we know our forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama has her self-care in check. Her trick is to withdraw from the hustle and take a day to refresh and restore. But this doesn't mean that she's hanging out solo. She told Women's Health:
"I reach out to friends, my mom, my girlfriends; I vent, I release, I have sounding boards…"
And it's safe to say we all need moments like this, especially when you're known as the strong friend. She added that the key is knowing when to give yourself a timeout before you get back into the game.
Serena Williams Says Self-Care Is Ignoring Negativity & Loving Herself
Serena Williams' self-care routine includes forgetting the haters and focusing on herself so she can keep her confidence and her mental sanity. She told Elle:
"I was constantly told I was too muscular, or I wasn't pretty enough to be a tennis player. I learned to ignore the negativity and look inwards to truly love myself."
She said she's the one who's in control of how she feels and responds to the negativity, so she decides to pay it all dust. I think we can all take notes.
Viola Davis Says Self-Care Is A Deep Tissue Massage & A Chiropractor
Viola Davis always plays a strong character on the small and big screens, and she has even more strength in person. How? Self-care of course. She told Refinery 29:
"If I don't take care of myself and I'm taking care of my daughter or husband or whatever – I'm running on fumes. I have nothing left to give."
She said she regroups by getting a deep-tissue massage (yes God!), visiting the doctor, spa, and chiropractor on the regular. She revealed she feels like she can face anything when she embraces these practices and takes care of herself from the inside-out.
Issa Rae Says Self-Care Is A Hot Toddy & A Podcast
"I typically make a hot toddy (using orange tea and Fireball Whiskey), lie out on my chaise, and listen to a podcast…"
While she's busy making the rest of us laugh, she said she likes to focus on shows that fit what she needs at the time, whether it's getting in some humor or staying knowledgeable about current events. Either way, knowing that Issa practices self-care makes us love her all the more.
Laverne Cox Says Self-Care Is Investing In A Therapist
Laverne Cox has no shame in keeping a therapist on speed dial to avoid missing a beat in self-care. Laverne said during an interview with NBC:
"I have an amazing new therapist."
She said it has helped her, especially considering the idea that most of us have experienced intense trauma before we even realize what happened. It's so understandable to need a therapist to step in, or even just help us with our day-to-day so we can process every aspect of our lives.
Tracee Ellis Ross Says Self-Care Is Getting Sleep & Drinking Lots Of Water
"My beauty regime is about what I put in my body, so it's about getting my sleep and drinking lots of water. I love water out of glass, not out of plastic. I'm big on hydrating."
We're here for Tracee drinking her water and minding the business that pays her.
Angela Rye Says Self-Care Is Talking To Her Parents
It's no secret political activist and CNN Analyst Angela Rye has taken on the charge to fight for all things Black, no matter who she has to go head-to-head with. And even this queen takes time to look after herself as often as she needs to. Her habit is a little different than we might expect, which actually makes it pretty amazing. She told ESSENCE she talks to her parents every day, and even sometimes multiple times a day:
"I love talking to them because it keeps me grounded and it keeps me centered on my mission and on what really matters."
Erykah Badu Says Self-Care Is Drinking Water & Green Juice
"I get up. Drink a lot of water. Have a wheatgrass shot. Drink some green juice. Eat as healthy as I can."
She added that she also takes a salt bath regularly. While we knew her self-care routine would include all things holistic, she made a great point and said she values self-care because her parents couldn't afford to.
"I'm blessed to do anything I want so I decided to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally."
And we definitely love it all.
Oprah Winfrey Says Self-Care Is Spiritual Renewal Sundays
Oprah Winfrey's self-care habit is surprisingly one that we can all indulge in. She wrote in her magazine O:
"I 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."
If Oprah can find time to have a lazy day in her pajamas, so can we. In fact, I'm convinced her taking this personal "me time" is what's helped her get so far and become the mogul she is today.
