One of the things we overlook a lot in life is the importance of mental health. It’s just as important as physical health, and we live in a society where people just keep going and going and don’t stop to take a moment to think.
Having a mental illness myself, I know that it’s a daily struggle. I admire and look up to celebrities that are open and honest about their struggles. The stigma that surrounds mental illness makes it hard to open up.
Selena Gomez has been outspoken about mental illness and the importance of having conversations about it. She’s been open about seeking help for hers and putting that first.
And it’s something that I have always found inspiring. The superstar recently talked to People about her struggles and asking for help.
“[Being open] isn’t an easy thing to ask of someone. I’ve had to go away a few times for stuff I didn’t know [I was struggling with] and was confused by. And then this stigma came: What would people think? But when I thought about it, my first answer was, ‘I don’t care, this is my truth.’ I’m not a stigma. I’m a person that walks their life,” she explained.
“As far as my career, I’m professional and I work very hard. At the same time, I do deal with mental health [issues] and I wanted that to also be known. In the beginning it seemed hopeless. Sometimes it was a challenge for me to even get out of bed. I was like, ‘Why can’t I be like you guys?’ Over the years I’ve finally found my rhythm, but it took me time.”
It’s not an easy thing to talk about, but for Selena it’s been important to be open about it. It’s been important for her to break the stigma and show people that it is okay to ask for help.
She says that asking for help has been empowering.
“I’ve tried a ton of different things, but the one thing I’ve never stopped doing is asking for help. That was the hardest part, but I truly believe that that’s why I’m stronger. This is something that is the most important thing in the world to me ’cause it’s my mental health.”
I love that she empowers others to put their mental health and their selves first. It is of the utmost importance.
Read more about her journey here.