Last Saturday was the first official day of autumn, and this week’s celebrity wellness posts were entirely on theme. H.E.R. bundled up in jewel tones for a chilly (and successful) Vancouver fishing trip. Jonathan Van Ness frolicked through their garden chanting “come on, fall!” while harvesting veggies. Martha Stewart manned the helm of a giant wheel barrel of gourds. It was all very subtle.While some celebs enjoyed the newly crisp air in the great outdoors, others focused on inner wellness work. Brie Larson posted a testament to pursuing a new hobby in dance, Keke Palmer ad libbed a love letter to herself while in full glam, and Ayesha and Stephen Curry went to the desert to reconnect with themselves and each other.Keep scrolling for these and more of the best celebrity wellness Instagrams of the week.There wasn’t a single dull moment in JVN’s garden tour. Honorable mention for their sporadic British accent.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.H.E.R. made time for self-care on tour, which included getting up close and personal with some Vancouver wildlife.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
This week on Instagram, the shift in seasons brought on a whole new spread of simple pleasures. Jamie Lee Curtis and Ina Garten both welcomed soup season with comfort classics: Jamie Lee tried her hand at a new chicken noodle recipe, while Ina broke out a beloved Barefoot Contessa grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. Katherine Heigl also indulged in some autumnal self-care—her annual fall road trip to Fort Collins, Colorado made for a particularly dreamy and on-theme scrap book entry.While some of our favorite follows took care by keeping it cozy, others got moving. Athletes Sloane Stephens and Gabby Thomas found new sources of joy within their sports, and other celebs practiced their lesser known talents: Ayo Edebiri delivered the first pitch at the second game of the Red Sox vs. Yankees double header with a smile that lit up Fenway Park, and Tom Holland spent the weekend on the PGA Championship course with his brothers.Keep scrolling for these and more of the best celebrity wellness posts of the week.Reese Witherspoon delivered the perfect dose of Monday motivation.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.It’s hard to decide what looks dreamier: Katherine Heigl’s nature-packed Colorado getaway or the cozy afternoon she spent scrapbooking about it.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
This week, no Instagram feed was immune to the tennis takeover—and for great reason. You can practically hear the crowd roaring in the background of newly crowned US Open champion Coco Gauff’s post, where she’s proudly displaying her glittering Grand Slam trophy. Coco’s victory may have been the weekend’s greatest spectacle—but the celebrity reactions to her second-set comeback deserve an honorable mention too. According to what we saw on Instagram, Amanda Seyfried and Laverne Cox rode the same emotional rollercoaster during the final match, and SELF cover star Danai Gurira’s girl gang lit up the Open’s star-studded stands.While many A-Listers spent the week nursing their tennis fixations, others indulged in their hobbies off the court. Michelle Obama dedicated a post to her longtime love of knitting, Patrick Dempsey took his bike out to train for his cancer foundation’s upcoming challenge, and Jennifer Aniston (virtually) scrapbooked her summer.Keep scrolling for these and more of this week’s best celebrity wellness posts.US Open men’s champion Novak Djokovic scored the ultimate Cool Dad title.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.From court to field, Coco Gauff had a busy week…and we won’t be getting tired of her content anytime soon.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
Unless you managed to completely avoid your screens over the weekend, you’re probably well aware that Coco Gauff is a phenom. Despite the sweltering 90-degree New York heat, the American teen won the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, beating World No. 2 player Aryna Sabalenka—and immediately bursting into happy tears after her match point.Gauff’s big win—her first Grand Slam title—at just 19 years old was thrilling for many tennis fans, but her killer backhand isn’t the only reason she deserves superstar status. Her influence goes beyond the court, and if the thousands of social media posts about her star power are any indication, it’s her charisma and great personality (coupled with her formidable sporting