Karrueche Tran is all about her calm and rest.
“I love my sleep. As I get older, I’m like listen, I don’t play for my sleep leave me alone,” says Nails star.
Among a line of signature jewelry, she becomes the first AAPI actress to win an Emmy and a role in the Peacock’s top-streaming original series Bel AirTran, 34, is used to the constant hustle and bustle that comes with a career in the entertainment industry.
But as important as it is to stay booked and busy, it can take a toll on your mental health, especially in such a competitive industry.
“Often, I’ve found myself like, ‘Oh, this girl got that role,’ ‘I’m not doing enough,’ or ‘I’m not good enough,’ or ‘I’m not a good actor anymore because I didn’t get it. [job],” Tran tells Yahoo Life.
In the past two years, marked by breakthrough roles and a global pandemic, Tran has realized how vital a positive inner monologue is, and says she’s become more aware of how she talks to herself.
“I’ve just been very aware of what I’m telling myself and what I’m thinking in my head and how that affects my day-to-day life,” she says, adding that self-deprecation can materialize in every way. of your life if left unchecked.
I can’t do everything, I can’t be everything … and that’s okay
“Having that kind of energy constantly in your brain, at some point it oozes out of you, whether it’s in your energy, or your words, or it becomes stress in your body, or even acne,” she says.
For Tran, repurposing those initial thoughts has been instrumental in shifting her mindset as her career progresses.
“I had to learn to accept whatever it is. ‘Are you a little nervous?’ ‘It’s okay.’ “How can we deal with this?” ‘Take a few deep breaths.’ ‘Let’s investigate.’ “What can you do to prepare?” You know, I’ve found ways to turn that negativity or that stress into fuel,” he says.
Aside from self-conscious self-talk, Tran also tries to minimize career comparison. This is admittedly made more difficult by social media.
“It’s a battle, it’s important to pay attention to what’s real and what’s not. Because when you’re on Instagram and you’re scrolling and you know, this person has this or this person booked this job, and we’re judging or judging them ourselves, we compare ourselves, and I had to let that go,” Tran says.
The comparison is generally slippery, but the fact that social media usually acts as a highlight reel for people’s achievements can make it all the more damaging.
“People rarely post about their bad days or what they’re going through. So everyone’s life looks like glitter and gold,” she says.
While she admits that she too can get caught up in the seemingly perfect personas that appear on social media, Tran tries to follow the mantra that she will never miss what is meant for her.
“I can’t do everything, I can’t be everything … and that’s okay,” she says.
While a big part of her mental wellness routine involves tuning into noise, she’s a big fan of sound baths for anxiety and stress.
Sound baths are a meditation practice where participants are “bathed” with various healing sounds from different instruments, including chanters, chimes and gongs.
“One of my friends introduced me to sound baths before COVID and that was during a time when I was really invested in self-care and just going through a lot. So it was like anything I could do to calm my mind or just to become a better person,” says Tran.
The practice requires a certain level of calmness, and Tran admits it took her a while to really get into her peaceful bathroom groove.
“I’m indifferent. So I want to know what they’re doing, what’s that instrument, what’s that I’m listening to, and you know, after a while, you can like it. really relax into it,” he says.
Eventually, Tran got so into the practice that she started hosting virtual sound baths on Instagram Live during the pandemic.
“We got really great feedback and even to this day, people are saying ‘do your good baths again’. So it’s really interesting that even almost people still felt some effect from it,” he says.
When she’s not reveling in the healing properties of sound, Tran loves to sweat out any remaining tension.
“I [just] I did hot yoga which I like because it’s really good for your body. We sweat so much and it’s like a good detox,” says Tran.
But overall, Tran finds the greatest peace in solitude.
“I really like recharging in the sun, I really feel like it’s a hard reset for my battery, I like the way it fuels my body and I like taking time for myself. I like to sit in silence sometimes. I like being alone,” she says.
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