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NHG Asks: What Is Your Personal Form of Self-Care?

Compiled by Ava Reilly

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What I do for self-care on a daily basis is: Wake up extra early before anyone else. I drink my coffee and set my intentions for the day ahead.

Sara Maita, makeup artist

Spending time at my happy place: my lake house in Kelseyville, Lake County. I love to be on the water — kayaking or paddleboarding. I need this regular fix of nature and water to nourish my body, heart and soul. This is a need for my physical and mental wellness.

Liam Mayclem, auctioneer and broadcaster

Growing up in Mill Valley in the ’60s and ’70s, I was exposed to yoga and meditation at a young age. I remember going to a yoga class with my mother once a week, which included breathing exercises. Little did I know that 40 years later this practice would be my lifesaver through the unpredictability that life brings. I continue to work at incorporating selfcare into my life, therefore I have created rituals that I unequivocally make time for every day because they keep me healthy, centered and sane. Each morning, in the room I call my sanctuary — a quiet top-floor space of my home — I practice mindful breath meditation. I tune in solely to my breath on a 500-year-old Tibetan carpet that was given to me by my friend and rug dealer, Tony Kitz. I am a notorious night owl with my work, so when I’ve had enough, I retreat to my soaking tub, dim the lights and close my eyes. When time allows, I adore a luxurious facial at Cat Murphy Skincare in Sausalito, where the light therapy is amazing! And then, of course, there’s my dog, Biscuit: always at the ready with unconditional love.

Kendall Wilkinson, interior designer

My personal form of self-care is twofold and I’m committed to doing it daily. If I miss either one, I feel the effects. First, a 10-minute or so mindfulness session via Headspace. I find this a good way to center me for the day. Second, a brisk workout of 45 minutes or so. Often in the house on the StairMaster or Peloton, or with a trainer, it gets the blood moving. If there’s a tough Giants loss the night before or a big day ahead, the mindfulness and workout “doubleheader,” usually in the 6 to 7 a.m. hour, seems to do the trick for me!

Larry Baer, San Francisco Giants CEO

Working at Canyon Ranch [in Woodside] has shaped my view of how multifaceted selfcare really is. It’s much more than just a trip to the spa. For starters, I never skip a workout or a skin care ritual. I attend boot camp every morning — except Sundays — and weight train twice a week to keep myself moving. I actively volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and spend as much time with my family and grandkids as I can. All of these tie together to help me to take care of my mind, body and soul.

Deirdre Strunk, Canyon Ranch vice president of spa, fitness and beauty

My form of self-care used to be retail therapy, but in this economy I’ve become a go-buy-yourself-a-donut-and-take-anap kind of person.

Emily Patz, Santa Cruz native and student at Whitman College

I’m told I can’t carry a tune, but driving along and singing some of my favorite songs never fails to make everything better.

Mike Weiss, television producer

With the stress of day-to-day life, I find peace and solace in writing letters to friends and family as a form of self-care. Although I do not send every letter I write, I find it helpful to internalize my feelings, and writing provides an outlet where I can communicate my emotions regardless of what they may be. Knowing that I have the option to send my letter to a friend reassures me that I never have to go through difficult times alone.

Anna Dogget, San Francisco native and student at Wake Forest University

Truthfully, I am an introvert, and while I love social events, gatherings with friends and the more public aspects of my work, my form of self-care is quality alone time to recharge and rebalance my energy and focus. For me, my home is a very Zen space that I find peaceful and calm. I enjoy quiet mornings up at dawn to walk my dog, Marcel, on a deserted beach. Meditating, yoga, a restorative spa day and visiting an art museum alone are also activities that inspire and recharge me.

Holly Baxter, art advisor and curator

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