Rihanna Revealed How She Maintains a Healthy Work-Life Balance
She told Interview about her new approach to taking personal days for her mental health.
If you only read one more thing today, it should be Interview's new cover story with Rihanna. Along with new pictures of the mogul in a wrestling mask and a leopard print catsuit, it includes an interview conducted by Rihanna's Ocean's 8 co-star Sarah Paulson.
The two touched on a variety of topics, like Rihanna's childhood and who she's dating (answer: "Google it"). But one of the most valuable takeaways is the singer's outlook on mental health days.
It should come as news to no one that Rihanna is incredibly busy. She's working on a new album right now in addition to her responsibilities with her Fenty Beauty, lingerie, and fashion lines. In her interview, the singer explained that she's learned she needs to take personal days for the sake of her mental health. (Related: Rihanna Had the Most Appropriate Response to Everyone Who's Been Fat-Shaming Her)
"It's only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself, because your mental health depends on it," she told Paulson. She's recently started marking "P" for "personal day" on two- to three-day blocks on her calendar, using the time to step away from work. (Related: 5 Lagree-Inspired Abs and Butt Exercises from Rihanna's Trainer)
Rihanna explained that she still works crazy hours (some of her meetings last long past midnight, she said). But when she's off-duty, she makes a point to slow down. "I've made little things a big deal, like going for a walk or going to the grocery store," she said. "I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, 'I need to make time for this.' Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well." (Related: The Surprising Way Working Long Hours At the Office Impacts Your Health)
The topic of work-life balance in relation to mental health is super relevant RN, as the World Health Organization recently recognized burnout as a legit medical condition. So while some people might just need a few more "P's" on their calendar, others might need treatment to cope with work-related exhaustion. But with Rihanna as proof, no one should feel like they have to choose between their mental health and career success.