Hunter McGrady on How She’s Taking Care of Her Mental Health During the Pandemic

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Grappling with the coronavirus pandemic on top of life’s everyday stressors hasn’t been easy for anyone – even for model and activist Hunter McGrady, who has been a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model since 2017, has more than 700,000 followers on Instagram, and is the founder of the inclusive QVC clothing line All Worthy, which offers sizes ranging from XXS-5X, (0-36). McGrady has been a fierce advocate for body acceptance and body diversity in media and fashion, and her line proves that style and comfort shouldn’t have a size limit.

As for how she has been taking care of her mental health during the pandemic, McGrady has found solace in meditation. She uses the Breethe meditation and sleep app every morning, and told POPSUGAR via email that it has been helping to keep her “sane” and “feeling great.” She added, “My favourite one is the gratitude meditation because it really puts so much in perspective!”

In addition to meditating, she’s been relieving stress with podcasts and hour-long walks. She also likes moving her body during virtual workouts with her trainer Megan Roup, either from her Instagram Live or her app The Sculpt Society. McGrady said Roup preaches that even if you can only get up and move five minutes a day, that is successful. “I think that’s an excellent approach,” McGrady said. “It really makes working out enjoyable whether you’re doing 5 minutes or 50 minutes.”

She’s also a partner with Mirror, the smart mirror that streams thousands of workout classes from trainers and lets you check your form. “Today, I could only do a 15 min workout and for that I am proud,” she wrote in an Instagram caption on Dec. 27. She also noted in the caption that while she started 2020 as an advanced fitness person, she finds herself back at beginner, which, she said, is “perfectly ok” and that “it is always ok to begin again.”

Still, with all the pressure people face to not gain weight during the pandemic, it can be easy for that negative self-talk to creep in. “Affirmations are everything!” she said. “I’m finding a lot of negative self-talk regarding our bodies and weight gain from quarantine, but you really have to give yourself some grace and be kind to yourself. Your body is getting you through this and keeping you healthy and that is what you have to appreciate and focus on.”

As the title of McGrady’s clothing line reminds us, we are all worthy – and now, more than ever, it’s important to remind ourselves of this.

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