How Actress Meagan Good Shifted Her Perspective on Aging

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Turning 40 this past year took a hyper-aware, very intentional toll on Meagan Good, and it was for the better: “You suddenly become more aware of your health and wellness—now, it’s all I think about. I need my body to take me where I want it to go, but I’m in a really peaceful place right now: spiritually, emotionally, physically. It’s just a really wonderful time in life.”

Health Check

“Your health priorities change as you get older—that’s especially true for me, since I haven’t had kids yet…and we’ve been talking about doing that this year. A lot of that conversation was, ‘OK, what do I need to be changing because my body is changing, and I need to make sure that I’m in the proper health to do what I want to do.’ Part of that is motherhood, part of that is doing more action movies, part of that is being someone who advocates for health—not just physically, but your mind, your body, your spirit. All of these things have been increasingly more important to me this past year.”

I’m trying to be more proactive, rather than reactive, about my mental health, overall.

—Meagan Good

On the Radar

“I definitely can feel my body changing! I feel more aches, I feel more tired, I feel the difference if I get six hours of sleep versus eight. All of that is on my radar. Then, you start to realize that you aren’t invincible—you have to take all of this wellness stuff into mind with how you treat your body, because you only get one body for the rest of your life. That applies to skin care, too. You only get one face for the rest of your life.”

Press Play

“I really started shifting my thinking when I was turning 35. That’s when I was like, ‘I have a choice about which way I want this to go.’ That’s when I got mindful about working out and started doing it four to five times a week—I really made it part of my life. Of course, I go on and off. It’s not a constant; I have seasons.”


Mental Matters

During the pandemic, I took a good look “under the hood.” I’m trying to be more proactive, rather than reactive, about my mental health, overall. My husband and I decided to start therapy to be proactive about keeping our marriage healthy. After starting therapy I realized a lot of things that I went through when I was younger really needed a good look, mainly to see how they produce certain behaviors. Behaviors reflect how we take care of ourselves now, and pretty much everything else; I’ve learned it’s all connected.”

Intentional Thinking

“Last year really opened many of our eyes to being more intentional and thinking about what we want out of life, what’s our purpose and why we are here. That’s heavy, but it’s as simple as implementing what we need to do to reach our full potential. In the spring I decided to stop drinking. I love to have my wine at night, but I haven’t drank since April 25. Now, I’m making green juices. I also decided that I was going to work out more, so I rented a treadmill and I watch what I want to watch or I listen to audio books. Then I just take time to pray and meditate and read my Bible and be intentional. All of those tiny things, plus therapy, have been life-shifting.”

Oil Pull

“I just discovered the best product! I was doing a Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, and Dave Franco, and Dave told me about this product line called Onerta by Biba that his wife, Alison Brie, put him on. I use it when I get home from work. I use my wipe to wipe off my face, and then I use the brand’s Micellar Water ($45) and my skin has been completely clearing up. I break out more when I’m filming, and this has just been amazing. Using it is one of the small things I really look forward to. Then the young woman, Yasmine, who’s been doing massages for me, told me her family has always used olive oil on their bodies, on their chest, on their butt, on their stomach, and on their bodies to tighten their skin, and so I bought raw olive oil. I’ve been doing that, and it’s been working. It’s amazing.”

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