Quantcast

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.

Celebrity News

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?"

Featured image by Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

Did you know that xoNecole has a podcast? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to join us for weekly convos over cocktails (without the early morning hangover.)

Have you been dreaming about your 2022 travel goals? If so, consider adding Mexico City to your list of ‘must-visit’ places. Mexico City is the perfect place for solo travelers. As a digital nomad, Mexico City has been one of my favorite places to work remotely from, build community, and explore all the unique neighborhoods.

Keep reading... Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.

So, it was about this time last year when I penned “12 Monthly Self-Love Themes That Will Make This Your Best Year Yet” for the site. And in the spirit of cultivating even more love, I thought it would be cool to create 12 themes, specifically for married couples — things that can help them to not just “stay married” but thrive and flourish within their union as well.

Keep reading... Show less

Have you ever had a dating, relationship, or hook-up experience that went so wrong you started questioning yourself? Is there something wrong with me? Did I somehow set the wrong expectation? Whether we want to admit it or not, a lot of us can identify with these feelings. That’s why I’m so happy that shows like Tracy Oliver’s Harlem exist to let us know we’re not alone.

Keep reading... Show less

Truth is, you can’t run from an idea that visits you every day and as we settle into another new year there's no better time to quit putting off that daydream and make it a reality, even if only part-time. When launching a business, taking it from an idea to reality isn't easy, however, I’m a strong believer that hard work and determination pay off for those that hustle. For fashion designer Megan Smith of Megan Renee, launching her namesake womenswear label was always the plan but it didn't happen overnight.

Keep reading... Show less

In I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings, poet and author Maya Angelou details the five-year period of her childhood when she was mute – unable to speak – after the man who had raped her was murdered shortly after being released from jail. “My voice killed that man,” Angelou recounts in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on how her seven-year-old logic led to her years-long bout of self-imposed silence. It was only through her voracious love of the written word that she would eventually reclaim her voice.

Keep reading... Show less
Exclusive Interviews

Boris Kodjoe And Nicole Ari Parker Know “When To Bring Work Home” For Their New Film 'Safe Room'

The husband-and-wife dream team have found their sweet spot.

Latest Posts