Dria Murphy is the founder of Alise Collective, a New York City-based brand building company, and the co-founder of The Ness, a New York City boutique fitness studio.
Describe your self-care routine.
I love being on the trampoline. It’s become a part of my self-care routine because it’s the only thing I’ve found that genuinely helps me shut off my mind. It’s my meditation. I’ve tried all of the things, and I’m not going to stop trying more, but trampoline is the only thing I've found that can completely shut off my mind—because if you think about anything else, you’re screwed. That focus has helped a lot with anxiety; it’s a big part of my personal self-care. The second I get on that trampoline, I feel so much better.
I also love matcha. I used to be a huge coffee drinker and then I went to an integrative medicine doctor, Dr. Richard Firshein, because I was feeling off—I wanted to work on my energy levels and inflammation. I did a food allergy test and one of the top things to stay away from, in bold, was coffee. I was like, Are you kidding, because I was drinking three cups a day, but my body was not processing it well—no wonder I was bloated and always needed more, no wonder I was tired all of the time. I thought, it’s such a luxury to have this information, I should use it and see what happens, and that I think was over a year ago. I haven’t had a cup of coffee since and I feel amazing.
I love the Energy Booster from Well Told, especially when I travel. It’s all natural and there are no jitters or grogginess. That’s one thing I’ve done differently this year, is take supplements, and I haven’t gotten sick. I take antioxidants, turmeric, Livon Labs Vitamin C, and a vegan Vitamin D.
When it comes to skincare, I’m all over the map—I still put non-naturals on my face, and I’m trying stuff to see what’s best for me. Aside from that, I love Puresqosa spray, the Briogeo hair mask, Tata Harper resurfacing mask, and Sunday Forever candles.
What does self-love mean to you?
It’s the same definition as wellness to me: being happy and prioritizing your needs. I think self-love is also saying no and having boundaries. And that’s something I work on every single day.
Why do you love the trampoline so much?
There are many health benefits to being on the trampoline––it helps with lymphatic drainage, metabolism, it’s low-impact, and it’s better for your body than running.
I feel so passionate about the trampoline workout and it’s a big part of my self-care. I recently co-founded an intimate invite-only trampoline studio called The Ness with classes to cultivate a community dedicated to working out hard, in a light and bright environment that feels like home.
Besides trampoline, what else do you do to feed your soul?
I’ve been trying to read more, and read for pleasure. Even if it’s for five minutes before I go to bed, I love reading while using my diffuser with essential oils for calmness or sleep and lighting a candle. That small ritual is so good.
What does “wellness” mean to you?
It’s such a buzzword, and it kind of annoys me now! I think wellness is happiness, and I realize that could be a cliche answer, but it’s being able to take care of your body, your mind and your health.
Sleep is something that I struggle with prioritizing—I’m working all of the time, from 8 am until 10 pm and it’s nonstop and I love it, so prioritizing it is really hard. And it’s hard to listen to your body when you just want to keep going.
I do think wellness is eating clean and getting sleep and drinking water, but I think it comes down to working on yourself, which is much harder to do.
I go to a therapist once a week. I’ve been going to her for three or four years and I don’t miss that appointment. Sometimes I really don’t want to go uptown on a Tuesday, but you have to make that time. That’s the hard part of wellness that a lot of people don’t work on because it’s not fun or glamorous a lot of the time. It can be lonely, but you have to be okay with that, and you have to embrace it. The relationship with the self is the most important because it affects every other aspect.
Editor's notes: interview conducted on May 2, 2019 and edited for length and clarity.