The best thing about self care is that there are no rules. Here, 12 celebrities talk about the rituals that help them be their best selves, from making lists to chopping onions. 

Ariana Huffington 

“Often lost in discussion is one of our most powerful tools for self-care: caring for others. Giving — going beyond ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones to serve others — is one of the most effective and proven ways to boost our well-being, transforming the giver as much as the recipient.”

Adam Bull, Principal Dancer, The Australian Ballet

“If you put good effort into what you put in your mouth, you’ll get the best possible result out of your body. Enjoy what you cook and what you eat, because food’s such a fabulous thing and the more love and energy you put into it, the better it tastes and the better you feel.” 

Frank Ocean

“I really do believe in night cream. I need it, because when I wake up I feel very beautiful, moisturized, and ready to have people making eye contact with me, ready to look above my eyebrow, below the eyebrow. That’s the life hack right there.”

Jonathan Van Ness

“Maybe go outside for a few and feel the sunshine, or do a gorgeous mask, maybe treat yourself to the shoe you’ve been wanting. We have so much to rush for, so many things to fix and problems to solve, with all of that happening I’m trying to remind myself of self care every day.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

“Exercise helps make my body strong enough to do what I set my heart and mind to. I carry myself differently when I feel strong. I’ve always worked out and been active, and it’s one of the ways I care for myself: along with meditation, baths, eating beautiful things that make me happy, being silent, and being with friends and family. Self-care is one of the active ways that I love myself. When you can and as you can, in ways that feel loving, make time and space for yourself.” 

Alaska, Drag Superstar  

“My perfect day starts with putting on the teapot. Then I have tea in my favourite Golden Girls mug and watch The Daily Show. Meditation is essential. I try to start each morning with a focus on the breath and three things I’m grateful for.” 

Erykah Badu, Musician

“I guess it’s the daily routine. I don’t have any particular thing I do ritualistically. I do the same thing every day. I get up. Drink a lot of water. Have a wheatgrass shot. Drink some green juice. Eat as healthy as I can. I’m not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, just want to be healthy. Take a salt bath. Do things that my parents were never able to do. I’m blessed to do anything I want so I decide to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally.”

Misty Copeland

“Cooking is my escape. It’s a way to be creative and experimental without being extremely physical, which is what I’m used to. And it’s mentally relaxing. There’s nothing like zoning out and chopping onions.”


“We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself,”

Margot Robbie

I just make a lot of lists. I think it is worth just to take a second to think about the things that do help put your mind at ease and give yourself the time to implement it into your day.”

Serena Williams

“I just downloaded this meditation app. I was trying it because I felt like I needed to clear my mind. The guy talks to you for a second, then you just sit, clear your mind and think. I start it and meditate for, like, three to five minutes, depending. It helps me be better for my daughter and my family, and I think that’s really important.” 

Emma Watson

“I have a bath every single day of my life. And if I can have two or three — amazing. Nothing terrible is going to happen in the bath, so I always find time for that. I’ll take phone conversations in the bath, anything,”

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