Selena Gomez made headlines this August when she cancelled her Revival World Tour due to anxiety and depression. But it seems the three-month hiatus has taught the 24-year-old some valuable lessons.
Gomez talked to Thrive Global on November 30 about the importance of taking care of yourself. She told the wellness outlet that staying healthy — mentally, physically, emotionally — is how she manages to keep her energy up. And it seems to be working well for her: The singer just won the American Music Award for favorite female pop/rock artist, and Instagram crowned her their most-followed celebrity.
While taking care of yourself is crucial for a world-traveling pop music phenomenon, it's equally as important for the rest of us.
Read on for Gomez's top tips for self-care:
Tip one: Hydrate
Gomez told Thrive Global that drinking a glass of water is the first thing she does in the morning. Hydrating early and often is great for your entire body, but it’s especially important for mental health: Dehydration is proven to impair your short- and long-term memory.
Tip two: Put down your phone.
Gomez revealed that she recently took a 90-day hiatus from her cellphone. She called the break "refreshing, calming, and rejuvenating."
"Now I rarely pick up my phone, and only limited people have access to me," she said.
If the thought of taking even one day away from your phone is daunting, just think of all the benefits it could have: Research shows that constant cell phone use can increase stress levels, weaken your immune system, and damage your relationships.
Three months away might not be so bad.
Tip three: Ditch your email.
In keeping with her minimal phone habits, Gomez reveals she avoids email, too. Asked how she deals with an overflowing inbox, she replied simply, "I don't. I do better over the phone!"
Even if you need email for work, make sure you balance it out with face-to-face interaction. Research shows social support from co-workers can counteract some of the stress from email overload.
Tip four: Make time for yourself.
Given 15 minutes of free time, Gomez said she likes to practice "self-affirmation." The practice of self-affirmation — or identifying and focusing on your most important values — is proven to reduce stress and make you a more effective problem-solver.
Many people see benefits from repeating empowering phrases, but Gomez prefers cooking — or even taking a nap.
Tip five: Keep looking forward.
When all else fails, Gomez keeps one key quote in mind: "You are not what happened to you, you are what you chose to become after what happened to you."
So go out there and become something great! Just remember to drink some water first.