What’s not to love about Tracee Ellis Ross? Even her name is beautiful. As black girls, it’s been cathartic to watch her grow as a woman. Though we’ve only experienced her on screen, there is something beautifully genuine about her that we can’t put our finger on. She has that je ne sais quoi, and even almost a slightly playful ingénue quality about her that makes her fun, mysterious, witty, intelligent, appealing and a touch innocent all at the same time. Suffice to say, we love this chic.
Not long ago, she spoke with the The New Potato and People about what self-care and self-love looks like for her and dropped many a gems like she always does. We were inspired once again by Tracee and what she had to say about starting her day off right, spending time with family and making time for savory junk food–because that’s self-care too.
On starting the day with her priorities in order
“I’d like to say with prayer and meditation, but, many a day is started with Instagram. I often remove social media from my phone for stretches of time, because I know if I wake up and start with social media before prayer and meditation things have gone topsy turvy and my priorities are out of whack. […] The building blocks of my self-care are eight hours of sleep, lots of water, as much laughter and family time as possible, and following my heart around instead of my head.”
On what her self-care looks like
“I feel strongest when I’m practicing self-acceptance. Allowing myself to be myself makes me feel really powerful. I think it requires a sense of community. You have to unplug from what our culture and our world tells us is strong, is pretty, is better. It opens up the door for some fun, because otherwise it all becomes so serious. Strong can be serious, but there’s also some play in just allowing.”
Self care for Tracee also involves eating healthy, cooking and sharing good food with family. She works out three to four times a week doing the Tracy Anderson Method and drinks several liters of water a day. Though she’s given up on sugar and dairy (which she says changed her life), she still finds time to treat herself with french fries, olives and potato chips: “I love cooking for my family — my siblings, my mom. I love cooking for myself, too. One of the ways that I actively love myself is by cooking.” — Tracee as told to The New Potato and People