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Ayesha Curry Shares Her Quarantine Routine

In our Sleeping With… series, we speak to people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life to find out how they make sleep magic happen. In light of the current events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the racial violence against Black people, we’re expanding these conversations to ask some of our favorite people how they’re taking care of themselves right now.

Ayesha Curry has her hands in many pots, both literally and figuratively. The mother, cookbook author, restaurateur, and new face of Fitbit has been busy quarantining at home with her husband, NBA player Stephen Curry, and their three children: Riley, 8; Ryan, 5; and Canon, 2. She cooks three-plus meals a day, goes on active outdoor dates with her husband (“It’s reignited the flames, if you will,” she tells SELF), wakes up early to work out, and, you know, teaches her children about the importance of face masks in a pandemic and fighting systemic racism.

Even with her plate so full, Curry has found that quarantine has provided her with the unusual opportunity to spend uninterrupted time at home and cultivate a wellness routine that makes her feel good. Read on for more of what life is like for Curry as she navigates her own wellness needs and those of her family, and how she’s sleeping now.

How are you doing? I know you have three little kids, a Fitbit partnership, a restaurant, a new magazine, a new cookbook coming out, a foundation

I mean, there are a lot of new normals, but I wouldn’t dare complain. I would say we’re doing just fine, and kind of finding the silver linings and able to focus on self-care a little bit more—and focus on our children and really take the time to just engage with them on a daily basis, around the clock. There’s definitely bright spots.

What does your “new normal” routine look like right now?

I am a very lucky woman because my husband has actually been waking up with the kids every morning, and I get an extra 20 minutes of sleep, and that has been life-changing. For the first time in eight years, I’m the one to get the extra sleep. So that’s been really special. For a while, [our routine] was looking like Zoom school every day, because the kids were still in school. So just balancing work, both of their Zoom schedules, cooking round the clock for everybody—that’s been wild. I’ve always cooked with passion and made sure that dinner’s on the table. But during this time it’s been breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, every single day. We’ve just been at home, trying to keep it together.

How have your kids been adjusting to all of the time at home?

Honestly, I think they’ve been loving it. I think they love the fact that they’ve had both of us home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, month in and month out. Right now I think they’re really enjoying everything, and when we do have to start traveling or start to go back to work outside of our home, I think that’s going to be the tough part.

How have you been taking time for yourself? Have you been able to?

I’ve done it in the form of figuring out a workout routine and really sticking with it. Now that I’m working from home, [my workout routine] doesn’t change, whereas when things were normal and I would have to travel a lot, that would be my excuse as to why I couldn’t work out, or why I couldn’t have the scheduled routine. That kind of went out the door when all of this happened. I feel like work was always my outlet, and now the workout has become my outlet. I’m able to remove myself and go get the workout in and not feel guilty about it, and that’s been new for me. That’s how I’ve really found self-care. And then it’s like this domino effect, because I feel like now that I have the workout regimen, for some reason it helps me sleep better. Everything just seems to move better. And while sometimes it sucks in the morning to get going and get the workout done, the aftermath is always great. It took me 31 years to figure that out.

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