In the whirlwind of a mega-star’s bustling life, juggling numerous gigs and performances, self-care often takes a backseat.
However, for renowned R&B sensation Usher, prioritizing his well-being, especially mentally, remains at the forefront.
Usher, also known as Usher Raymond IV, underscores the importance of self-love and forgiveness as he gears up for his 2024 Super Bowl halftime show performance, following the conclusion of his extended Las Vegas residency.
In a recent interview with Vogue’s culture editor for their winter issue, Usher delved into his commitment to self-care.
“When is the last time you looked in a mirror and really looked at yourself?” He questioned and emphasized the significance of expressing self-love and forgiveness during these moments.
Usher revealed that his morning routine often involves affirmations in front of the mirror, a practice he finds empowering.
“It’s a little psyched-out to say this, but it made me feel good. I was like: You need to look at yourself and say: Hey, whatever you’re dealing with, I love you,” he shared with Vogue.
Experts, like mindfulness and meditation teacher Dora Kamau from Headspace, highlight the effectiveness of mirror affirmations in combating imposter syndrome.
Kamau suggests reflecting on the evidence and impact of one’s achievements, reassuring oneself that they are in their current position for a reason.
Beyond mirror affirmations, Usher’s dedication to self-care extends to regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, prioritizing his four-year relationship, and actively raising his four children.
According to Vogue, he takes an additional step in nurturing his mental health by engaging in regular therapy sessions and incorporating daily meditation into his routine.
Meditation, according to experts, serves as a powerful tool for countering negative thoughts that may arise, especially before high-stakes performances.
Oren Jay Sofer, speaking on the podcast “Ten Percent Happier,” emphasizes the transformative impact of uplifting the heart even slightly, providing individuals with increased energy and strength to focus on their passions and priorities.