AJ Odudu on how to find your inner zen

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  • Guest columnist and TV presenter AJ Odudu gives us the inside track on her fitness hacks, foodie hangouts and power podcasts

    Grab your running gear
    One thing I learned from being on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is I don’t spend enough time switching off. I’m a workaholic, so when I’m not travelling or renovating my house, I try to find time to relax. Running clears my head. Sometimes, it’s hard to wake up early and go for a run, but then I think about the fit guy that I pass every morning in Greenwich Park and I’m good to go. Running is endorphin inducing and will power your day.

    Have a drink (or two)
    Post-workout smoothies are good for my body, an espresso martini is good for my soul. Nothing beats catching up with mates over drinks; ranting about the guy who’s just ghosted me, having a laugh and the possibility of ending up in the kebab shop. London Grind is one of my favourite spots – the atmosphere is great, you don’t have to book and the drinks are delicious.

    Pamper yourself
    Flying a lot leaves my skin dry, wearing lots of make-up in the studio clogs my pores, and if I’ve been out with my friends the night before, I end up with serious eye baggage, so I’m a big fan of facials. The Osmosis Vitamin A Infusion treatment at Anamaya in Kensington [London] gives you the TLC you deserve.

    Take time to meditate
    A busy work schedule is exciting – especially when it involves travel – but it plays havoc with my sleep. I often struggle to nod off, but the Calm app is great for a bedtime routine. With its meditation sessions, programmes to combat anxiety and bedtime stories, I’m left feeling relaxed enough for a good night’s kip.

    Shut up and listen
    It’s good to talk but it’s even better to listen, and by doing so I learn so much. Not just about the psychology of others, which makes me more compassionate, but also about how to bounce back from rejection. I love the Power Hour podcast with Adrienne Herbert for a positive boost.

    For more life advice from AJ Odudu, head to Ajodudu.com

    Compiled by Charlotte Vossen. Photograph by Nathan Gallagher

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