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Exclusive: Gabrielle Union On Radical Transparency, Being Diagnosed With Perimenopause And Embracing What’s Next
Whenever Gabrielle Union graces the movie screen, she immediately commands attention. From her unforgettable scenes in films like Bring It On and Two Can Play That Game to her most recent film, in which she stars and produces Netflix’s The Perfect Find, there’s no denying that she is that girl.
Off-screen, she uses that power for good by sharing her trials and tribulations with other women in hopes of helping those who may be going through the same things or preventing them from experiencing them altogether. Recently, the Flawless by Gabrielle Union founder partnered with Clearblue to speak at the launch of their Menopause Stage Indicator, where she also shared her experience with being perimenopausal.
In a xoNecoleexclusive, the iconic actress opens up about embracing this season of her life, new projects, and overall being a “bad motherfucker.” Gabrielle reveals that she was 37 years old when she was diagnosed with perimenopause and is still going through it at 51 years old. Mayo Clinic says perimenopause “refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.”
“I haven't crossed over the next phase just yet, but I think part of it is when you hear any form of menopause, you automatically think of your mother or grandmother. It feels like an old-person thing, but for me, I was 37 and like not understanding what that really meant for me. And I don't think we focus so much on the word menopause without understanding that perimenopause is just the time before menopause,” she tells us.
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"But you can experience a lot of the same things during that period that people talk about, that they experienced during menopause. So you could get a hot flash, you could get the weight gain, the hair loss, depression, anxiety, like all of it, mental health challenges, all of that can come, you know, at any stage of the menopausal journey and like for me, I've been in perimenopause like 13, 14 years. When you know, most doctors are like, ‘Oh, but it's usually about ten years, and I'm like, ‘Uhh, I’m still going (laughs).’”
Conversations about perimenopause, fibroids, and all the things that are associated with women’s bodies have often been considered taboo and thus not discussed publicly. However, times are changing, and thanks to the Gabrielle’s and the Tia Mowry’s, more women are having an authentic discourse about women’s health. These open discussions lead to the creation of more safe spaces and support for one another.
“I want to be in community with folks. I don't ever want to feel like I'm on an island about anything. So, if I can help create community where we are lacking, I want to be a part of that,” she says. “So, it's like there's no harm in talking about it. You know what I mean? Like, I was a bad motherfucker before perimenopause. I’m a bad motherfucker now, and I'll be a bad motherfucker after menopause. Know what I’m saying? None of that has to change. How I’m a bad motherfucker, I welcome that part of the change. I'm just getting better and stronger and more intelligent, more wise, more patient, more compassionate, more empathetic. All of that is very, very welcomed, and none of it should be scary.”
The Being Mary Jane star hasn’t been shy about her stance on therapy. If you don’t know, here’s a hint: she’s all for it, and she encourages others to try it as well. She likens therapy to dating by suggesting that you keep looking for the right therapist to match your needs. Two other essential keys to her growth are radical transparency and radical acceptance (though she admits she is still working on the latter).
"I was a bad motherfucker before perimenopause. I’m a bad motherfucker now, and I'll be a bad motherfucker after menopause. Know what I’m saying? None of that has to change. How I’m a bad motherfucker, I welcome that part of the change."
Gabrielle Union and Kaavia Union-Wade
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“I hope that a.) you recognize that you're not alone. Seek out help and know that it's okay to be honest about what the hell is happening in your life. That's the only way that you know you can get help, and that's also the only other way that people know that you are in need if there's something going on,” she says, “because we have all these big, very wild, high expectations of people, but if they don't know what they're actually dealing with, they're always going to be failing, and you will always be disappointed. So how about just tell the truth, be transparent, and let people know where you are. So they can be of service, they can be compassionate.”
Gabrielle’s transparency is what makes her so relatable, and has so many people root for her. Whether through her TV and film projects, her memoirs, or her social media, the actress has a knack for making you feel like she’s your homegirl. Scrolling through her Instagram, you see the special moments with her family, exciting new business ventures, and jaw-dropping fashion moments. Throughout her life and career, we’ve seen her evolve in a multitude of ways. From producing films to starting a haircare line to marriage and motherhood, her journey is a story of courage and triumph. And right now, in this season, she’s asking, “What’s next?”
