Pantene-perfect hair. Impossibly fit bodies. Poise and confidence that lead to Oscar-winning performances and successful talk shows. Do celebrities just naturally have it made? Though it might seem that way, successful celebrities have to work hard at self-care. And the work is worth it: experts have shown that good self-care practices contribute to success, so it’s no wonder that some of the most successful celebrities out there have carefully cultivated self-care strategies.
To inspire you to care for your own mind, body and soul, here are a few of our favorite quotes from some wise celebs out there on everything from self-esteem to the importance of indulging in the occasional Girl Scout cookie.
Beyoncé, on the importance of reflection: “Take at least twenty minutes every day to be still and quiet…Think. Reflect…Decide how to be smarter and tougher, how to be more committed and considerate of others and more sensitive and aware of your surroundings. Choose something you learned that will make you a better person.”—from The Best Advice I Ever Got, Katie Couric.
Oprah Winfrey, on wisdom: “Turn your wounds into wisdom” and “I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience and learn from it. Life is never dull.”
Demi Lovato, on knowing your body: “I’m not a model — I have curves. I find things that accentuate my body, a woman’s body, and I always wear things that I feel comfortable in.”
Kristen Bell, on exercise and working out: “I mostly go for hour-long hikes with friends, but sometimes, I’ll do Pilates or 20 minutes of calisthenics…I go through spurts. Working out for me has nothing to do with body image — I refuse to look in the mirror and hate myself. My goal isn’t to change my body; it’s to make my body happy.”
Amanda Seyfried, on dieting: “[I tried] a five-day raw food diet I’ll never do again…I’d get really, really tired and hungry at 3pm everyday because there was nothing to eat. In the morning, you feel great, you’re doing a liver cleanse and eating raw oatmeal and blueberries and drinking great shakes. But at the end of the day, if you can’t have a Girl Scout Cookie and a piece of cheese, what is life all about?”
Mariska Hargitay, on taking time for yourself: “Set aside an hour a week for a mini ‘spa day.’ Take a warm bath, light a beautiful candle. A little indulgence will go a long way.”
Jennifer Garner, on the importance of noticing the little things: “You can’t look to…anything from the outside to fill you up. You have to find it in the small things in everyday life—which I do a million times a day: a hot cup of tea, a hummingbird. Stop, take that in, receive it, get joy from it.”
Lily Collins, on the importance of sharing with others: “I think it’s important to relate to one another about issues that you’re having, because the second you open up and someone else says, ‘Oh, me too. I feel the same way,’ then all of a sudden, you feel more at peace with yourself and you can feel more confident with who you are.”
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