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07/05/2014 06:23 pm ET | Updated Jul 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton Describes How She Unplugged After State Department Job

Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with The Guardian on Friday, and revealed how she reenergized herself after logging nearly 1 million miles across the globe as the nation's top diplomat -- a relentless pace to which she would undoubtedly return, should she decide to run for president in 2016.

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, asked the former secretary of state in a video appearance how she got "untired" from public service and whether she had lessons for women about managing overwork.

In her response, Clinton described vacationing in New York and noted that she "had the most enjoyable and restful time, by my standards."

Tan, rested, and ready, as the saying goes, but for what? Her current venture is a book tour marked by a breakneck schedule and blistering pace has led some to suggest Clinton is testing the field -- and herself -- for a presidential run.

Full remarks from Clinton below:

Well I appreciate Arianna's question, because she's just written a really good book called "Thrive" in which she recounts her experience and others because we all live these 24/7 lives, working so hard, it's an intense, stressful environment that we put ourselves in -- nobody says you must go and operate at this high level, but we choose to do so. I knew that I had to get off the airplane as secretary of state, that I had been truly on the high wire of politics and diplomacy for more than 20 years, and it was time to just let down, and that's exactly what I've done. I've had the most enjoyable and restful time, by my standards. I wouldn't recommend it for others, but just by mine. We live in a little renovated farmhouse north of New York City, we have 3 dogs, we go for long walks, in the summertime we have a fabulous garden. It's just been wonderful being able to breathe deeply, take yoga, learn to breathe better and all that. I thought Arianna's admonition, really, that other women in particular, because that's who her book is aimed at, need to just find more time to let down, to relax, to take time for yourself, and I fully endorse that.

Watch the video of Hillary and Arianna above, at the 20:00 minute mark.

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