Jessica Alba: ‘When I’m feeling anxious, I hold on to a crystal’

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Jessica Alba covers the latest issue of Women’s Health, mostly to promote The Honest Company, but really she’s not specifically promoting one big project (she has some stuff in the pipeline though). We can go months without hearing anything about or from Alba, which is kind of okay with me? At best, she’s kind of boring. At worst, she’s the kind of person who thinks she’s too beautiful to work consistently in Hollywood. Alba chatted with Women’s Health about The Honest Company, how the pandemic changed her perspective, her diet and fitness and a lot more. It’s just kind of a chill interview. Some highlights:

She’s been working from home, in her closet: “This is where I take my meetings. Total privacy. I don’t need to hear my kids, and they don’t need to hear me.”

She would have sleep-anxiety about work: “I often would wake up in the middle of the night with that heart-beating-fast, drenched-in-sweat, three-in-the-morning panic. That was something I just accepted. I like to execute with excellence. I remember every small, dumb detail. It all stays in this brain, and it’s really hard to shut off. I think that’s common, especially for women. And it’s just not okay.”

What the pandemic has taught her: “The pandemic has forced me to be comfortable with things not being completely buttoned up, with allowing myself to not always have the answer, for mistakes to kind of stay as is. It’s also reinforced that real joy comes from the moments when, you know, we’re playing a game with the kids at dinner, or when [son] Hayes wants to show us his latest trick on the scooter, or from our family walks. That’s the stuff that truly matters.”

She’s really into crystals: Amethyst, pyrite, selenite, citrine, rose quartz—you name ’em, Jessica’s probably got ’em. “This is just a regular quartz…you know, standard issue.” She named a line of Honest lip glosses after different crystals, and she recently bought a crystal grid—a sunburst-shaped art piece meant to distribute energy—on Etsy. (It hangs on the wall of her closet office.) “When I’m feeling anxious, I hold on to a crystal and do breathing exercises and try to focus on the energy of love, kindness, and calming.”

Early-morning self-care: “In the mornings, I put on a face mask and a thick swipe of lip balm so I can be under this layer of hydration while I’m getting my coffee. My son is always like, ‘Mommy, what’s that?’ Every time he looks over at me when I’ve got the mask on, it’s like he’s seeing me for the first time,” she says, laughing. “But it reminds me that I’m allowed to take care of myself as well. It’s a little bit of tender loving care to start the day.”

Fitness: “I always thought, I need to sweat out my weight in water, I need to have muscle failure, I need to feel like I just ran a marathon—that’s how hard I needed to work out… I’ve learned to mix it up and not feel like a failure if I’m not, you know, killing myself,” she says. Lately, she works out two to four times a week. She recently discovered reformer Pilates (in a COVID-safe environment) as well. “I feel every muscle in my core. I never even knew I had those things.”

She’s not completely vegan: “Four days a week, I try to eat plant-based, and I don’t drink alcohol,” she says. “Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, all bets are off. That feels like moderation to me.”

[From Women’s Health]

I’ll admit to rolling my eyes at a lot of the crystal stuff, just in general, with anyone. But to me, “thinking crystals have healing powers” is one of the more harmless rich-person things. I mean, they’re just holding rocks and praying, or doing breathing exercises while holding a geode. It’s fine. And some of those crystals are very pretty! And I’m glad Alba figured out – during the pandemic – that she doesn’t have to work out until she has organ failure, my God.

Cover & IG courtesy of Women’s Health.

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  1. Jules says:

    The New Age is all about spiritual bypassing. Holding crystals and believing they do magical things while you actually do no work on yourself is a perfect example.

  2. M says:

    Her face looks…different. I didn’t even recognize her.

  3. Jaded says:

    When I feel anxious I hold onto a wine bottle.

  4. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “When I’m feeling anxious, I hold on to a crystal”

    Me too! Waterford crystal filled to the brim with delicious gin, tonic water and a splash of limoncello, yum.

  5. Lurry says:

    she is so beautiful. she’s 39 but looks 27-28. thats all i got. lol

  6. Valerie says:

    I don’t think I’m going to drink wine anymore. I don’t drink it often or in a great amount, just a glass or two on Sunday night or one night during the week with dinner, but it almost always gives me a headache. If I drink a lot of water before or after and take my vitamins after (C&B), It sometimes helps, but there’s no guarantee. Sigh. I really like rose too…

    • BodegaBay says:

      Have you tried nitrate-free wine? I used to think I couldn’t have wine anymore, too, until my friend told me that it’s the nitrates.

      • Valerie says:

        Oh yeah, I have to look into that! I should pay attention to which wines trigger symptoms and whether they’re nitrate-free or not. I’ve mostly been looking at e alcohol content, but I haven’t really found a strong enough correlation to say. Sometimes low alcohol ones have just as strong an effect on me as higher ones do, so it is probably the nitrates and/or sulfates.

    • Kate says:

      Same. Even one glass means I have to drink lots of water and I’ll probably need some ibuprofen that night or the next day. Maybe I’ll look into nitrate-free wine – thanks @BodegaBay!

      • Valerie says:

        Yep! Had one drink on Sunday and spent all of the next day trying to get rid of my headache. Have to remember to look into nitrates and sulfites next time.

  7. Charfromdarock says:

    Holding onto a crystal and praying or breathing is much the same as holding onto a holy medal or prayer beads in my eyes.

    If it helps someone, have at it.

    I like to swear, it calms me 🙂

    • sa says:

      I agree. I don’t care if someone uses prayer beads, crystals, or a blanky. When you find something that comforts and calms you when you need it, use it.

  8. Stacy Dresden says:

    Ooga-chaka Ooga-chaka well, I bought an actual tiara the other day because I have watched too many period dramas during the last year of quarantine, so I can safely say I’ve lost it too Jessica Alba

    • SarahCS says:

      Ooh a tiara!! I’ve starting upping my jewellery game having been plain stud earrings and maybe my grandmothers old (pretty simple) ring for a few years now, lockdown is getting to me and I need a release. I’m going to open up my jewellery box this week and start putting things on.

      I’d LOVE a tiara.

  9. Sequinedheart says:

    ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is dumb and dangerous.
    It’s like instagram people shilling flat tummy teas etc. “This will help!” no, you’re not a qualified dietitian, stahhp.
    Same with Alba, you’re not encouraging people to truly focus on how to fix/find the root of the problem with a bloody crystal.
    Stop it with your Brentwood Bull$h!t.

  10. SarahCS says:

    One Christmas I got a Himalayan salt lamp from my mother and a book about crystals from my MIL. I mean I’m on board with aromatherapy, big on the looking after the environment, don’t eat much meat, etc. but how do you make THAT leap???

    I couldn’t even bring myself to take a the book to the local charity shop because I felt I would be perpetuating the myth and the scientist in me had a word.

    Having said that, if something helps you calm yourself have at it as long as you’re not harming yourself or anyone else in the process (like refusing actual medicine or spending all your money on crystals).

  11. Natasha says:

    With crystals and aromatherapy- I’ve looked into it, I’ve read a lot, tried it, but I just can’t believe it works. Same with organized religion. LoL

  12. FF says:

    It’s like holding a teddy bear or anything soothing. If it calms you in a pandemic and harms no one – including yourself – then do it.

    Wish I could try reformer pilates.