Lily Collins recently opened up about her mental health struggles in a candid Instagram post this past week or #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Accompanied by the post was an image of 16-year-old Lily who appeared confident but was struggling with so much more.
What Collins wants others to know is that mental health should never be “taboo” and that it is especially important to reach out for help. Considering our current situation, it’s important to feel hopeful and find the support that is needed.
Lily Collins has a history of battling an eating disorder and has even starred in a Netflix movie about a woman recovering from one in 2017. While she had recovered years previously, making this movie allowed her to feel even more restored. In talking about her struggles, Teen Vogue quoted Collins saying “Today I love my shape. My body is the shape it is because it holds my heart.” This is a really sweet sentiment and it’s something we all need to remember.
Her advice for dealing with mental health issues is self-care. It’s crucial for getting out of the dark spots. She ended her recent post by declaring that “Self-care is not selfish. It’s self-love.”
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On the surface, this was a happy, confident girl. On the inside, I was struggling with so much insecurity and doubt within myself. At this age throughout my late teens and into my twenties, it felt really difficult to speak out about my internal struggles — with family, with relationships, eating disorders and overall uncertainty. But these are topics that should never be taboo, and we shouldn’t be afraid to speak to each other about them. We’re here to get each other through these moments not judge one another for having them. So if I could remind that younger me of one thing it would be that I’m never alone. We’re never alone. We need to lean on good friends and family, focus on the positives, and try our hardest not compare ourselves to others. I’m the only person who can be me. I should love myself as I am. Believe me, I know this isn’t easy and right now it may be even harder as we’re forced to face even our darkest shadows. But let’s give ourselves and each other a little boost of encouragement this week and everyday moving forward and try our hardest not to judge one another too harshly. Self care is not selfish. It’s self love. #mentalhealthawarenessweek…
It is really admirable that celebrities, like Collins, open up about their mental health struggles. Reminding others that mental health affects us all, makes us all feel a little more normal and not so alone.
Do you feel better about yourself when you hear that celebrities have the same experiences?
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