'Riverdale' Star Camila Mendes' Self-Care Routine Includes Checking In With Her 'Physical & Mental Health' Every Day
Actress Camila Mendes is continuing to be open and honest with her fans. The Riverdale star revealed that she struggled at the beginning of the pandemic since she wasn't used to constantly being alone, calling herself "a social butterfly." But after getting through it, she came to realize that she loves her independence, and her alone time helps her focus on self-care.
"In quarantine, I've learned how much I actually like spending time with myself. It's been nice to realize that, and I think it's something we all need sometimes. When this all started, I was in a place in my life that was go, go, go," she explained. "I never imagined I'd have time to just sit and be by myself. It has really made me reevaluate priorities."
The Hollywood star grew up as an avid dancer, which helped her "become more in tune" with her body from a young age. However, she also struggled with an eating disorder.
"I got through it by seeing [my] therapist and working with a nutritionist who was very adamant about me overcoming my fear of carbs," she shared. "As soon as I started listening to my body and eating what my body needed — which sometimes is eating the things I used to think were bad, like sugar and bread — I noticed a big change. The crazy lesson was that your body tells you what it wants and needs; you just have to learn how to listen to it. It takes a while to learn that — it's hard."
Nowadays, Mendes takes the time to ask herself, "What do I need — and what does my body need right now?" she noted. "Sometimes I'll randomly sit down and check in and be like: "What does my body want? Do I need water, sleep, or to move around and stretch? Should I journal?" I think being well is about checking in with your physical and mental health and evaluating what you really need at that moment."
She also cares for her mental health by talking to her therapist once a week.
"I also have a gratitude journal. I got it from a costar. You write a few brief things each day that you're grateful for. I never thought I'd be one of those people, but I love it," she admitted. "I'd love to journal more in-depth every day but just don't have the time. So with this, it's great because you're still checking in with yourself and you feel good because you've done something for yourself."
The star talked to Health.