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If Rihanna Is Somehow Able To Balance Self Care And Work, So Can You

Her entire chat with Sarah Paulson is the free life seminar everyone needs.

Between being the world’s richest female musician, pushing boundaries with her wildly successful Fenty fashion line, and just being an all-around legend, it’s perhaps a bit of an understatement that Rihanna is a VERY busy person these days. It makes me wonder if she ever sleeps given how packed her schedule is.

One would think that RiRi’s work/life balance is pretty lopsided given everything she has on her plate, but you’d be surprised to hear that not everything is about work, work, work, work, work (sorry, I just had to) and taking care of her mental health has become a priority in recent years.

It’s all about self care, y’all.

In a wide-ranging chat with her Ocean’s 8 costar and fellow legend Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine, Rihanna revealed that she is a massive workaholic and it’s only been “the last couple of years” where she’s focused on making personal time for herself, her mental health, and happiness.

To paraphrase her, if you’re not happy, you’re certainly not going to be happy even when you do things you love doing.

She may be busy with so many things going on right now but the singer/businesswoman says she makes sure to take a few “personal days” off here and there to just unwind.

“Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well. I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time.

“On my calendar we now have the infamous “P,” which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

Beyond talking about balancing work and life, Rihanna and Sarah also chatted about a bunch of popcorn-worthy topics, such as the singer being a shy person in real life, dropping hints about her next album (it’ll be finished when it’s finished), her childhood, and great little moments when the two just shoot the s**t.

Oh, we also got an answer on whether RiRi sleeps and it turns out she does, albeit in “sleep pockets” that she squeezes in whenever she can hence why she takes personal days really seriously.

If someone as busy as Rihanna can take time personal time out for herself then the rest of us really don’t have an excuse. Beyond inspiring us with her approach towards self-care, her whole interview with Sarah is an absolute gem and you should absolutely read the entire thing several times over right here.

You May Hate Airlines Enforcing The Carry-On Weight Limit, But It's Actually Doing Some Good

And honestly, you don't need to carry that much stuff with on a flight anyway.

Airports seem to operate on an entirely different rule set compared to the rest of the universe. Case in point: it’s a thing that has spawned a subset of people who are deliberately late for their flights. What in the name of all things holy is that?

Now the latest thing to have caught my eye is the notion of carry-on luggage limits and the strict enforcing of said limits by airlines. To some, this seems like an affront to their entire existence as 7kgs (unless you pay extra) doesn’t go very far when you simply must bring along your pajamas, extra clothes for warmth, toiletries, the three big paperback novels you’ve been meaning to read over the last year, and all the electronic stuff you’ll end up wasting time on for the entire flight.

But as much as these limits suck, there’s method to the madness.

See, this whole carry-on baggage limits thing ties into another thing that only comes up at airports: duty free shopping and people with too much money to spend.

Some people like to take advantage of the tax-free prices that are available at airports and go into some sort of shopping frenzy where they buy heaps of crap before racing to the front of the boarding queue so they can stuff their purchases into the overhead cabins first, thereby taking up all that precious space.

Without baggage limits, these people could essentially buy their weight in random stuff and claim a monopoly over the overhead baggage space compartment, and the people who are too slow to board will be forced to carry their bags and suitcases in their laps for the entire flight. Flying generally sucks anyway and the last thing you need is additional frustration over some idiot hogging up all the overhead luggage space.

We don’t need those kind of people.

Throw in a few other practical reasons for carry-on limits – like not weighing down the plane and helping you to not blow your bank balance on duty free shopping – and it makes perfect sense why we have them in the first place. They’re not there to rip you off, they’re actually there to help you (and your wallet).

And besides, you’re not going to realistically need that much stuff on a flight anyway unless you’re going from Australia to London, so why do you need that much space anyway?

When Mental Health Forces An Elite Athlete To Retire At 23, We Can't Afford To Ignore It

Former Western Bulldogs premiership player Tom Boyd is rightfully putting his health above all else.

In some surprise news to come out of the AFL world, Western Bulldogs premiership player Tom Boyd has announced his immediate retirement from the sport.

In a statement put out by the Bulldogs, the 23-year-old former number 1 draft pick stated that AFL has taken a physical and mental toll on his health. After reflecting on his last five years in the sport, and his physical and mental health, Boyd recognised that he no longer had “the desire to play or the enjoyment of the game [he] used to have.

He then went on to thank the team at the Western Bulldogs for supporting him over the last few years as he sought treatment for injury and clinical depression.

“I have received unbelievable support from the players, coaches and staff at the Western Bulldogs, particularly over the last couple of years, which I will always appreciate.

“Leaving the game as a premiership player is something I will always be proud of, along with all the enduring relationships I have forged and the memories I have created along the way.” 

You can read his whole statement here.

The pressure of performing well at any job, let alone being an elite AFL player, can be overwhelming for some and Boyd’s decision to step away from the game for his own wellbeing is admirable.

During his hiatus from the sport in 2017 and 2018, Boyd devoted his time to advocate for mental health awareness in sport, and partnered up with Headspace Australia to talk about his struggles with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression as an elite athlete.

Boyd’s big decision to step away from AFL is incredibly brave and shows that there’s no shame at all in prioritising your health above all else. The fact that he was able to recognise his problems and seek help is an example for how all athletes should take care of themselves.

While there remains a negative stigma when it comes to seeking help, Boyd’s retirement is a big statement dispelling the notion that mental health struggles is very real problem and it is something we can’t afford to ignore.

If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline on 131114.

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