Gisele on the secret to not feeling overwhelmed

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Gisele Bünchden’s to-do list may be more like “prep for red carpet event, walk Chanel runway, and do a headstand on the beach” than “prep PowerPoint presentation, walk to ATM, and do taxes”—but you may have more in common with the enviable 35-year-old than you think.

In an interview with People, Bünchden says that while her life seems (and is!) ultra-glam, she still faces the challenge of balancing her career, family time, and me-time. Her trick to keeping it together?

“I noticed every time I felt overwhelmed I would hold my breath,” she tells People. “I had to learn to stop, relax, and take long deep breaths, and within seconds I would feel more clear and ready to deal with the situation in a more loving way. Meditation also has been a wonderful tool. I notice that when I don’t take the time to do it, I am not as centered, patient, or clear.”

She also employs a mindfulness practice. “When I am doing activities with Tom or the kids, surfing, riding horses, kayaking or playing ball, I try to really be present and enjoy it,” she says. “The quality of time I get to spend with my family is very important. That way I feel I am experiencing all the different aspects of my life without guilt.”

As for staying in supermodel shape between the school drop-offs and business trips? Bünchden appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to share the trick behind making those famous Instagram beach headstand shots happen. Donning skin-tight pants and a sparkly zip-up corset-style strapless top, the supermodel insisted on teaching Fallon how to plank. (Which, despite what he thought, is not “just laying across something,” which he demonstrated on a couch.)

After ditching her sky-high stilettos, Bünchden told Fallon, “I like to think I’m an athlete,” explaining that being part of Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign means “not listening to the outside noise and really focusing on your goals,” she said. “It’s about empowering, strong women.”

And there’s no doubt this woman is strong. Check out her #flawless form in the clip above (and her one-legged plank push-up variation).

As for the food that powers the super-healthy supermodel? She’s got her much-discussed diet—which you can replicate, thanks to these vacation-approved recipes from her personal chef.

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