Christina Aguilera is a total hottie on the cover of Women's Health, looking fit, confident, and healthy both physically and mentally.
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The pop star and The Voice coach had A LOT to say about the importance of self-care, especially for mothers:
"Mothers are constantly expected to be the nurturers, the givers, the providers of a comfortable home. We're expected to be pregnant, have the kids, breastfeed once we have the babies. And we're expected to look amazing after baby, right? Keep our husbands and boyfriends interested—because we're supposed to get back to sexy and keep things exciting in the bedroom. There's such a long list."
"Having children is the ultimate joy, and I love my kids, but women have to find time to nurture themselves. If someone has a baby, the first thing I'm like is, 'OK, are you taking care of you?'"
Right on! If a mother isn't taking care of herself, how can she be expected to take care of her family?
The 35-year-old also preaches positivity and moderation:
"I would say to any woman: 'Don't be too hard on yourself!' If you're not feeling confident on a certain day, you have to let that go, and own, 'Yeah, I'm not feeling confident today,' and you move on and try to enjoy the best you can. I'm not into deprivation; I'm not into suffering into getting a great body or the body that you want. I'm into enjoying life, being conscious and aware, but also breathing into yourself and owning what you got."
That's solid advice.
Xtina credits yoga with making her feel better about herself as a whole:
"It takes time, I think, to build confidence and to grow into feeling comfortable in your own skin. It is what you feel inside and how you can exude it and how you own it, sometimes in front of a camera. It's difficult on days when you don't feel it, but it is things like yoga that has helped me to know how to center myself and how to bring myself into that place of awareness and just being able to breathe into my own body. My whole life, I feel like I've lived many years growing up in this business, from 7-years-old on, and very much a fight-or-flight mode and its things like yoga that brings you outside of that chaotic moment and then draws you inside to connect with what really is meaningful to you and sort of your inner light which then connects with your confidence."
An indulgent spa day doesn't hurt either!
"On my days off, if I can plan some quality spa time, that is like my heaven. A spa vacation that literally is not just a spa day, with a massage and maybe a bath, but a spa 'experience' is the ultimate. It's everything."
As for baby daughter Summer Rain, Christina gushes about the little bundle of joy:
"I swear if I hadn't called her Summer I would've called her Joy because she just lights up a room and she illuminates brightness and happiness."
Sounds like she really knows what she's about!
See pics from her spread in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Women's Health]
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