Rita Ora Skips Alcohol and Drinks Lots of Water to Feel ‘Like a Superhero’

11/17/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Rita Ora has added actress, X Factor U.K. judge and designer to her résumé since she first burst onto the scene as a singer, but it’s always when she’s performing that she feels her best.

“I feel my strongest onstage,” Ora, 24, says in the December issue of SELF. “I still, to this day, do not know anything better.”

Her busy life has mandated that she is mindful of how she treats her body.

“When I’ve been really good with my body – no alcohol, no late nights, watching my diet, drinking water … I start feeling like a superhero!” she tells the mag.

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Just as essential to her well-being has been making time for sleep.

“I’ve never been more grateful for sleep than I am at this point,” she says. “I used to hate it. It took a lot to mentally calm me down. But now I travel with a candle and a little lavender pillow.”

Still, she does have the occasional night out.

“Obviously, I’m like any other 20-something – I like to have a drink after my show and things like that, but it’s in moderation,” says Ora. “It’s one of those things where the band goes out later and gets hammered, and you’ve got to be the one who just goes to bed.”

Even with her self-discipline, late nights and early call times are inevitable aspects of Ora’s life, so she’s trained her body to adapt.

“It’s like you’re an athlete,” she says. “I’m not running a marathon, but I’m doing it in my own way. You really have to take care of your body so you can survive.”

Rita Ora
Matt Irwin

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

FILED UNDER: Health , Stars & Chefs

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