Gabrielle Union on Diversity in the Wellness Industry: “It Can’t Be 1 Size Fits All”

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For Gabrielle Union, maintaining a sense of calm is all about establishing a routine and sticking to it. The actress relies on a combination of therapy (she’s a huge proponent, and it’s been part of her life for nearly 30 years), guided meditation, and positive affirmation. Lately, she also swears by what she calls “Operation Shut It Down,” when her family winds down at night by turning off electronics and respecting each other’s quiet time.
“When you’re just trapped in the house, for us, it’s been key to have a routine,” she told me during a recent phone interview, “and we didn’t have one because we would all be, like, a slave to our phones and our laptops and iPads. So just giving yourself a break to sleep. It shouldn’t sound like a radical act, but it is, and it’s been a massive game changer for us.”
The meditation portion of Union’s wellness routine didn’t come easy at first. In fact, she initially approached the mindfulness practice with skepticism. “I was introduced to meditation years ago by one of those, I call them ‘earthy, crunchy, granola people’ in my life,” Union said, “and I was like, ‘Yeah, OK. Maybe that’s not for me. I don’t think I’m that kind of person.'”
It wasn’t until earlier this year, when she found herself especially in need of peace, that she decided to give it another try. Her friend and Dear White People star Logan Browning began sharing meditation videos on Instagram, and …

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