Ground Yourself Through Meditation
I get it. Life is busy! When you’re trying to balance your job, your family, your fitness and everything else, the last thing on your mind is, well, your mind. But prioritizing mental health is so important.
Even on my busiest days, I try to find 10 minutes to ground myself through movement meditation. Those few precious moments of mindfulness—doing yoga while focusing on my thought patterns and awareness—help me create a sense of calm and inner harmony—and make a big difference to my overall wellbeing.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard! I keep my diet clean by thinking consciously about everything I eat, focusing on nutrient-rich foods like veggies and protein—and especially plant protein, like tofu.
Every day, I have a big salad of microgreens, chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado and toasted nuts drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. When it’s time for a snack, I skip the sweets and go for berries and nuts—usually pistachios, almonds, or cashews. These foods keep me full and feeling good throughout the day: So simple, so healthy, so delicious!
Personalize Your Nutrients
Even when you eat clean daily—like I do! —you still need additional nutrients to fill in gaps. This is easy enough to say, but when I started looking into vitamins and supplements, I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information.
Luckily, I found Persona Nutrition. They helped me understand my unique needs and designed a personalized daily supplement pack to address them. They helped me find nutrients to support my digestive and immune health and to address my sleep issues—and they deliver them to my door every month!
Try their free assessment—it just takes five minutes. If you have any questions, you can chat with one of their nutritionists (free of charge!).
Protect Your Hair and Skin
It’s no secret that our beauty regimen changes as we age. That means, among other things, taking extra care to protect your hair and skin. There are two simple things I do that I can’t recommend strongly enough:
- Wear sunscreen every day (indoors and outside) to help protect your skin from UV damage.
- Use a silk pillowcase (for real!). Silk helps your skin retain moisture, and it helps your hair by reducing creases and split ends.
These are two things I truly believe have helped me age gracefully over the years. And they’re easy to do!
Stay Active: A Healthy Body Is a Healthy Mind
Here’s a secret about exercise: It doesn’t have to be a chore. My regular workout is one of the best parts of my day.
The key is to mix it up: Functional training, circuit training, core workouts, a jog with a friend—there are so many options to choose from, there’s definitely one (or more) for you. One of my personal favorites is dance cardio. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much fun I have dancing with my trainer!
Find the workouts that feel right—and fun—for you. It is key to keeping your mind and body young.
Get Good Sleep
As a busy working mom, sleep is everything to me. It allows me to bring energy to the morning show, engage with guests, keep my projects moving and support every other part of my life. But for a long time, I found good sleep hard to get.
Then, after hearing so much about it, I decided to try CBD, a natural extract that can help promote healthy sleep. I added it to my Persona evening nutrient pack. The difference—pardon the expression— has been night and day. I get to sleep faster; I stay asleep longer; I wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day.
If you have trouble sleeping, try taking the Persona assessment and see if CBD is right for you.
Say Yes to New Opportunities
As I look back over the past few decades, I’m humbled by what I’ve accomplished—as a mom, wife, actress, talk show host, producer and more—and I’m excited to see what the years ahead will bring.
This incredible journey was made possible by saying “yes”—to new projects, new challenges, new opportunities. I wouldn’t have met my amazing husband Mark if it weren’t for auditioning for All My Children. And there are so many more examples.
As you get older, know that your age doesn’t limit your potential. Be open to taking chances, to making new connections, to pursuing your dreams. It may not be easy, but it’s definitely worthwhile.
Take a Technology Time Out
Just like you, I do a lot of things in life that depend on technology, but as much those devices help me get things done, I also know they can isolate us if they’re not managed properly.
That’s why my family and I reserve time every day to unplug, to put away our cellphones at dinner and be truly present with one another. We all live busy lives, so I cherish this time that’s just for us—especially as the kids get older and become more independent.
I encourage you to do the same, to find a moment each day to put down the screens and be fully present with the ones you love.
Give Back Any Way You Can
I believe in the power of giving back, in small acts of kindness that make a lasting impact—not just for others, but also for ourselves.
Through this pandemic, I’ve helped several causes close to my heart. Giving back in this way has given me a sense of purpose, of fulfillment, a feeling that I’m making a difference.
As you get older, this sense of purpose is incredibly important. If giving money isn’t an option, consider other ways you can help by giving blood, donating your time to a good cause, even helping an elderly neighbor with groceries. Enrich the lives of others and you’ll find you enrich your own.
Age-Adjust Your Supplements
Our bodies change as we age (don’t we all know it!) and our nutritional needs change with them. For women, this means getting the vitamins and minerals we need to manage the symptoms of menopause and the risk of bone loss. Taking certain supplements—Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D—together with exercise and a good diet, can help you do this. Take stock of your current supplement program—and try taking Persona’s assessment—to see if you need to make changes.
Indulge in a Little Humor
2020 hasn’t been a smooth ride—to say the least. The pandemic and other heavy news has affected us in so many ways, forcing us to reset our lives and adjust to a new normal. With so much going on, it may not feel like the right time to be lighthearted, but it’s important to make space for that. Take a moment out of your day to share a laugh with those close to you. It’s not just good for your mood, it’s good for your health.
Laughter really is the best medicine—and that’s no joke. 😊