Interview: Karina Sembe
IN THE HEADING "LIFESTYLE" we ask different people about healthy lifestyles with a human face: we talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves and pleasant ways to make life more comfortable. In the new issue, Irina Prokhorova, literary critic and editor-in-chief of the publishing house "New Literary Review", tells what she eats, how much she sleeps and how she lives in order to feel good.
Editor-in-chief of the publishing house "New Literary Review", co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov charitable foundation, 60 years old
At 60 years old
I feel much more confident and happier than when I was 30
FOR ME GOOD FEELING IS A HARD NEED… With my loads and the rhythm of life, ailments are excluded. I run a publishing house, run a charitable foundation, host a TV show, organize conferences, read a huge number of manuscripts, travel around the world with lectures, attend book fairs - this requires health, health, and more health.
I AM SURROUNDED BY YOUNG EMPLOYEES, whom I should inspire to creative work. Who will go on exploits, seeing before him a limp aunt? Feeling good and looking good is the key to success in everything.
EVERY MORNING I, LIKE ALL MORTALS, groaning, I climb out of bed, forcing myself to go to the bathroom. But, as soon as I wash, comb my hair and twirl in front of the mirror, cheerfulness immediately appears. I call this "starting the engine."
I TRY TO WALK A LOT, at least an hour and a half a day. It turns out a combination of business with pleasure: on the one hand, I keep in shape without much strain, on the other, walking helps to think. All the best ideas come to my mind while walking around the city.
When traveling, I try to sleep at least seven hours a night., as far as possible, again, move around on foot and not lean too heavily on exotic food (although sometimes it is difficult to overcome the temptation). Often I do not have time to eat properly, and in order not to starve to death, I try to starve the worm: eat an apple, yogurt, a small croissant with coffee. This is enough to survive until dinner.
IN YOUTH, LIKE MANY, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A "PERFECT FIGURE" for which it was necessary to lose a lot of weight. I started running, and after a couple of months the result was evident. But every evening, going to bed, I remembered that tomorrow I would have to run through the dark street, panting and panting. From these thoughts I fell into such depression that in the end I decided to sacrifice thinness for the sake of peace of mind. Since then, even the sight of a treadmill has terrified me.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COURSE IS NOT EASY TO TAKE. The process can be experienced painfully (I, for example, am a big sweet tooth), but at some point the habits "enter the blood." You stop noticing that you are adhering to limitations: this lifestyle becomes natural. The reward is great well-being and a surge of energy.
I HAVE GREAT SUSPICTION to all kinds of strict diets, especially fasting. In my opinion, this is a senseless self-torture, a voluntary deprivation of the joy of life.
IN YOUNG YEARS, I PAINFULLY RESPONDED TO DISADVANTAGES, which, alas, always accompany us through life. When the amount of stress began to grow exponentially, I was faced with a choice: either to be crushed under the load of obligations, or to find a way to relieve these stresses.
I HAVE TAKEN WEAPONS A FAMOUS FORMULA Scarlett O'Hara: "I'll think about it tomorrow." I had to develop the will to learn to psychologically move away from problems, without poisoning rest and entertainment with fruitless torments. After taking a break, it’s easier to prioritize and start solving issues step by step.
Young people find it hard to believe, but at 60 I feel much more confident and happier than at 30, when I was indecisively standing at the crossroads of life, feeling acute dissatisfaction, melancholy and confusion.
ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF A LIFE EXPERIENCE - reconciliation with the fact that the world is not perfect, like our body, but this is not a reason not to love it (and it is easy to emphasize your own beauty with the help of stylish clothes). Over time, I learned to truly appreciate the non-standard, individual.