"I recently took 90 days off," Gomez explained, while participating in Thrive Global's questionnaire on Wednesday. "During that time I did not have my cellphone. It was the most refreshing, calming, rejuvenating feeling. Now I rarely pick up my phone, and only limited people have access to me."
Last week, Gomez made her first major public appearance at the 2016 American Music Awards since announcing she was taking "time off" from her career to deal with issues of depression and anxiety stemming from her battle with lupus. She also broke her social media silence to share a heartfelt message to fans.
"I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet," she captioned a photo of herself surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans on Instagram. "I've finally fought the fight of not 'being enough'. I have only wanted to reflect the love you guys have given me for years and show how important it is to take care of YOU."
The questionnaire, which included a total of seven questions, also asked Gomez to describe what gives her energy, she replied, "Staying healthy (mentally, physically, emotionally) and learning new things."
Gomez also explained that she now prefers to talk over the phone then answer emails and when she gets a few minutes to herself, she takes time to focus on "self-affirmations in cooking or napping!"
And her morning routine is pretty simple but effective. "Drink water, stretch, and take a deep breath," she said.
She ended the questionnaire with a quote, which she says gives her strength when times are tough.
"You are not what happened to you, you are what you chose to become after what happened to you," she shared.