Beyoncé Opens Up About the ‘Positive Rituals’ That Changed Her Life for the Better

When it comes to self-care, Beyoncé hasn’t always put her body or her mental health first. Over the years, the singer has pushed herself to the limit resulting in her neglecting her body and following a flawed health regime. However, that all changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as Beyoncé used that time to create “positive rituals,” which have not only improved her overall health but modified her life for the better.

Beyoncé posing on the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
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Beyoncé reveals how she changed her life during quarantine

Before quarantine, putting mental health first had been a challenge for many people, including Beyoncé.

With her performing sold-out shows worldwide, growing her clothing line Ivy Park, and being a hands-on mother to her three children, focusing on herself had never been a main priority for the hitmaker.

But while quarantining with her family amid the coronavirus pandemic, Beyoncé realized just how important it is to have a healthy relationship with her body. It was then she decided to change her life by putting more energy into her self-care regimes.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the singer confessed that she used to think “self-care meant exercising” but has since learned that “mental health is self-care too.”

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“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,” the Queen Bey explained. “Mental health is self-care too. I’m learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen. It’s a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!”

While listening to her body has helped Beyoncé stay mentally and physically well, this isn’t the only thing that has changed her life for the better.

“During quarantine, I went from overindulgences to creating positive rituals drawing from past generations and putting my own spin on things,” Beyoncé shared. “I discovered CBD on my last tour, and I’ve experienced its benefits for soreness and inflammation. It helped with my restless nights and the agitation that comes from not being able to fall asleep. I found healing properties in honey that benefit me and my children. And now I’m building a hemp and a honey farm. I’ve even got hives on my roof!”

Beyoncé spent ‘too much time’ on diets in the past

In addition to bettering her mental health, Bey has also been working on maintaining a healthy diet.

A few years back when she was preparing to perform at Coachella 2018, Beyoncé pushed herself beyond her limits to headline the event. In her 2019 Netflix documentary Homecoming, the “Crazy In Love” singer got candid about the taxing preparation leading up to the performance, sharing that she followed a strict diet and pushed herself physically.

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“In order for me to meet my goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol,” Beyoncé said in the film, according to Vox. “And I’m hungry.”

According to Bey, there were days she thought that she would “never be the same,” and often questioned if she could regain the “strength and endurance” she once had.

In the end, the singer proved to herself that she still had what it took to put on a showstopping performance.

Beyoncé is making herself a priority

Since her Coachella set, Beyoncé has maintained her healthy lifestyle. However, instead of pushing herself physically to keep her body looking its best, she’s found that being conscious of her overall health and putting herself first is a lot more beneficial.

“I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I have not always made myself a priority. I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage.”

Beyoncé added, “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.”