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Self-Care For Idris Elba Means Cutting Back On Social Media

Whoever told you self-care can't be masculine was a damn lie and Idris Elba is here to prove it.

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Whoever told you self-care can't be masculine was a damn lie and Idris Elba is here to prove it. Celebrities aren't immune to burnout and in Fast Company's Secrets of the Most Productive People segment, Idris spilled the details on how he keeps "the grind" from grinding him to death. The actor, who says that he plans his schedule out yearly, explained that even as a child, he's always been preoccupied with keeping himself busy.

"I'm an only child, and growing up it was a constant challenge to entertain myself. I've been keeping busy my whole life: I'm primarily an actor, but I've been DJing since I was a teenager. I'm a producer and a director. I've done fashion collaborations, and I have a music label."

Idris also noted that he has just as hard of a time putting down his phone as we do. When it comes to social media, the 47-year-old actor explained that he's intentional about logging off to preserve his peace of mind:

"I've been trying to wean myself off. I used to post a lot more, but it's been putting me off lately. And Twitter's just not how I want to receive my news. I read the news aggregated on my iPad, but I can't check it constantly—I'm not proud of it, but it's true—because it makes me feel depressed."

While checking your phone first thing in the morning may feel instinctual, Idris says he's made a habit out of replacing his morning scroll with daily meditations:

"I'll just sit in the dark, stare, and try not to do anything. Just clear my mind and decompress."

Along with making sure to be in bed by 9 or 10 at night, Idris also says DJing and creating music are two of his ways of working self-care into his regular routine, but this salt-and-pepper chocolate drop isn't the only male celebrity who's up on his self-care game. Here's how 3 other celebrity men practice self-care to prevent burnout:

Common On Meditation & Self-Recovery: 

Since the release of his book, Let Love Have the Last Word, Common has been on a very public journey to self-recovery and we are here for all of it. Along with scheduling meditation sessions and visiting wellness sanctuaries, Common also makes great use of his alone time:

"I form my own way of meditating. People think I'm using the bathroom all the time. But sometimes I go in there to get my space, to just center myself."

Big Sean On Mental Health & Self-Care: 

Last year, Big Sean announced that he was taking some time away from music to focus on his mental health and self-care never looked sexier:

"I started realizing that you can't give or depend on somebody for a good time if you can't give it to yourself. So, I started doing things by myself, doing things I never thought I'd do, like going skydiving or whatever I thought was fun, just doing it. In the midst, I definitely rediscovered myself and found a whole new energy, and me being the source of it and not somebody else."

Keith Powers On Anxiety & Mental Health: 

Keith Powers recently opened up about his battle with anxiety and shared this simple lifehack that will level up your mental health game for the better:

"I think writing in your journal is very important. It's very underrated, but it feels good to just get all of that down on paper, you know, to be able to write that on paper and write why you may be having anxiety, you know what I'm saying?"

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