Inside Naz Esfahani's Refreshingly Simple Self-Care Routine
It's just another manic Sunday.
By: Mahyar Panahi
In this episode of Self-Care Sunday, musician and artist Naz Esfahani invites us to experience a day off that's still very much on. The self-proclaimed maximalist and antique devotee shares her approach on "unwinding through indulgence" and talks breakfast foods, her midnight beauty routine, and the importance of an "emotional" floral arrangement. See below for more thoughts from Esfahani on how to relax after a busy week.

What activities do you love to lift your spirits and alleviate stress?

"I would never describe myself as an anxious person, and people always seem jealous when I say that, but I don't know if it's the best character trait. I do feel an almost perpetual sense of existential dread, and I try to temper that with nihilism, so when I wake up then I like to start the day with a green juice and my mantras. The juice is easy - kale, green apples, parsley, cucumber, lemon juice, and then the mantras are interchangeable but my favorite right now is you're dead, nothing can hurt you which I repeat to myself while I look in the mirror and watch myself drinking the juice. I think a mantra is only truly effective when you focus on the more mundane elements of the human body as you're speaking. If I watch my mouth move around a metal straw for 11 minutes then I start to feel a deep calm, and that's a lovely way to start off the day. Then I typically do a handstand for as long as my body will allow and head out."

What activities or products do you love to take care of your body?

"Physical activity is really important to me, but I find cardio really dull. I've dated a lot of runners, and I've tried running with them, or running with friends, or just by myself, and I can never fully lose myself to it. I'm too aware that I'm running. That's why I like yoga so much, I think, which for me is a practice more about elevating myself beyond simply living in a flesh and bone prison."

If you have an entire day to yourself, without any responsibilities, where are you and what are you doing?


What are your five to ten must-have products for self-care and beauty?


Are there any special (or unusual) self-care or beauty practices that you swear by?