Elsa Pataky using meditation to unwind during lockdown

Elsa Pataky has a newfound respect for meditation after turning to it as a way to unwind during the Covid-19 lockdown.As well as being an advocate for physical wellbeing, the Fast & Furious actress is focusing on her mental health as she self-isolates …

Elsa Pataky has a newfound respect for meditation after turning to it as a way to unwind during the Covid-19 lockdown.

As well as being an advocate for physical wellbeing, the Fast & Furious actress is focusing on her mental health as she self-isolates at home in Australia, with husband Chris Hemsworth and their three children – India, eight, and six-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan.

“Once the kids are asleep, I try to meditate for 10 to 15 minutes, and I make sure I read and unwind before going to bed. At home we always try to put our phones aside just after dinner and we don’t check them before bedtime, so we properly disconnect from the world for few hours,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

And the 43-year-old has a strict daily routine that enables her to squeeze in a workout around juggling her work and family life.

“I make sure I organise my time during the day and I follow a similar routine every day. For instance, I always try to fit in my exercise in the mornings – it doesn’t need to be full-on workouts, but any type of movement,” Elsa explained. “I try to make sure I do at least three to four workouts a week, mostly HIITs (20-40 min of intermediate training). The days I don’t, I would either surf or go horse riding.”

The Spanish star is trying to stick to a balanced diet while cooped up at her beachside home in Byron Bay, but there are times when she indulges in some treats with the kids on her cheat days.

“I do love cooking fresh fish in the oven or the grill, although my favourite moments are to cook and bake with my children. We always try to do it once every few weeks – from pizzas in the oven to yummy cookies,” she shared.

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