Jessica Christie is a published plus size model and has progressed her modelling career over the past seven years through her Higher Education studies and professional career in Higher Education academic standards. We caught up with her to find out how she practices self care on a Sunday.
I have a very busy work life. If I am not in the office, I am in the studio, on location or in negotiation with potential projects. I had a difficult time managing my workload when I had a manager, so now I do this myself. Sometimes I find it hard to turn off, relax and enjoy some free time. I enjoy the networking benefits that come with social media, so a lot of my time is spent using technology.
What does your ideal Sunday look like?
I have a close family, so my ideal Sunday is getting all the family together. I am very close to my mother and sister, and my sister has four affectionate, clever, beautiful children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. My husband and I live on the seafront in Brighton which the kids love visiting because they can play on the beach and see the sea. Spending time with them and cooking them lovely food is the best R&R.
How do you make sure your beauty regime is part of your self-care Sundays?
I tend to take a low maintenance approach to my beauty regime but I have a few things that I like to do that makes me feel good, but I don’t solely save these for Sundays.
Self-care is an important part of daily life, I take the little and often tactic with self-care.
For example, I enjoy having scented candles and a soak in the bath. I love to do this when I get home from the gym during the week. I love to burn the Seychelles candle from the white company while I deep condition my hair. I also love to spend time having my nails done, which I do on my way home from work sometimes. I also feel extra good when I have eyelash extensions. I like to keep these natural looking, but I prefer to have extensions rather than wearing mascara as most makeup brands make my eyes itch. My nail and lash technician works from her home salon and is it is such a relaxing experience. She is based in Brighton and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/the.beauty.edit.1/
What does ‘me time’ mean to you?
‘Me time’ is me people watching from the window seat in my living room, which overlooks the seafront. The sea and the hustle of people relaxes me. ‘Me time’ is me taking my 40 minute walking commute along the seafront and through the city in the morning. ‘Me time’ is me cooking real, home cooked food in my kitchen; listening to new music while I have a really good workout; it is sitting on my sofa in the evening with my husband, watching box sets of Netflix; it is reading in bed on weekend mornings.
Favourite DIY beauty hack?
This is easy! I make the best face mask/body scrub.
- Warm coconut oil so it turns into a liquid
- Mix it ground coffee until it turns into a paste
- Finish with a few drops of orange essence oil for the smell!
It leaves your skin feeling super soft, bright and smelling great.
What supplements do you use to nurture yourself, your skin and your hair?
I’m not very good at religiously taking supplements. When I feel tired and run down, I have a tall glass of water with a fizzy multi-vitamin and a dash of aloe-vera juice in the morning. This perks me right up. I am a SuperFoodLx super-fan and have been following the success of their available supplements. I want to try out the hair, skin and nails tablets. This will be in my next order!
Favourite playlist / podcast for those days you are spending taking ‘me time’?
I love listening to Bon Iver when I am relaxing. I think their music is so peaceful and poetic. I went to see them live in London earlier this year and it was the best gig I have ever been to. However, my favourite thing to do when I’m having ‘me time’ is to listen to podcasts. Recently, I have found it difficult to keep a healthy attitude towards my own body image and a positive relationship with food. This is exacerbated with the work I do in the plus size industry. I have found in recent years that I can easily put myself down and have developed anxieties in this area.
It is so important to create a healthy environment for your body and mind at whatever size, but sometimes we need help reminding ourselves that we are unique and comparison to others is void because no two people are made up the same.
I do this by regularly listening to the podcast FoodPsych hosted by Christy Harrison (on Instagram under @chr1styharrison) who is an anti-diet dietitian and intuitive eating coach. Her message, along with the voices and perspectives of her guest speakers is so empowering.
What is your favourite activity to indulge in when you have five minutes to yourself?
I love to sing and I love to dance. I am very audience shy, and I wouldn’t even do this in front of my husband! When I get a minute, I put on some music and I sing my heart out, at the top of my voice. My poor neighbours!
How does self-care fit into your daily life?
As I have said before, this is an important aspect of my daily life. Self-care to me is all about feeling content, confident and good from within. In order for me to feel like this my number one thing is to eat good, tasty food that is full of nourishment and flavour. I have learned that there are foods I love the taste of, but it doesn’t make my body feel great so I eat these in moderation. Another way I make myself feel this way is to move my body. I love spin classes, weight lifting and swimming. I am lucky enough to have a trainer @1vshape that I see once a week and I have joined a great gym @virginactiveuk near my work and I mix cardio, lifting and conditioning between 4-6 times a week. It makes me feel alive, healthy and strong. I like to wear nice workout gear, and afterwards if I have time I take a quick dip in the pool and indulge in a steam and sauna.
What’s your favourite self-care ritual?
I’m really into fashion and makeup. My favourite ritual is getting ready for spending time with loved ones. Wearing beautiful clothes and having my face done how I like with voluminous, shiny, curly hair is my favourite ritual.
What do you struggle with most when it comes to taking time off?
I am SO BAD at turning off. Sometimes I frustrate myself because I will be in great company, or at an amazing place and my mind will be with my work or being self-critical and I am missing the time I am currently experiencing! With time, I have become to recognise this in myself and I take a second to look at my friends smiling faces, take a deep breath and turn my attentions to the room. I still find myself having to consciously do this, but being present has become easier in times of internal stress. Guided meditation has helped me too.
How do you consciously take time away from the online world?
Again, this is something I really struggle with. The online world is such a huge part of my life, some days it’s great and it empowers me and motivates me. Whereas other days it fills me with self-doubt and feelings of failure. The best way to keep on top of this is to recognise the kind of feelings I am experiencing. ‘Log off’ mentally and physically if needed and I tend to keep my weekends relatively free of online activity.
What’s your favourite book to reclaim time for yourself?
At the moment it is a book called ‘The Goddess Revolution: Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life,’ its by Mel Wells. I bought it to gain a deeper insight into the practice of intuitive eating but it is so much more than that. It presents a completely different perspective on the psychological struggles of diet culture, not just about eating habits, but also with regards to the way we see ourselves and the opportunities missed. Mel picks up on this and explains new perspectives in which we can view these moments that unchains our behaviours that have been conditioned by diet culture. It is worth being mindful that it’s still coming from a perspective of ‘intuitive eating’ for weight loss, but it’s a nice start to gaining confidence and love from within. I hope that we can all move to a place where we can allow our bodies to look how they need to, and move away from the constraints of shrinking ourselves in order to conform.
What is your favourite Netflix and Chill series/documentary?
My favourite Netflix series has to be Orange is the New Black. I think the characters, script, story lines are just genius! I also love a Luis Theroux documentary. I think his style and line of questioning is fascinating.
What is your favourite self-love Insta account?
Christy Harrison posts some quotes from her podcasts which can be quite powerful. If you are into plus fashion and body positivity at every size @tallulah_moon posts some beautiful shots – mostly beach and bikini but some fashion and family life too. Also, @aliceliveing is a women’s health columnist, personal trainer and posts lovely, nourishing food, exercises, and mental health awareness. Given her audience as a health columnist, she has a good platform to advocate a non-weight focus approach to healthy living – which I think she does nicely. She’s also got a killer smile and has a great online personality.
For more from Jessica, head to her website or find her on Instagram.