skills) that have truly won over everyone’s hearts.Whether you’ve been following Gauff from the jump or started going down a fandom rabbit hole after Saturday’s championship match, we’re here to give you all the more reason(s) to stan Gauff—a tennis legend in the making, a symbol of representation, and an inspiration all around.Her instantly iconic victory speech.In true legend fashion, Gauff thanked not only her family and fans (hi!) but shouted out the haters, too, saying: “Those who thought they were putting water on my fire, you were really adding gas to it. Now I’m really burning so bright right now.”She continued to acknowledge folks who doubted her skills during her post-match interview, as well. “I felt like people were like, ‘it was all hype.’ I see the comments,” Gauff said. “People think I don’t see, but I’m very aware of Tennis Twitter. I know y’all’s usernames. I know who’s talking trash. I can’t wait to look on Twitter right now.”Not only is it badass that a teenager isn’t letting mean comments mess with her head, but the resilience, positivity, and poise Gauff exhibited in her speech were pretty damn cool to witness.Her inspirational journey, from a fan in the stands to a US Open champ.If you didn’t know much about Gauff before this weekend, she actually first shot to fame after defeating one of her idols, Venus Williams, at Wimbledon back in 2019—at only 15 years old! But that technically wasn’t her first time appearing at a major match.A viral throwback video circulating online shows an adorable 8-year-old Gauff cheering and dancing from the bleachers at the 2012 US Open. Little did tiny Coco know that a decade later, she would be the center of attention as the crowd went wild for her.Her willingness to be vulnerable.Tennis is a famously hard sport, mentally, to compete in, and being compared to GOATs like Serena Williams and having all eyes on you adds a ton of additional pressure and stress. It’s no surprise, then, that Gauff has dealt with her fair share of frustration and disappointment when she doesn’t perform as well as she’d hoped.
Each month, the SELF Well-Read Book Club highlights a timely, delightful, and crucial book on a subject that helps readers live better lives. So far, we’ve covered everything from the politics of running to the state of modern motherhood.Yes, Cody Rigsby is a world-famous Peloton instructor, former Dancing With the Stars competitor, and mega-influencer. But it seems that the hyperphotogenic multihyphenate is only just getting started: With his debut memoir-cum-self-help book, he’ll be a published author too. XOXO, Cody: An Opinionated Homosexual’s Guide to Self-Love, Relationships, and Tactful Pettiness comes out tomorrow, and to celebrate it in all of its fabulousness, we’re making it the September SELF Well-Read Book Club pick.XOXO, Cody begins with Rigsby’s childhood as the son of a mother living with drug addiction in Burbank, California. He takes readers through his adolescent move to North Carolina and teen years in the closet before recalling his early days in New York City, when he worked as a waiter and nightclub host. (“Hustling until 3 a.m. was bearable only because I got to watch a trans performance artist pee all over wealthy investment bankers,” Rigsby writes.)Eventually, Rigsby stumbled upon what was then a little-known fitness startup: Peloton. He had never taught an exercise class before—his experience was in performance and professional dancing—but his charisma and athleticism were enough to prove he could be a new type of star: One who has the unique ability to make at-home viewers feel so motivated and supported from afar that, before they know it, they’ve already pushed through one last “climb.”But this book isn’t solely about Cody: Rigsby offers his best advice—the enthusiasm and encouragement that makes him such a beloved and inclusive fitness instructor—for anyone looking to love themselves just a little bit more and laugh along the way. It’s a perfect read for when you need a mood boost, pep talk, or source of inspiration—the book version of a high-five, narrated by someone with all of the opinions (with no holds barred about any of them).To read along with us this month, grab a copy of the book below. And stay tuned—we’ve got some more exciting Cody content coming your way this week. XOXO!‘XOXO, Cody: An Opinionated Homosexual’s Guide to Self-Love, Relationships, and Tactful Pettiness’ by Cody Rigsby
Jane Fonda Hits Her First Soccer Game—and More of the Best Celebrity Wellness Instagrams From the Week
