pick me up’s, with bee beardsworth

Bee Beardsworth walks us through her active & chill routine in Cape Town…

Please tell us a bit about you….
Hello, I’m Bee Beardsworth (@beebeardsworth). It never stops feeling cliché, but I’d say that I’m a creative or artist at this point in my life. I model, write, take photographs, and am editor-in-chief of Mission Statement magazine. I was born in England and grew up between there and Cape Town.

What are you up to in these photographs?
For this project, I spent the day with one of my best friends, going to places around Cape Town that are close to my heart. les girls les boys is a brand that’s about being comfortable in your own skin and finding freedom in your world. I think that a big part of feeling good comes from taking care of your mental and physical health, so being in or around wild nature is where I go when I want to reconnect with myself.

How do you de-stress? 
Yoga or going out dancing. There’s no in between. 

What’s your favourite way to work out? 
Yoga will always be special to me. I started practising when I first started to struggle with depression. I’ve been doing it for a decade.  

How do you chill?
Sitting on the beach in the late afternoon sun with a cold beer and a good book. 

What does active & chill look like for you? 
Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to me, so I either do strong exercise to expel excess energy (running, HIIT) or slower, more chilled movement like yoga to calm me down after a long day. Meditating or lying still after exercise is a magical way to connect to your breath and tune into your body. 

How do you pick yourself up when you’re feeling in a rut?
I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for a while now, so I’ve learnt what helps me to manage it. I write my journal every morning, and that’s changed my life. When I’m having a dark day, I try to achieve small tasks that will give me a sense of satisfaction, like baking or watching a film I’ve had in my Notes for ages. Tomorrow is always another day.