Serena Williams is learning how to make the most of her downtime.
In between juggling her title as the greatest tennis player of all time, multiple business ventures (such as her Serena clothing line and Serena Williams Jewelry collection), and of course, parenting her mini-me, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., the athlete wants to prioritize more time for herself. For Williams, that means indulging in a number of self-care activities—like taking a break with her trusty Nintendo Switch.
“[Taking a gaming break] definitely helps me relax and just kind of takes my mind off of things. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a huge Grand Slam, you just need to not think about the moment in a way and just get away from it all—I find that [taking that time] works really well for me,” Williams tells BAZAAR.com. “I also always remember playing video games and going into video arcades [when I was younger] and that being super fun. One of my favorite games growing up was Super Mario Brothers—like everyone else’s at the time. I also used to play Metroid and Tetris and all kinds of the classics. I stick to Mario Tennis now. “
When she’s not traveling the globe or training for back-to-back matches, the tennis star opts for luxurious weekly pampering, a ritual she dubs a “Serena Spa Day.”
“Once a week, I do something—whether it’s a facial or something else—and just take the time to relax,” Williams reveals. “In general, I really try to just be happy and enjoy my day, and kind of appreciate those moments [of downtime] that I have.”
Williams is also known to share fabulous impromptu photo shoots with her fans on social media. The athlete is never shy to show off her chic personal style, with snaps showcasing snake-print swimsuits, sultry midi dresses, and sky-high stilettos.
“Especially after dealing with everything that happened in the last year, everyone wants to be more stylish and more fashionable, and wear more makeup,” Williams says. “We just want to be seen again, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I’m excited about the future, and maybe my next red-carpet event wherever that is—that’d be fun. I never thought that I would miss it, but now it’s like, ‘Man, it’s been so long!’ I want to dress up and wear some designer threads again.”
Williams’s daughter, Olympia, is no stranger to dressing up as well, she often stars in adorable mommy-and-me photo ops. But according to the tennis star, she’s slowly growing out of it.
“When she was younger, she used to [love playing dress up],” Williams says. “Now we’re all about just playing Barbies.”
While playtime with her little one is important, so is getting in some “Serena time.” Williams says that prioritizing self-care is ultimately about finding balance—as a mother, an athlete, and a woman.
“Teaching myself that I need to make sure I have time for me, especially as a mom, that’s been really important, because moms tend to forget themselves and they focus so much on the child or on the family,” she says. “It’s so easy to forget you and say, ‘I don’t really care about me. I need to make sure everything else is going good.’ Trying to make sure I have a little Serena time [is essential]. If you’re not healthy and you’re not feeling good, you’re not going to be able to help anyone else.”
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US