Being the Secretary of State is no walk in the park and Hillary Clinton says those closest to her have noticed. In an extensive interview with BBC on Thursday, Clinton spoke about the toll her job has taken:
[S]ince I am perpetually tired, I figure make up for the lost hours of sleep while flying. Also, I know very simple things – drink a lot of water, deep breathing, try to get a little bit of sunshine if you can every day. But I don’t know that there’s any magic formula. Because I, too, often am tired; there’s no doubt about it. But I’m exhilarated at the same time. I love what we’re doing...
She continued, saying her friends often chime in on how burned out she appears in the news media:
I won’t lie to you. I’m tired. My friends call and email saying, “Oh, my gosh, I saw you on television. You looked so tired.” (Laughter.) Which I send back saying, “Gee, thanks a lot.” But I know, because if you work around the clock like we do, that’s just inevitable.
Clinton said to keep her stamina up, she does breathing exercises as well as yoga.
In March, the 63-year-old political veteran announced she would not return for a second term as Secretary of State. What does she have planned once she exits the playing field?
...I am very interested in spending time with my friends and my family and not being on the merry-go-round all the time, which is one of the reasons why I have decided that I will move on and return to private life at the end of what will be a very intense period of activity and work in the next 18 months.