Jennifer Aniston’s Advice to Her 30-Year-Old Self is Great for Anyone

Jennifer Aniston rose to fame on the hit 90s sitcom, Friends. Though the show has been off the air for nearly two decades, fans still remember Aniston as her iconic character, Rachel Green.

Now starring in Apple’s The Morning Show, the 51-year-old is taking time to reflect on her life and what she would do differently. In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Aniston discussed what advice she would give her 30-year-old self. Though her remarks reflect on her personal experience, it’s advice that anyone could benefit from. 

Jennifer Aniston opens up about her childhood

Aniston seems to have it all. She’s beautiful. She’s successful. And she just seems to exude confidence.

But recently, The Marley and Me actress opened up about her childhood and revealed that it wasn’t as stable and happy as the actress appears to be now. Though the actress has talked about her parents before, in a recent interview with Interview, Aniston revealed that watching her parents as she grew up taught her who she didn’t want to be.

She told Sandra Bullock, who was conducting the interview that she considered her childhood home “destabilized and unsafe.” She says she thinks that seeing adults be mean to each other and “witnessing certain things about human behavior,” made her decide that that’s not what she wants. That’s not who she wants to be.

Jennifer Aniston’s advice to her younger self

Jennifer Aniston attends the season 3 premiere of "The Leftovers" at Avalon Hollywood.
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In 2013, Aniston sat down for an interview with Glamour magazine. This time the interviewer was her We’re the Millers co-star Jason Sudeikis.

During the interview, the pair discussed their lives and where they are today. But Sudeikis also asked his co-star to reflect on the past.

Midway through the interview, Sudeikis asked the actress what she would tell her teenage self. The response was typical and something we all wish we would have known: “Don’t try so hard. Pay attention. Do your homework. Go to class.”

For her 20s, her advice was a little more insightful. She says she would tell her 20-year-old self: “Not to fret so much.”

But the advice she would give her 30-year-self is advice that we should all listen to. At this age, it’s a time where you have a better understanding of yourself and are carving out your future.

Aniston says, to her 30-year-old self, she would say: “Go to therapy. Clean up all of the sh-t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self.”

Everyone can take Jennifer Aniston’s advice

This isn’t the only time the star has discussed how therapy has helped her. In 2015, the actress did a revealing interview with The Hollywood Reporter. In the interview, she discussed a lot of the drama that surrounded her life. 

She brought up her relationship with her mother, her infamous split from fellow actor Brad Pitt, and also revealed that she suffers from dyslexia. 

To help her through some of her toughest times, Aniston has turned to therapy. In fact, at the time of the interview, it was a regular part of her routine. 

During therapy, her favorite therapist, who tragically died while the actress was going through her divorce, helped her face her anger issues. The star discussed how she had a tendency to bottle things up and how this would cause her problems on set. 

Through therapy, the actress has learned to recognize her anger and understand how to assert herself. She is now open with her emotions and her feeling about what is going on.

In addition to therapy, her therapist helped her integrate other therapeutic activities in her life. One of her favorites: mediation.

Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter that she would start her day with meditation, right after coffee and right before the day’s chaos began. It sounds like she’s got things figured out.