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Vanessa Hudgens in Bikini Starts the Weekend Right

The My Little Pony: A New Generation star has some fun.

Of course no Instagram reflects real life, but Vanessa Hudgens sure does convincingly look like she knows how to have fun. In her latest post, she's sneaking away with a stereo speaker (which seems to be playing a sitar song) on a grassy lawn, as a friend laughs. The caption? "Don't mind me." How does Hudgens keep it so light? A healthy mental outlook. Read on to see 5 ways Vanessa Hudgens stays in shape—mentally—and the photos that prove she knows how to keep it relaxed—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bikini Photos!


She Speaks Her Mind

"I remember waking up at 27 and that was the first moment where I was like, 'Oh. I am not a kid. I'm not a teenager. I'm an adult and I have responsibilities.' I felt like I had no idea who I was or what I wanted or what I was going after," she told People a few years ago. The upshot? "I'm very grateful for it because then it forced me to reassess who I am and what I believe in, therefore giving me just a better understanding of myself." Now that she's older, "it's so nice feeling free to just speak your mind."


She Shuts Down Negative Self Talk


If Vanessa ever has negative self-talk, "I tell myself that it's a valid thought, but it's not one that's going to help me in any way, so I change the conversation that I'm having within myself and have faith that it's going to be OK."


She Knows There's a Mind/Body Connection


"Drink a lot of water, and also to take care of your mind. I think a lot of people get really stuck on trying to fix their bodies to be a certain way, but if your mental health isn't at a place where you can love yourself, the whole thing's pointless," she told the Cut.


She Creates Her Own Space


At a concert like Coachella, Hudgens says "I love having space and it's hard when you're crammed in with a bunch of people, so I like putting out a tapestry and then setting all my stuff down," she said. "You can claim your space and then can actually have room to dance, which is nice." Think of it as a metaphor.


She Works Hard But Values Family the Most


"I mean, I'm tired for sure. I take good care of myself. I know the things that matter the most – I do love my job, but my job isn't everything. My family is – my partner and my friends are the things that keep me grounded," she told People.

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