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Cara Santana has been keeping her head high as she self-isolates from COVID-19.

The 35-year-old Vida actress told the spring issue of Retreat Magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday, that she has felt 'anxiety' during this difficult time but has used journal writing, positive affirmations and a course on happiness from Yale University to stay balanced.

'Having just celebrated 16 years of sobriety, I think being honest with who you are and taking the time to get to know yourself and to take a critical look at who you are is the most important thing you can do,' said the who has been linked to Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe for 13 years.

Hard time: Cara Santana has been keeping her head high as she self-isolates from COVID-19. The Vida actress told the spring issue of Retreat Magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday, that she has felt 'anxiety' during this difficult time

Hard time: Cara Santana has been keeping her head high as she self-isolates from COVID-19. The Vida actress told the spring issue of Retreat Magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday, that she has felt 'anxiety' during this difficult time

She added, 'I don't think advice diminishes with age and a lot of what I was feeling as a young person that led me down the road of addiction, which I believe is a disease, was that I didn't recognize that so much of that inherent worry and fear created so much insecurity, and drugs and alcohol were just an escape.

'So,if you just make things right with yourself, you can get right with anything.'

Cara also said that it is important for a woman to give herself happiness. 

When asked 'What should every woman try at least once in her life?' she said: 'A good orgasm. To give yourself a good orgasm. That's what it is. To be able to have the power to own your sexuality.'   

Positive moves: But has used journal writing, positive affirmations and a course on happiness from Yale University to stay balanced.

Positive moves: But has used journal writing, positive affirmations and a course on happiness from Yale University to stay balanced.

Healthy gal: 'Having just celebrated 16 years of sobriety, I think being honest with who you are and taking the time to get to know yourself and to take a critical look at who you are is the most important thing you can do,' said the beauty who has been linked to Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe for 13 years

Healthy gal: 'Having just celebrated 16 years of sobriety, I think being honest with who you are and taking the time to get to know yourself and to take a critical look at who you are is the most important thing you can do,' said the who has been linked to Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe for 13 years

As far as the pandemic, she said it has taught her to be more mindful.

'Nothing is guaranteed and that we have to be creators of our vision and our own life and our own business because, at a moment's notice, it could be taken away,' began Cara.

'As a woman, especially at this time, it’s about really owning your worth and owning your creativity and owning your work, because all we have is ourselves,' noted the Salem actress who was photographed at Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.

'Given that the total landscape of our world has changed, It's been a really interesting time to reflect and reconnect,' shared the Beverly Hills Chihuahua star.

'As I have been self-isolating in my home in Los Angeles, I was looking for opportunities to connect with myself and use this time to re-centre and come out of this, different than when it started.'

Her escape: She added, 'I don't think advice diminishes with age and a lot of what I was feeling as a young person that led me down the road of addiction, which I believe is a disease, was that I didn't recognize that so much of that inherent worry and fear created so much insecurity, and drugs and alcohol were just an escape'

Her escape: She added, 'I don't think advice diminishes with age and a lot of what I was feeling as a young person that led me down the road of addiction, which I believe is a disease, was that I didn't recognize that so much of that inherent worry and fear created so much insecurity, and drugs and alcohol were just an escape'

And Cara feels this is a time for everyone to self-reflect. 

'I think just the journey that I've been on since the beginning of the year of really reconnecting to myself and trying to figure out what drives and fulfills me, coinciding with a time of literally, quarantine, where I have no external gratification whatsoever, has forced me to be internal,' added the El Paso, Texas native.

'I do think it has happened for a reason. I think everything does and every situation is what you make of it.'

Cara added she still feels like life is happening. 'Do our circumstances define us, or do we define our circumstances? I want to use this time to the best of my ability and hopefully come out of it with a greater understanding of myself and the world that I live in and society in general.'

Private talk: Cara also said that it is important for a woman to give herself happiness. When asked 'What should every woman try at least once in her life?' she said: 'A good orgasm. To give yourself a good orgasm. That's what it is. To be able to have the power to own your sexuality'

Private talk: Cara also said that it is important for a woman to give herself happiness. When asked 'What should every woman try at least once in her life?' she said: 'A good orgasm. To give yourself a good orgasm. That's what it is. To be able to have the power to own your sexuality'

Her mother sent the star an article from Business Insider about universities offering free courses.

'I thought was a bit of my mom trying to get me to go back to college like she always wanted me to do,' she said.

Yale's course called The Science of Well Being by Dr Laurie Santos takes scientific research and data to prove that people can have an impact on their well being and create a life that is happier and more fulfilling.

'It’s a 10-week course with a mix of reading, writing and watching lectures by Professor Santos, and it has been fascinating,' she said.

Staying stable: As far as the pandemic, she said it has taught her to be more mindful. 'Nothing is guaranteed and that we have to be creators of our vision and our own life and our own business because, at a moment's notice, it could be taken away,' began Cara

Staying stable: As far as the pandemic, she said it has taught her to be more mindful. 'Nothing is guaranteed and that we have to be creators of our vision and our own life and our own business because, at a moment's notice, it could be taken away,' began Cara

'I'm so grateful for this time to be able to do it.'

And she says that she took a happiness test which surprised her.

'I think of myself as a pretty happy person so I thought I was going to get a 10. I got a 3.5, so there is so much more that I could be doing to create a much more centered

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