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Rosario Dawson Reveals How She Stays Mentally Healthy

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By Nic Morales

Rising to fame in the 1990s with roles in hits like Josie and the Pussycats, Men in Black II, and He Got Game, Rosario Dawson has surely made a name for herself. She continues to star in various movies, but she goes into detail on how it hasn't always been easy for her to be so busy.

Keeping her mental space healthy is a top priority for Dawson. She's learned from her past how to tackle tough spots in her future.

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On the feminist podcast Morado Lens, Dawson opened up about being abused as a child, and how it had an impact on how she dealt with issues in the entertainment industry since. She said,

“I was raped and molested as a child, so for me the world was like that since I was a child. So when I saw it at the workplace, it wasn’t foreign to me. It was like, well, that even happens within family. It happens with people that are supposed to take care of you when you’re a child.”

Sweet Isabella

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In 2014, Dawson adopted a daughter, named Isabella. Her main focus has been to be a good role model for Isabella. Children learn from their parents by observation, not by what is told to them. Dawson understands this very thing, and tells Women's Health,

“Kids don’t listen to you; they emulate you. I was always looking around the corner, wondering when my life was going to properly start. I’m in a different space to enjoy it now. I need to model that.”

Taking Self Time-Outs

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Life's a big experiment, and Dawson is still trying to figure out what works best to keep her sanity. Aren't we all? She shares the different techniques she's tried and found successful.

“I will take a bath or do a face mask or read something poetic that’s just for me. It’s only been in recent years where I’m like, ‘Let me get a massage.’ It’s actually necessary. If I don’t prioritize mindfulness, I am not going to be there for everybody in the way I need to be.”

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Occupying a healthy mind is severely impacted by the food we put in our bodies. Dawson understands this as well and expresses how she tries to continue to eat healthily.

She has turned to a vegan diet, eating lots of green vegetables and power foods, but she will still eat off the diet every once in a while. Afterall, the key to diet success is not being too hard on yourself.

“I want to have as much clarity as possible and be very intentional about every day,” she tells Women's Health.

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