Jonathan Van Ness' Top 5 Tips for Working Self-Care into Every Day
"Queer Eye" grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness is "obsessed with self-care and wellness." He works self-care into almost every transformation, even getting a group of firefighters to have an at-the-firehouse spa day, complete with face masks. Luckily, if you don't have time to pull out all the stops for an at-home spa day, Jonathan has tips for simple ways to easily work self-care into every day.
He recently collaborated with Lipton for its "Stress Less Monday" event in Manhattan, where he shared some of his "easiest self-care tips that will help make Monday the fiercest day of the week." We got the opportunity to ask Jonathan a few questions and got his top five tips to make Mondays (and every day!) less stressful so you'll be saying "yas queen!" all day long.
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1. Start Each Day with Intention
"I start each day with a morning yoga and meditation routine-it's the union of your body and breath."
2. Stay Hydrated
"I drink a lot of water and tea throughout the day to stay hydrated and relaxed. Right now, I'm loving Lipton Stress Less tea, with its notes of chamomile and hints of lavender."
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3. Take a Break
"I like to keep my day full of positive vibes. The easiest thing anyone can do is to create a three-minute break, no matter where you are. It's really important to give yourself time and space devoted just to you, even if you only have three minutes. Put the phone away, clear your space, make yourself a cup of tea, whatever makes you feel more self-aware."
4. Eat Right
"Everyday wellness is my No. 1 priority. I look for fresh and wholesome ingredients and even have been stealing some tips from Antoni for feel-good foods-his chicken Parm is so gorge!"
5. Take Care of Your Hair
Taking care of your hair is a form of self-care, and Jonathan rocks it. We asked him for his tips for getting those gorgeous long locks. His answer? It's threefold:
- "I look for foods with plant-based oils and botanicals-just like I find in my hair products." Like lentils and avocado.
- "Spray apple-cider vinegar in your hair before you go to sleep (make sure you put a towel on your pillow) and then wash it out in the morning."
- "Get a trim, girl!"