MY RITUALS Nell Diamond

MY RITUALS Nell Diamond

Long before staying in became the new going out, Nell Diamond was dreaming up a way to make lounging at home a little more enticing. During her time at Yale’s School of Management, she developed what would become Hill House Home, a bedding and home brand that prioritizes high quality and high style in equal measure. The result — sumptuous pillows, sheets, duvets, and more — pretty much guarantees Diamond has no issues getting sleep. (That is, unless, her toddler beckons.) But there are plenty of other wellness-supporting rituals the CEO follows to stay grounded outside the bedroom.

Monday Nights at the Barre

“My non-negotiable workout night of the week is Monday. Monday’s are always full of internal meetings and inevitably a ton of work, so I find that a post-work workout gets me out of that mode and relaxes me. I love Pure Barre or The Bar Method.”

Morning Walks to Work

“I love starting my mornings with a walk. My walk is about 15-20 minutes and it gets me into a calm mindset. I walk through Washington Square Park, so I see some greenery on my way through the city, and it’s fun to see all the tourists and NYU students starting their day.”

Therapy Thursdays

Nell Diamond preparing for therapy

“I go to therapy every week, Thursday at 8am. Therapy for me is all about consistent practice. I didn’t see the effects of my weekly practice until about six months in, and I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it even without the immediate gratification I’m used to in other areas of my life. Some sessions I talk about intense, complicated issues, like imposter syndrome at work or panic attacks that plagued me after giving birth to my son, Henry. Some sessions, I spend 45 minutes dissecting a single sentence from a group chat. That’s the beauty of the weekly practice; not every session has to be crucially important or meaningful at the time. I’m really grateful I have insurance that offsets some of the cost. I also view it as a gift to myself, a safe space every week to just sort of, exercise my brain. Check in on it. Make sure it’s doing ok. I’m a better person with this practice in my life.”

Weekend Book Breaks

“I usually read for around an hour at least a few times a week. Reading a good novel makes me a happier person, and I swear it actually improves my ability to empathize. I always was a reader as a child, but I fell out of the habit in my adult life for a few years. When I jumped back in, I found myself stuck for a few months; I was picking books based on what everyone was talking about, as opposed to what I actually liked. I’d force myself to finish a book even if I didn’t like it, so some books would take ages to get through. I had a bit of a breakthrough after a particularly good book — I think it was Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I was so purely, truly joyful reading that book. It was a wake up call: I now ONLY finish things that I’m loving. I save all the books I like on a highlight on my Instagram stories, it’s like a digital bookshelf.”

Bedtime Braids

Nell Diamond braiding hair before bed

“I have really long hair, and I try to avoid blow-drying or using heat tools as much as possible. I usually shower at night, so after I shower and wash my hair (every other day), I brush through my hair and do two long Pippi Longstocking-style braids, making sure to braid almost all the way to the ends of the hair. I sleep on a silk pillowcase, which really alleviates frizz at the crown of my head and around my face. When I wake up in the morning, all I do is take my hair out of the braids and go! I love the act of braiding and brushing at night; there’s literally no way to multi-task it, so it ends up being a really calming, meditative end to my day. Plus, I feel like Ariel in The Little Mermaid, combing through my hair wistfully!”