What does self-care mean to you?
I think self-care really means doing that which lights you up. The thing that makes you wake up with excitement — to learn, to grow, to improve, to be with people who really see you and love you for who you are. Self-care includes making sure my body is healthy… doing a little bit of working out, even 20 or 30 minutes, three or four times a week. I also eat really healthy. A big one for me is community, and having great love in my life and a beautiful child, and really loving what I do.
Describe your self-care ritual.
I get a 90-minute massage once a week, which I think is so important. I think people should prioritize body work over going out one night. I don’t spend money on coffee, so I put money towards regular body work and it’s so worth it. I pretty much only drink hot water with lemon and ginger, constantly flushing my body and my liver. I always have a glass of hot water next to my computer everywhere I go; I do this so that I’m constantly hydrated (and peeing clear! It’s how you know you’re hydrated, when it’s not yellow, so check your pee.) And of course, just eating well; I have coconut rice and vegetables most days, some chicken if it’s organic and some fish, a very clean and pretty much Japanese-ish diet. I see my friends once or twice a week, which I think is so important for your soul. I love being around people who inspire me — I’m very inspired by all of my friends — and I love spending time with people who are living their authentic truth, who live openly. And that’s it; living in pure truth.
Wow, I just started doing Transcendental Meditation, and it’s really light touch and it’s ultimately allowing your body to be in a deep, restful state twice a day. Allowing it to heal and repair and letting your cortisol levels go down, you get out of “fight or flight,” and it really gives you the space to think straight, think clearly and give yourself a “beat” before you react. For me, being an entrepreneur and having to react a lot, this really supports me in giving me that moment before I react, and giving me the space to think clearly and more effectively.. Some meditations are hard for me to just sit there, but TM is a vacation...like being at the ocean. You allow thoughts to come in and you gently let them go. It’s a really unique practice and it’s the first time in my life where I look forward to meditation. It’s just giving yourself the space to think clearly. To just be and allow what comes and constantly get in line with your mantra without effort. To give my body the ability to repair and heal.