The coronavirus pandemic made everyone slow down, including Jessica Alba.
"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," she shared with the magazine. Now, however, "I've learned to mix it up," she said, "and not feel like a failure if I'm not, you know, killing myself."
That pedal-to-the-metal approach seemingly applied to Alba's overall pre-pandemic life. "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," the 39-year-old recalled. "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."
But, as life as everyone knew it came to a screeching halt, the pause gave the star a new perspective on imperfection.
"The pandemic has forced me to be comfortable with things not being completely buttoned up," she told Women's Health, "with allowing myself to not always have the answer, for mistakes to kind of stay as is."
And, it made the silver lining all the more clear. "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 [my son] Hayes wants to show us his latest trick on the scooter, or from our family walks," she explained. "That's the stuff that truly matters."