Editor's Note: This is part of a new GoodHousekeeping.com series, Month of Me. In January, we're officially banning "should" (as in, "I should go on the treadmill," or "I should clean the garage") and encouraging you to give yourself a break after the holiday season. All month long, we'll be sharing personal essays and more inspiration to help you take time for yourself. Here, 15:17 To Paris co-stars Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer share what they do to stay healthy despite the craziness of Hollywood.
Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer are considered veterans in Hollywood, with a number of successful TV shows and movies to their name. Fischer famously played Pam, the subtly hilarious better-half of Jim in The Office. And Greer, well, she's been in everything from 13 Going on 30 to the animated show, Archer.
Throughout their careers, both women have learned that to be better at their craft, they need to take care of themselves — in all aspects of their life. "My favorite thing to do just for me is sleep. But as the mom of two little ones, I rarely get as much sleep as I want," Fischer told GoodHousekeeping.com."My second favorite thing to do for me is drink coffee."
She has learned that even if she doesn't get to hit snooze — a rarity these days — she can treat her body in different ways. Her first stop: yoga class.
"When I do yoga regularly, I feel so good," says Fischer. "It's my mind, body, and spirit cleanse."
"After a long weekend of play dates and sporting events and kid birthday parties, I can't tell you how much I crave my Monday morning yoga class," admits Fischer. She typically heads to class after dropping off her kids at school, allowing her to feel completely in the moment. "As we get started with stretching, the first 20 minutes of every class is usually me fighting my brain to relax, to stop making to-do lists, and to stop making notes on my mental calendar," she says. "The more poses we do, the more my brain gets quiet."
Within an hour, her mind and body are reset. "As the hour goes on, I feel like I'm literally wringing out the weekend and resetting myself. I leave feeling refreshed and clear-headed," says Fischer. Although it's difficult to find time to rest and recharge in her busy schedule, she tries to make time for yoga once or twice a week. "I don't see yoga as an exercise class — I see it as a sanctuary," she explains. "I love yoga almost as much as my coffee." And that's saying something.
Greer's me-time doesn't look all that different from Fischer's. Funny enough, sleep is also one of her favorite ways to treat herself. "Reading a book in bed before I go to sleep helps me wind-down from whatever day I've had," Greer told GoodHousekeeping.com. "To be honest, I prefer to read while taking a bath but my bathroom is being remodeled so I'll take what I can get." Greer doesn't mind the switch up, and neither does her dog, Mary.
Along the way, Greer has learned a thing or two about finding downtime in her hectic schedule. "I try to arrive to a dinner 30 minutes early so I have some alone time to decompress before I have to jump into socializing," she says. In addition to some peace and quiet, this gives her ample time to let go of stress and enjoy her meal even more. Take that tip and save it for later — and then maybe, just maybe, you'll have some of Greer's star power.
Evidently, the secret to success in the entertainment industry is a big cup of coffee, a good book, and a consistent exercise routine. Oh, and a lot of hard work.
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