Well Intentioned: Kathryn Hahn on the Power of the Purge, And How to Creative Direct Your Dreams

From mantra to meditation, mindfulness to expression, Well Intested offers an insight into how to make space for self-care in meaningful ways, big and small.

Longtime fan of Kathryn Hahn may not be surprised by what the Internet has named Renaissance, the well-deserved primary success of one of the funniest women in Hollywood. Whether you meet her in Anchorman or Step brother or love her in cô bad mothers, you might not have missed her Emmy-nominated work Agnes (aka Agatha Harkness) in the popular Marvel Universe spin-off Scarlet Witch, WandaVision. “It’s crazy,” Hahn admits of nods from the Television Academy, not to mention how her summer went: for the past few months, Hahn has been living with her family in Greece, where she he’s filming Knife out 2 with Daniel Craig, Ethan Hawke and Kate Hudson. “It looks like Mamma Mia here. I’m going to buy a boutique hotel in a small resort and never come back home again,” she jokes about the hapless career turn that is enough to make anyone reel. But the 48-year-old mother-of-two, who recently partnered with the homecare brand 9 elements, focusing on being present with mantras, meditating, and finding solace in simple rituals, such as doing laundry. Oh, and stay away from social media. “I’m a techie,” admits Hahn, who is, in a fresh way, not on Instagram. Here, the talented actress reveals tips for clearing up her mind — and her wardrobe.

1. Set intentions for your dreams

“Historically, I wasn’t a heavy sleeper and that got worse as I got older. But my friend showed me how to work through your dreams and how you can really look forward to your dreams as a continuation of your creative work, because so many things strongly occurs when we sleep. So if you’re going to try to solve something, or I’m going to ask myself a specific question to answer in a dream, that really gets me excited to go to bed. These are things I’ve learned through acting coaches that I’ve incorporated into my own work, but the idea is to figure out how to use your sleep as an effective learning tool and not must be something scary. I also try to keep the devices away from my head and like to give myself an oil massage. I did a short Ayurvedic detox and cleanse at Surya Spa at the right hotel that is unbelievable. They have great body oil there, and i love Vintner’s Daughter for my face. I am obsessed with those products. I have one of them too ancient hammock, you hang on the doorknob and it literally hugs your neck, which is extremely useful before going to bed. During the pandemic, it is the best chiropractic massage alternative. You just have to really make sure no one is opening the door on the other end! “

Original hammock

Vintner Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Surya Spa Calming Body Oil

2. Shed Unnecessary Content

“Here’s a great tip from the pandemic — to learn what’s necessary and what’s not. Let’s just close the business that is not essential in our lives! I used the space shuttle as another metaphor for this: when it takes off, unnecessary things will start falling out. I am an avid shopper, and I love organizing a wardrobe. I would love to be a professional wardrobe organizer. Occasionally, I like to put my hands on all that I own, and if I haven’t worn something in a while: give it away or sell it. People keep things for so long that they don’t wear them – it drives me crazy. We don’t have a lot of closet space anyway so I just want good pieces that I’ll wear over and over again. I got old Phoebe Philo Celine pieces that I’ve been searching for on the Deep Web for several years! I also care about the sustainability of used clothes, so I love The Real Real, Vestiaire Collective, and I love and cherish Categorized. I got some great Martine Roses there, and I have an unreal Celine coat—old Celine, of course—on eBay!

3. Grateful

“Before I get out of bed, I try to make a gratitude list, wake up and write something down instead of staring at the screen. It can only be something that I’m grateful for because in my body, in my house, in my world, it’s been hard because we’re so hard on ourselves. I have notebook for these, I’ll record them until they’re done. I also use them for collages, with artwork my kids make and pictures from artists I like. I really like to print things out and record them, so I’m obsessed with tape—And double-sided tape. I also tried to read a Poems by Mary Oliver with my husband every day, it’s so romantic. We stopped, but we really need to get back to that! “

4. Laundry

“My husband makes lunch, I go to bed and get dressed. I don’t know why laundry is my job, but it’s the only cleaning job I enjoy doing. There is something meditative about it. I use 9 ingredient detergent because I like the smell and it prevents hard water buildup, to be honest, nobody We have time for! My clothes ended up not stiffening and the yellow underarm stains were gone and won’t come back again. The fact that it was founded by two female scientists doesn’t matter either. In Greece there is no dryer and everyone is drying their clothes, which makes a lot of sense and I think we can try it when we get home.”

9-ingredient liquid laundry detergent, eucalyptus scent

5. Meditate and breathe

“As I get older, I need to sit still every day to focus my mind and try to stay present. My brain tends to run ahead or fix on the past, and meditation and breathing will help. This is all very new to me, though. I cannot tell you how many years people have been throwing meditation books at me – literally – and I always say, “What are you talking about? I have never read this.” But after this year, I think, I’ll give it another try — anything that dissolves the ego is beneficial because oof, it can get noisy here. And it can be any kind of meditation—anything away from the screen, even just going for a walk, or being with my kids and talking about nonsense. Again: it’s about presence. There is a yoga teacher in LA named Kyle Miller and she has a couple of online classes that I like. I see her via Zoom several times a week during the pandemic, and her breathing class opened up my world. It’s just a more active type of meditation, especially for those who can’t sit with themselves. But it really takes center stage and clears away the cobwebs. I’m traditionally a reactive person and it’s a nervous time, so this has helped me learn to breathe before I say something or hit send. In Greece I have seen two shepherds with their flocks, and I have never seen more satisfied people in all my life. We are all very worried. What’s wrong with us?! My mantra has become ‘I am gentle, you are light, we are light,’ and repeating it just cools the ego. ”

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