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Hilary Duff is encouraging moms everywhere to take some much-needed alone time and focus on self care.
The 32-year-old star is one of the famous faces promoting Aerie’s new collection of active wear, OFFLINE. The new American Eagle Outfitters sub-brand is the companion to the Aerie REAL campaign, which promotes body diversity, size inclusion and does away with photo-editing and digital retouching on all Aerie photos.
According to the brand, OFFLINE is a collection of leggings, sports bras, tops, workout dresses and more designed to support all forms of movement like dancing or your most intense work-out.
Duff helped the brand celebrate the launch of the new collection by sharing a collection of photos to Instagram. The mother-of-two wore a pair of Goals High Waisted Leggings in a bold animal print ($49) and the OFFLINE Big Moves T-shirt in a washed-effect gun-metal grey ($35).
The “Younger” actress modelled the laid-back look while taking a moment for herself to play and relax outside.
SHOP IT: Aerie, $49 (Originally, $70)
“Carving out time for yourself proves difficult once you become a mom. There is so much guilt wrapped around it that when you actually take the time to do it, it can be unenjoyable or not relaxing!” Duff wrote. “I really struggle with the heavy pull you feel to go back to my kids and do everything for them. I have decided to make that part of my life a priority.”
SHOP IT: Aerie, $35
Duff, who has always been upfront and honest about the struggles of motherhood, told her more than 15 million followers that she is making a vow to invest in self care.
“I love my family and kids more than anything but I also love myself and need to honour my personal needs (outside of work)! They have gotten smaller and smaller and so they can definitely be met!” she continued. “Be kind to yourself. Stretch. Write. Read. Dance. Walk. Shop. Watch. Do you and do it everyday. Ask for help. Oh and be cozy when you do. I love you!”
Duff received praise from followers who echoed the importance of taking time to invest in yourself and spend time doing activities that soothe the soul.
“This couldn’t be true enough,” one follower wrote. “Thank you for the reminder.”
“You’re not alone,” another commented. “It's very hard to do because we love them so much but if we don’t take care of ourselves we can't take care of them.”