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When Julianne Hough talks about taking time for herself, she does not pay for her words. The dancer and actress – currently starring in Broadway in POTUS – she tells Yahoo Life’s The Unwind that she recently sat down with her therapist to analyze everything she has to do with her life, from spending time with loved ones to running her own business and trying to take care of her herself.
“We divided it into different percentages, like what is the focus and priority for each of these things? And what is your ideal scenario?says Hough. “And I think in the past it was like 90% working in business. What I understood is, oh, if I really focus on 10% a day just for myself, it will make me get another 10% for my friends and family and then 20% for my business and then 30% for my own ambitions and creativity. So I cut them a bit so that I can really afford and give myself the space to take care of myself. “When I am in a good place, then everything else thrives.”
As for how she spends this 10% on herself, the face of BIC Soleil Escape’s new “Tickle Your Senses” campaign says she is a big fan of relaxing rituals and sensory experiences, which means you will find her using its lavender and eucalyptus. Aromatic razor in the bathroom, between meditations or sips of wine. Hough is a fan of silky soft skin and has been shaving since the age of 9 – “I started early”, jokingly trying to reach out to her older sisters and their beauty routines – and believes that we should not see it as a chore, but as an opportunity to “nurture” herself.
“I strongly believe in ‘if I feel good, then I will present myself well,'” the former said dancing with the Stars says the professional.
Hough, 33, takes wellness, physical activity – training, dancing – and mindfulness rituals seriously. Mornings start with meditation or breathing or working on what she calls “morning pages” – diary entries that help her “restore my thoughts and have a clear mind for the rest of the day”. The night, meanwhile, is for relaxing and “rinsing the day” with a bath.
“There is a consciousness that goes into what I do, to help me prepare for the next day,” says the Emmy winner.
And then there is treatment. While talking to a professional is a big part of her mental well-being priority, Hough says she has worked to find a balance between over-sharing and over-paying attention to sharing her personal life as someone in the public. .
“I’ve been going from one end to the other, almost, for the last few years,” he admits. “At one point, I shared everything because I was like oh dude, if someone is having the same experience, maybe sharing it with me will really help their experience or occasion. And I feel like I definitely gave people a picture of my privacy a little bit longer than I think it might have been healthy for me. So then I went to the extremes on the other side where it was like, “I do not share anything about my personal life.”
Her goal now is to find a happy medium where she can “share in a way that is universal to all, but I still keep some things to myself that are sacred.”
“There I feel I have reached this stage of life,” he says. “I protect the things that are important to me and [knowing] that I do not need to share everything, but also to know that it would be valuable to share it and not filter it too much. [I’m] I’m still authentic in wanting to share, because that ‘s exactly what I’m like – I love people. I like when I learn something and how weird I am. I say, “My God, I would love to share it with you.” So I still share a lot, but I have definitely reigned in a while “.
Hough is currently settling into a new chapter in her life. “I’m alone in New York for the first time in my 30s,” she says of her Broadway debut in POTUS. Although Tony’s recent co-star has been playing since he was a child, entering the Broadway scene — especially after a few years away from her “art” to focus on her business and other career opportunities – is a challenge that left “humble and humble honored.”
“I feel like I’ve gained a whole new level of self-confidence – I belong to it – that I haven’t experienced in four or five years,” she says, adding that self-confidence as a performer is something that “comes in waves.”
“I do not think you ever feel 100% confident from the beginning of your career to the end,” he notes. “I think you have moments when you feel very connected and confident and after a few days you are like oh i’m feeling very nervous right now.
“Sometimes you’re tall, sometimes you’re not that tall,” Hough adds. “And I think I’m moving on to this high point again, which I’m really excited about because when I’m in this place, I want to create more and share more. And there ‘s an inner confidence that I do not necessarily need people to accept me; you want it so badly sometimes when you do not have that confidence, now i’m just like, Oh, I’m just doing it and here I’m finally. “
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