Anxiety, stress and never-ending to-do lists. Yes, we’re talking about the end of year syndrome. Whether you’re writing your end of year exams or having a breakdown because the year is at its end and you’ve still got so much to do, we want to remind you to focus on what’s most important – you and your mental health. Take it from your icons; it’s okay not to be okay!
Meghan’s Heartbreaking Interview
Celebrities are under constant scrutiny for everything that they do. What they say, who they’re with and what they wear – it’s all out in the open for everyone to judge, comment on and tear apart.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, recently had an interview with a reporter who asked her how she was dealing with the stress that comes from being a new mother and on top of that doing it in the spotlight.
It’s also no secret that Meghan has been a victim of ruthless abuse from British tabloids since she started dating Harry back in 2016. In the interview, Meghan was quoted saying: “Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. Not many people have asked if I’m okay; it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
The heartbreaking interview resonated with a lot of people and it’s clear that all of the pressure and criticism gets to celebrities more than we imagine. Kendall Jenner recently spoke about her anxiety with Cara Delevigne in an interview. She said: “I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on, that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks.”
Other celebrities who have been very vocal about their mental health battles include Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Ryan Reynolds. It’s okay
Miley has been in the news since her breakthrough on Disney Channel and the criticism hasn’t stopped since then. The Disney Alum has been very open about her struggle opening up to fans about her journey with depression.
In an interview, she said: “So many people look at my depression as me being ungrateful, but that is not it—I can’t help it. There’s not much that I’m closed off about, and the universe gave me all that so I could help people feel like they don’t have to be something they’re not or feel like they have to fake happy. There’s nothing worse than being fake happy.”
Demi has struggled with sobriety, schizophrenia and bulimia. Due to her success with Sonny With a Chance and the Camp Rock movies, Demi was the financial supporter of her family. The stress eventually led to Demi’s drug addiction which escalated to her using cocaine. About that time in her life, Demi has said: “I lived fast and I was going to die young, I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”
At the National Council for Behavioural Health Demi said: “I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about, it’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is that people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.” It’s okay
Newlywed Justin Bieber has been very vocal about his mental health issues, having recently shared a post about it on Instagram.
In the post, Justin wrote: “Don’t stop fighting the battle has already been won… fight for what you love and who you love don’t let fear and anxiety win. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind!”
Lupus survivor and mental health advocate, Selena has been a pillar of strength throughout the years being very open about her struggles.
In an interview with People magazine, Selena said: “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Deadpool actor, Ryan Reynolds, recently shared his battle with anxiety saying that although people know him for his wit and humour, he only uses those things as a way of coping with his mental health issues.
An aspect that definitely contributed to his mental health issues, was his strained relationship with his father, James Reynolds. In the interview he said: “I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that.”
Our favorite celebs have come with a clear message to fans: It’s okay not to be okay, as long as you seek help for the issues that you face, you’ll be okay. Our advice; don’t let the exams get you down, the end is in sight!