“This is a season of discovery and change. In a billion ways,” says the NAACP Image Award winner. “The notion of like, ‘Oh, so and so changed. They got brand new.’ I want you to be brand new. I want me to be brand new. I want us to be always constantly growing, evolving. Having more clarity, moving with different purpose, like, and all of that is for me very, very welcomed."
"I want you to be brand new. I want me to be brand new. I want us to be always constantly growing, evolving. Having more clarity, moving with different purpose, like, and all of that is for me very, very welcomed."
She continues, “So I'm just trying to figure out what's next. You know what I mean? I'm jumping into what's next. I'm excited going into what's next and new. I'm just sort of embracing all of what life has to offer.”
Look out for Gabrielle in the upcoming indie film Riff Raff, which is a crime comedy starring her and Jennifer Coolidge, and she will also produce The Idea of You, which stars Anne Hathaway.
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If you haven’t scrolled upon Olivia McDowell's TikTok famous dinner parties, you may need to reconfigure your "For You Page."
What began as a passion for hosting aesthetically themed meals for her closest friends has quickly become a viral sensation. With an astonishing 12 million viewers, women describe Olivia’s picturesque dinner parties as the “dream girls' night,” complete with classy cocktails, beautiful table settings, elegant outfits, and, most importantly, food plated to perfection.
Seemingly reigniting the feminine urge to host fancy dinner parties, Olivia has perfected the finer details. Overlooking the skyline in her beautiful NYC apartment, she never fails to make her signature handmade pasta dishes while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic in the wardrobe of dreams while doing so.
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What I love most about hosting intimate dinners for close friends are the connections and relationships that form over food. They don't require a caviar budget with a high-rise apartment, it just takes determination and a little creativity. Watching Olivia’s journey inspires viewers to be a part of a community of positive and uplifting women who share common interests and tastes in food, fashion, and decor. Simply stated, she’s raising the bar of friendship goals.
If you’re aspiring to host a holiday-themed dinner party this season, check out the four tips that will guide you along the way.
Choose Your Theme
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Set the ambiance with a thoughtful theme, which will indeed be your guiding light for less stress during the planning process. Establishing a theme sets the tone for everything else to fall in place, such as menus, table design, and presentation. For example, a holiday-inspired dinner party is a perfect occasion for elegant all-white decor paired with draped table cloths, pillar candles lit atop luxe holders, floating floral arrangements, and, for a personal touch, handwritten place settings.
Utilizing free resources such as Canva for menu templates and creating a “Dinner Party” moodboard via Pinterest is perfect for gathering dinner inspiration for themes, decor, and recipes for the special occasion.
Simplify the Menu
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Don’t overcomplicate the menu. A simple dinner party formula to use as your guide to making sure your guests leave full of food and joy is appetizers, salads, entrees, sides, desserts, and beverages. As a starter, assemble an aesthetic spread that your guest can nibble on while awaiting the main course with starters such as bread, cheese, jam, nuts, and fruit. A simple salad will do, complete with a light dressing right before your entree. For a main dish, pasta recipes always go a long way and also allows your guests to interact with one another, which leads to McDowell's third dinner party hosting tip.
Include an Interactive Element
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To break the ice and encourage guests to get to know one another, introduce interactive elements to the evening. Moments of interaction allow everyone to connect, like capturing content for social media or memorializing the essence of the night through fun Polaroids. Olivia also encourages her guests to participate in the pasta-making dinner process as a group, or if hosting a brunch, her friends indulge in building their own coffee bar as an opportunity for forming connections and conversation starters. Group board or card games are also great for laughs and healthy competition to help get the vibes flowing.
Don’t Forget the Dress code
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Tis’ the season for glamour and sparkles, so why not go all out with a super chic dress code? You can’t have a picture-perfect holiday dinner party without the coordinating attire to match. When planning, make sure to make the required attire specific yet broad enough for a range of personalities and preferences to comfortably partake while looking stunning doing so.
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