Beyoncé on ditching diets and focusing on her: 'Mental health is self-care too'

Life at 40 comes with several lessons and new life non-negotiables
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Big B and the B stands for boundaries. This year, Beyoncé is turning 40 and in a rare exclusive with Harper's Bazaar, the mogul opened up about her intentionally taking a backseat to spotlight politics and what things she does to maintain her sanity.

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"I’ve spent so many years trying to better myself and improve whatever I’ve done that I’m at a point where I no longer need to compete with myself [...] I feel many aspects of that younger, less evolved Beyoncé could never f*** with the woman I am today," she expressed.

With Bey choosing to solely evolve, she also explained why it was essential to set clear boundaries between her "stage persona and personal life." The singer stated, "in this business, so much of your life does not belong to you unless you fight for it. I’ve fought to protect my sanity and my privacy because the quality of my life depended on it. A lot of who I am is reserved for the people I love and trust."

The Houston native continued, "those who don’t know me and have never met me might interpret that as being closed off. Trust, the reason those folks don’t see certain things about me is because my Virgo a** does not want them to see it... It’s not because it doesn’t exist!"

Being a mother of three and a multifaceted mogul comes with a lot. However, she knows the importance of prioritizing herself. "...I’ve picked up many secrets and techniques over the years to look my best for every show. But I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body. In the past, I spent too much time on diets, with the misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body."

Today, "my health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body—those are the things that I’ve been focusing on. Mental health is self-care too," she stated.

She credits CBD to helping with her insomnia and during the 2020 quarantine, she "went from overindulgences to creating positive rituals drawing from past generations and putting [her] own spin on things." Similar to Kelis, Bey has her own hemp and honey farm. She even caught Blue using "blends" she created and is grateful to be able to pass down these newfound practices to her daughters. Get into Bey's latest cover story here.

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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