Mandy Moore is prioritizing her mental health and her children.
On Thursday night’s episode of Chelsea Handler’s podcast, “This Is Chelsea,” the 38-year-old shared her secret to maintaining the best version of herself during motherhood.
Moore compared the differences between working as a young popstar and entering motherhood, explaining how she now prioritizes her mental and physical health.
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“I feel like in any other chapter in my life, until now, I definitely would have ignored that little voice,” she explained. “I would have said, ‘Nope, I’m gonna put everyone else’s expectations ahead of my own’ and I would have just like soldiered on. It probably would have been fine, but I feel like I’m a better woman and wife and mother and all of the things because I sort of listened to that intuition and took that time for myself.”
The “This Is Us” star emphasized the importance of mothers seeing other moms prioritize themselves.
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“As women, it’s good for us to see examples of other women drawing those boundaries, and delineating between, ‘Nope, I can only do so much. I am human. I am fallible. I need to listen to myself and listen to my body,’ and that’s sort of what I did,” she said. When you do that, she explained, “you’re giving other people [the idea] to give themselves that same permission.”
Moore’s second son, Ozzie, was born in October. Moore shared intimate and touching photos of the childbirth, captioning the photos: “One month with our Ozzie.”