How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Hat Attack direct of product development Cooper McManus, who has an impressive email organization system, believes in time away from her kids and takes bedtime very seriously.
Name: Cooper McManus
City: Stamford, CT
Company: Hat Attack, a women's accessories company.
Beyond the role: Wife, mom of three girls, outdoors enthusiast, cook, exerciser.
I wake up at 6 a.m., pack my lunch first thing, and then am out the door for my workout. I mix it up daily: Sometime's I'll do a Peloton workout, other days I'll run, and sometimes I'll do a workout outdoors with friends in the neighborhood, I'm typically back home around 7 a.m. where I'll shower, set the girls up with the nanny for the day. This involves laying out homeschooling work or giving reminders for the day's after school activities if its an in-school day, because we're doing hybrid schooling right now. I'll make coffee and at 7:45 a.m., I head to Bronx to start my work day, and I'll usually pick my mom up along the way.
The first thing I do after work:
Self-care guilty pleasure:
I don't see any form of self-care as a guilty pleasure, I believe its an important part of our overall wellness. Getting up early and working out is an important self-care routine for me. I also find it important to take time away from my kids and take breaks that aren't work-related. I like to get pedicures, grab coffee, or go on a quick shopping trip to my favorite consignment shop.
Workday self-care hack:
Take breaks, even if it's just 10-15 minutes to grab coffee or text a friend.
How do you define self-care?
Self-care is so important to our overall wellness. Especially as women, with a family or children, we're often so busy worrying about everyone else in the house that we forget to take care of ourselves. It's so crucial to stay rested and have time to ourselves so that we can be our best selves.
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
As a kid I loved doing projects and creating things. The projects always changed and I loved doing new things, from beading jewelry to sewing and reorganizing my room and closets often—I was always finding new ways to be creative. As an adult I still do the same. At work I'm able to be creative and make new things as ideas come to me. At home, I'm still organizing and moving things around constantly!
State of your (email) inbox:
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Illustration by Megan Behrendt