In honour of World Mental Health Day, we want to highlight the importance of prioritising yourself through self-care, exercise, and speaking up.
Dr. Asma Naheed, psychologist and life coach in the UAE, emphasises the importance of engaging in a self-care routine to reduce anxiety and depression while improving energy and concentration. She says that taking this time to yourself helps improve your quality of life and boosts the confidence needed to get through the day.
To celebrate and raise awareness, we gathered a list of celebrities who have openly advocated for mental health and how they take care of themselves.
Selena Gomez is not shy about her mental health struggles. She has taken every opportunity to raise awareness and remove the negative stigma around it. Gomez revealed her bipolar diagnosis in April 2019 on Miley Cyrus’s Instagram live. Earlier this year, when she launched Rare Beauty, Gomez created the Rare Impact campaign: a mental health initiative to introduce classes on mental health in schools. The brand also donates 1% of all sales to the Rare Impact Fund, which increases access to mental health resources for Gen Z. Rare Beauty’s mission is to break down the unrealistic expectations of perfection.
Gomez admitted to Teen Vogue last year that she’s “stopped trying to be perfect” regarding how she protects her well-being. According to Stylist, Gomez goes on a nightly walk to unwind from the day and relies on soothing scented products to create a calming environment.
Adele’s incredible body transformation has been all over the internet since May 2020. Speculation regarding why and how she lost the weight has been circulating everywhere. But this week in her Vogue interview, Adele put the rumours to rest. In order to reduce her anxiety and improve her mental health, she used exercise to get stronger and to give herself time without her phone.
In an interview with Vogue, Adele says, “I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”
Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has spoken about her battle with depression over the years, emphasising the importance of self-prioritisation and therapy. She’s previously described depression to Harper’s Bazaar as “a very real thing, a day-to-day thing, not just you sitting in a dark room alone. It’s something that comes in all shapes and colours and all different scenarios, all different types of people.”
Blink-182 drummer and Kourtney Kardashians latest beau has spoken out on his struggles with PTSD over the years. This year, Barker spoke to Men’s Health about how he struggled after surviving a devastating plane crash in 2008. The near-death experience inspired Barker to live healthier. It also inspired him to create Barker Wellness: which produces CBD-infused moisturisers and tinctures to reduce and manage pain.
Prince Harry has shown his advocacy for mental health through his Apple TV docu-series The Me You Can’t See, focused on honest mental health discussions. He got honest with Vogue about how he struggled with his mother, the late Princess Diana’s death. He detailed that he “didn’t want to think about her. Because if I think about her, then it’s gonna bring up the fact that I can’t bring her back.” However, with the help of therapy, Prince Harry managed to process the anger and grief he had been holding in.
Taking care of yourself in a post-pandemic world is essential to keeping yourself healthy. We can all try to take some inspiration from our favourite stars and speak up about mental health.