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