When it comes to mental health awareness, the past couple of years have been undoubtedly progressive. Influential names around the globe are being more open about their mental health journey which sparks inspiration and belongingness among those who are fighting their own inner battles. Celebrities are using their platforms to let us know that we are not alone in our struggles.
Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga are just among the many artists who have hit rock bottom themselves and courageously told us their stories. To anyone living through the same struggle, here are our biggest takeaways from these brave souls to further motivate you to keep going.
1. It's okay not to be okay.
To be sad, hopeless, or anxious is nothing to be ashamed of or feel weird about. It's just natural for everyone to have those days and to be clueless about what to do, much in the same way as Ariana Grande. Yet she didn't let it ruin today, tomorrow and the day after for her. That's the most important thing to remember: Never let it go too far.
2. Not all will understand.
We can't expect ourselves to easily open up, thus we can't expect everyone around us to understand our pain. This idea once brought Mariah Carey to live in denial and isolation. Don't feel pressured. In time, you'll find the right person to share it with and enough reason to speak up. For Mimi, it's to lift the stigma from others suffering from the same condition.
3. Alone time is important.
This is the best time to step away from the bad stuff that could probably be putting you in the state of depression. Breathe, clear your mind, even if it means disappointing your other people to some degree. Justin Bieber once cancelled his tour, and even though it must have felt like he was letting his fans down, his mental well-being was his top priority. There's really no fault in that.
4. Seek help.
If you think you've reflected by yourself enough and you're finally ready to talk, seek help from others. Whether it's through professional guidance or building a support system among your loved ones. This made a huge difference to Selena Gomez's life and it would to you, too.
5. It's not the end of the world.
Just because you're lonely now doesn't mean you'll be on that side forever. Life goes on. And in case you haven't got it yet, here's a piece of motivation from survivor Demi Lovato: "Hold on". Now, keep that in mind.
Your inner battles are a part of you, but never give up. You are bigger than your failures, anxiety, and other struggles. There's always a way to power through them because you are stronger than you think you are.
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