Our favorite follows spent this week chasing happy trails—some more literally than others. Rainn Wilson found his “soul-stirring place” in the Cascades, while Mindy Kaling captioned her dreamy outdoor photo dump with an ode to Montana. Hugh Jackman didn’t share the exact location of the sprawling hills he hiked…but his selfie from the summit was worth a thousand words.On other (artificial) fields, friendship was in full bloom. Jane Fonda shared a photo with Megan Rapinoe from Jane’s first (and Megan’s last) women’s soccer game in LA: OL Reign vs. Angel City. Meanwhile, the NFL shared clips from Tight End University’s particularly wholesome 2023 kickoff: Taking a page out of the Swiftie handbook, the players exchanged handmade friendship bracelets on the first day of the program.Keep scrolling for these and more smile-worthy celebrity wellness posts from the last week.Hayely Kioko’s fresh new tablescape helped her intentionally fuel her body and soul.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.Michelle Pfeiffer loves weekends. Enough said.Instagram contentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
Hanging with friends or family, enjoying a romantic evening, and bonding with coworkers after hours are all fine ways to fill your leisure time. But maybe your loved ones are busy or live far away. Or perhaps you’re extremely single, or, frankly, not in the mood to talk to anyone and craving some “me time.”No matter why you’re looking to have fun by yourself, the options for solo date ideas may seem pretty limited. Aside from rotting in bed or reserving a table at your favorite restaurant (which might sound awkward), what else can you really do?First, you might need a perspective shift. Many of us are turned off by the idea of venturing out on our own and fear that we’ll look (and feel) like, well, unlovable losers. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, dating yourself can actually help you become a more well-rounded, confident, and attractive person, Cassie Ekstrom, LCSW-C, a therapist at Baltimore Therapy Group specializing in anxiety and life transitions, tells SELF.“Spending time alone is one of the best ways to really figure out our true selves, because other people’s thoughts or opinions won’t influence us,” Ekstrom says. In other words, you can connect with what you really want to do—or see, or eat, or experience. And solitary excursions are also ”a great way to decompress and become more independent when it comes to satisfying your needs and managing your emotions,” she adds. (You know, since you won’t be relying on another person to make you feel happier, say, or less bored.)Ultimately, the best way to overcome any negative misconceptions you have about solo dating is to tune out those doubts and give it a try. And if you’re not sure what to do, exactly, or how to actually enjoy yourself (yes, even without someone else to talk to), we’ve got eight beginner-friendly activities to help you go it alone—without feeling lonely.Go on a nature walk or scenic hike.For those of you who feel self-conscious about being by yourself in public settings, taking a casual daytime stroll on a trail near you or embarking on a (safe) outdoor hike is a great place to start, Ekstrom says. Not only can the novelty of a change of scenery inspire you to appreciate the sights and sounds around you, but you probably won’t feel as on display out in nature as you might at, say, a packed taqueria. Plus, going at your own pace can be liberating—you don’t have to worry about matching your much more athletic pal’s pace, for example. (Another perk: Research shows that any form of physical exercise can help with stress relief, as can spending time outdoors.)If you’re thinking that trotting along in silence sounds kind of, um, boring, know that tuning into your senses can make being one with nature more enjoyable—this grounding technique can help with that, by getting you out of your head and into the moment. But if mindfulness exercises don’t speak to you, consider diving into an audiobook as you explore a park, say, or listening to your current favorite workout playlist to enhance your experience. That way, you’re not just alone with your (anxious) thoughts.If seeing a movie in a packed theater intimidates you, try a matinee.We fully support solo movie dates at any hour, but the thought of sitting all by yourself at a Friday night showing of Barbie, surrounded by tons of gal pals and hand-holding couples, might make you cringe. In that case, a matinee is probably more your scene.
