Hailee Steinfeld, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer, knows the value of putting yourself first. Not only is it something she croons about in her own music, she implements it in her everyday life.
The “Love Myself” singer’s resume features a national tour, acting in films like “True Grit” and “Pitch Perfect 3,” and serving as an ambassador for Mission, a workout apparel and accessories brand. That hardly gives her enough time to think, let alone indulge in an elaborate self-care routine.
But that’s exactly why she makes time to do it.
Below, Steinfeld breaks down how she takes care of her body and brain, from sneaking in time for exercise to handling the pressure to appear perfect on social media. And it all starts the moment she wakes up.
Would you say that you’re a morning person or no?
Ahhh, no! I’m not.
What time do you like to wake up?
Ideally not before 10 a.m.
Do you use a snooze button?
You know what? I don’t think I’ve ever hit the snooze button more times than I did the other day. I don’t normally! What I usually do is set different alarms, but the other day I think I hit that button like seven times.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Oatmeal and scrambled eggs.
Do you prefer coffee, tea or neither?
Tea, but I don’t drink caffeine, so decaffeinated tea.
Do you prefer to exercise in the morning or at night?
What’s on your workout playlist right now?
Since releasing her first single “Love Myself” in 2015, Hailee Steinfeld has continued to promote a message of positivity. But the actress-singer admits that even she has days when it’s tough to feel confident.
“Scrolling through Instagram, I’ve been guilty of comparing myself,” Steinfeld, 21, tells PEOPLE. “But instead I’m like, ‘Wow, I admire her dedication. If I want that, I can work for it.’ You can feel unconfident, that’s normal. But you can also do whatever you want to feel confident, and if that means changing something about yourself, do it. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
The Pitch Perfect star, who’s partnered with activewear brand Mission, has learned that social media isn’t where she should search for acceptance.
“It’s definitely not a place anybody should go to for validation — I can’t find it there,” she says. “I think you’ve got to find it within yourself, and if you’re going to post something, post it because you love it or you like the way you look or you like what’s in the photo. That way you don’t necessarily care what people have to say about it.”
Steinfeld says that surrounding herself with inspiring women has also helped her become empowered. “I started to feel like, just in a two-minute meet-and-greet with a fan or working with women on my team, there’s so much to be motivated by.”
On days when she’s feeling low, Steinfeld will turn to a workout to “sweat it out.”
“I love to get it all out that way,” she says. “It’ a form of escape.”
Workout time often doubles as family time for Steinfeld, who’s trainer is her father Peter. “He’s one of my best friends,” she gushes. “It’s hard for me to listen to anybody else because I really think he’s the best.”
But she did have to establish a few boundaries when training with dad. “There were times when I was like, ‘You’re my dad when you’re my dad. You’re Pete when you’re training me, and that’s it,’ ” Steinfeld says. “But then he’d be pushing me and I’d be like, ‘Dad, I don’t want to do that!’ ”