During childhood, you’re constantly learning, whether how to tie your shoes properly, how to read, or what your birth order means. But as you get older and enter adulthood, learning might not remain as your key focus: You already know how to survive! For Lupita Nyong’o, survival isn’t enough. The actress still makes it a priority, as an essential form of self care, to continue challenging herself.
No matter how old she gets, Nyong’o has a steadfast goal in mind: remaining childlike so she can “feel buoyant and unabashed about who she is,” Vogue reported. Because of that, her self-care routine centers upon learning something new as often as she can.
“That’s why I like to try new things, like pole-dancing. I value not being good at things, because children are not good at things.” —Lupita Nyong’o
“That’s why I like to try new things, like pole-dancing,” she told Vogue. “I value not being good at things, because children are not good at things.”
Aside from learning the ropes of the more-intense-than-you-realize dance-based workout, Nyong’o said she’s also studying new languages and is even learning how to play the ukulele for an upcoming role.
And while these new experiences are undoubtedly fun, they’re also cognitively productive: According to Harvard Medical School, prioritizing learning—whether it’s mastering a challenging new skill or taking up a new hobby—can help keep your brain sharp as you age.
By taking some notes from Nyong’o’s self-care routine, you’ll not only reap some fun new skills that’ll impress your family members over the holidays (well, maybe not the pole-dancing part), but you’ll also help your brain stay in top-notch condition once you hit your older years. It’s a win-win.