Few genres of literature so clearly communicate the anxieties of their epoch like diet books, a form that combines science-flavored woo with instructions on how to become a living embodiment of a society’s values and aspirations. In this new SELF series, JP Brammer will be revisiting popular diet books and unpacking what they tell us about a particular time in American culture. For his debut installment, he’s tackling Skinny Bitch, a vegan manifesto masquerading as a weight-loss manual.The year is 2005. Our great country has been beset by calamities. The Iraq War is in full swing under President George W. Bush. Hurricane Katrina has devastated much of the Gulf Coast. Maroon 5. Facing debacle after debacle, a weary, traumatized nation has but one thing on its mind: becoming a skinny bitch.I was a mere child the year Skinny Bitch, a “no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous” was published. But I was already an aspiring cultural commentator, regularly watching America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and Fashion Police, among other classic staples of television, while offering searing insights to my mom on our couch. I did not have friends and we lived on a ranch.This is all to say that I am a student of the cartoonish made-for-TV cruelty of early-to-mid 2000s pop culture ephemera, an era defined by Tyra Banks performing Jigsaw-esque torture scenarios on aspiring models. Yes, with the United States facing threats both within and without, our tastemakers decided to focus on body aesthetics or, more specifically, on pursuing a brutal thinness that all but demanded asceticism from its adherents. The diet books of the time reflect this.Written by former models Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, Skinny Bitch is a slim, bitchy volume that promises to bully you into being thin. Despite lackluster initial sales, it eventually became a bestseller in England and then in the US in 2007, after Victoria Beckham was spotted carrying it in Los Angeles. Reading it now, it’s easy to see why: It captures its time in amber, perfectly encapsulating the goal set for women in that era. In 2005, the aspirational woman was fun, flirty, fashionable, and, above all, skinny.She was also unabashedly mean. If the 2010s were dominated by “le epic bacon” humor and BuzzFeed-esque “so I did a thing” voice, then Skinny Bitch captures the voice of the mid-2000s, which sounds like a drill sergeant wearing Juicy Couture screaming at you to go ahead and jump off a cliff because you put dressing on your salad. (Indeed, that is the entire concept of The Biggest Loser, a show that came out around the same time.)But Skinny Bitch is not a television show. It has been granted the freedom of imagination that the blank page provides, meaning it can be as utterly ridiculous as it wants to be. And, make no mistake, it wants to be. This book all but accuses fat people of being the Taliban. The only road to redemption, it says, is veganism, because this whole affair is really about promoting the vegan lifestyle. Weirdly, though, it doesn’t say that upfront. Rather, it slowly cuts everything out of your kitchen that isn’t vegan, including coffee, meat, cheese, and even aspirin. Aside from “vegan cookies” and “vegan pizza,” the word vegan is not uttered as an identity until chapter six. For all its bluster, Skinny Bitch is on a covert mission.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever seen Dolly Parton without a smile on her face. But just like any other person, the “Jolene” singer experiences the full spectrum of human emotions, including anger. It’s how she channels her rage that makes her who she is. “I don’t lose my temper, but I use my temper,” she recently said in an interview with Nancy O’Dell on TalkShopLive, per People. “Of course, I’ve lost it a few times but it’s not that I’m losing my temper, I’m trying to use it because sometimes there are just some people you have to speak up to.”As Anusha Atmakuri, LPC, the founder and CEO of Antara Counseling and Wellness in Austin previously told SELF, “Anger is often the first layer of emotion, protecting or masking other emotions like disappointment, overwhelm, hurt, hunger, guilt, or shame.” And when the fire you’re feeling intensifies, the only way to put it out is to take a step back.“To stop the anger spiral, create space between your emotions and actions,” Stacey B. Daughters, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist previously told SELF. (Listen to a meditation app, go for a rage run, or let it all out in a journal, for example.)Parton combines some of those techniques with her go-to coping skill: songwriting. Anger is particularly apparent in her recent single, “World on Fire.” The track comments on the polarized climate in the US, with lyrics like: “Now how are we to live in a world like this? Greedy politicians, present and past. They wouldn’t know the truth if it bit ‘em in the ass.”She told O’Dell that she wrote it after waking up in the middle of the night with a heavy heart. “With all the greed and the hate and just everything, it just bottled up in me,” she explained. “And I felt I needed to say something because I just felt like I should and somebody might listen.”If a tense situation involves Parton’s work or family, though, it’s more difficult to neatly package her anger into a song. “I’m just a regular person. I’m not one where I’m one person out here and another [in private]. I’m a businessperson. Sometimes you’ve just kind of gotta pitch a fit to get it done or get it done right,” she said. “Like I’ve always said, I’ll tell ya where to put it if I don’t like where you got it. I think anybody’s like that.”She did admit, though, that it takes a lot for her to reach that point: “You gotta push me pretty far to get me stirred up.” Related:
