FEARNE’S SELF-CARE TOOLKIT

Dis­cover the small things that keep her feel­ing good – and those that pick her up when she doesn’t

Women's Health (UK) - - FEARNE COTTON -

The mood re­set I walk when­ever pos­si­ble – I even do meet­ings on foot. You’re get­ting your ex­er­cise and it feels like you’re phys­i­cally mov­ing on from things. If I could, I’d walk by the sea ev­ery day – I love the feel­ing of the wind com­ing off the waves. The nu­tri­tion non-ne­go­tiable I stopped eat­ing re­fined sugar af­ter Rex was born. It’s not be­cause I’m be­ing su­per strict with my­self, more be­cause I know how hor­ren­dous it makes me feel. It’s a sim­i­lar story with booze – I haven’t been drunk since my friend’s wed­ding last year. The en­er­giser If I’m feel­ing re­ally slug­gish, I’ll do a hand­stand or a headstand against the cup­boards in my kitchen. I do nei­ther of them bril­liantly, but I’m al­ways de­ter­mined to nail it. When I get the right way round again, the blood has rushed to my head, the en­dor­phins are go­ing, and I’m all pepped up. The goal I’m busy – we all are – and we love to talk about it. And if we’re not busy our­selves, we’re com­par­ing our lives with those of oth­ers on In­sta­gram. But how about we con­sciously try to make quiet time? I need to prac­tise this more, be­cause I know how much it ben­e­fits me. The book Read­ing is one of my favourite things to do in the world. When au­thor Poorna Bell found out I was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time ear­lier this year, she gave me Kitchen by Ja­panese writer Ba­nana Yoshi­moto. It’s such a beau­ti­ful novel, I don’t want it to end. I’ll al­ways love Big Magic by El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert, too – an in­spir­ing book about cre­ativ­ity. The pod­cast There is just no bet­ter au­dio hour around than Desert Is­land Discs – it al­ways makes me cry. I in­ter­viewed Kirsty Young once and I was so scared; to me, she is the queen of in­ter­views. She was, of course, lovely. I also love Rus­sell Brand’s Un­der The Skin – his vo­cab­u­lary is in­sane. The re­minder Un­til six months ago, I went through a two-year pe­riod of reg­u­larly get­ting panic at­tacks while driv­ing to work. Wor­ry­ing about what oth­ers thought in­creased the panic. Re­al­is­ing I could tell peo­ple, ‘Just to let you know, th­ese may come on,’ was a big re­lief. I found out a lot of peo­ple around me got them, too. The wind-down rou­tine I have in­som­nia, so build­ing a good rou­tine around sleep is im­por­tant. I have a whole rit­ual: eye mask, ear plugs and a mag­ne­sium bath to co­coon me in sleep land. It doesn’t work all the time, but I’m try­ing to be a bit more chilled about that. The In­sta fol­low I am ob­sessed with Aus­tralian co­me­dian Ce­leste Bar­ber (@Ce­leste­bar­ber). Her par­ody videos are pure joy – they make me howl with laugh­ter. I get re­ally se­ri­ous some­times be­cause I’m wor­ried about my fam­ily or my job and I just for­get to laugh, but it’s the best tonic.

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