Now, after writing it, I think I’ve found more of a balance. I question things that I buy more, and I feel like I’m not as susceptible to marketing gimmicks and trends. Everything that I purchase, I’m trying to honor myself as I am and my ancestors. So I am less jaded now. The wellness industry is as evil as we want to make it—by giving it power—and hopefully this book questions that power. I sometimes joke that this will be a nonfiction book in a few years. Some of the treatments that I thought that I invented I later found out were already a thing, and then I had to go back and try to invent something scarier.When did you realize that your relationship with beauty and wellness was becoming too consuming, or even unhealthy?I have a history of eating disorders, and I work pretty hard not to slide back into that kind of behavior again. Well, I realized I was backsliding. It is so natural for wellness to be entangled with beauty and looking a certain way, and that started affecting me. I was also spending way too much money that I didn’t have. I think I went to a concert and I was like, I forgot that I love music, which had been my career for so long. I was trying to remember other aspects of my personality and I was kind of like, I don’t even know who I am. If the whole day you’re thinking about what you’re going to eat or drink and what you’re putting on your skin, very quickly there’s no space for any other thoughts.What does your wellness routine look like now?I think a lot of what I loved about skin care and beauty and wellness was that there was always new stuff to try and just so many promises being made to you all the time. Now I try to get that fix in other ways, whether it’s through podcasts, reading, TV, or just finding new ideas. I’m trying to make that as sexy as new products in my life. I spend a lot more time outdoors and that’s really great—there’s almost nothing about a hike that’s homogenous. There’s no tree that looks similar. I have paired down my skin care in the sense that I don’t look for new products—I just use my three things, and I use those only if I feel like it. I try to listen to my body and eat whatever it wants to eat. So it’s a really different and new kind of relationship. I’m trying to be intuitive.What would you say to somebody who’s working in a place like Holistik—a med spa or beauty store or even in another industry that’s very intense or looks-centric—and is feeling like they’re not enough, or are losing that sense of self?Your career, or your job, is not the sum total of who you are. You’re a more complex person. We’re all enough as we are. I really believe that.What are your favorite horror books and movies?I love directors Julia Ducournau and David Cronenberg, also Ari Aster. Midsommar was just really transcendental for me. I didn’t know that what I wrote was body horror—it was just when I started meeting with producers for the TV show that they were throwing those words around and I was like, yeah, totally. Incorporating horror was so natural to me when writing, because if you’re writing about a woman’s body in America, of course it’s going to be a body horror. So it wasn’t really intentional to work in that genre, but it’s one that resonates the most with my experience here.What’s your favorite book of all time?Probably The Waves by Virginia Woolf. The second one, I’d say, is the entire Neapolitan novels collection by Elena Ferrante. They have been so influential to me in terms of how I relate to women in my life. The third is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I just missed that main character so much after reading it.Do you listen to music when you write?I listen to a lot of Beethoven—his late quartets and slow movements. I listen to symphonies. And then besides that, I love Frank Ocean, James Blake, Dan Deacon, and Mitski.What’s the best wellness treatment you’ve ever had?I’ve had some pretty amazing body work massages. There’s a package you can get at Pearl Spa in San Francisco—it’s three hours long and there’s no part of you that’s untouched. They scrub away everything until you’re a brand new person. It’s wild—you’re just their play-thing on the table. I loved that. I did have an amazing facial at Biologique Recherche in Paris—I wanted to do the mothership thing.Have you ever experienced a wellness horror story of your own?Something that happens to me often is what I call “avocado face.” This happened a lot when I was working at the store: I’ll try something new and within a few moments, my skin would raise and become red and leathery. It would really feel like an avocado. And then I would have to go on steroids—it wouldn’t go away by itself.