Camila Cabello Shares Her Mental Health Self-Care Methods With Fans
Camila Cabello spoke about the tools that have helped her mental health.
World Mental Health Day was on Saturday, October 10th, inspiring many to speak up about their mental health and ways to improve it. One of the people that spoke up was Camila Cabello, who filmed a personal video highlighting what her journey has been like.
Cabello wrote on Instagram, where she shared the video, “It’s very hard, and it’s a lot of work, and obviously every person is going to decide what’s best for themselves if you are struggling, but here’s my journey and some of the things that have helped me.”
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everybody’s journey and experience with mental/ emotional health is different. I wanted to make a quick video talking about my journey and some tools that have helped me in case they might be helpful for some of you who may be watching.The thing that’s helped me the most is doing research and empowering myself with the knowledge of how the brain works and what is happening inside me so I don’t feel so caught off guard when strong emotions come up. Learning little by little about the science behind the brain and the nervous system makes it so I’m less scared of how i feel and can implement tools (for example, deep belly breathing, grounding myself in my senses – see, touch, hear, feel, smell). I’ve learned about the neuroscience behind trauma response and the vagus nerve and that when I feel stress/ anxiety, my body thinks it’s under a threat and is actually mobilizing to protect me, so I don’t get mad at it anymore, I just remind myself I’m safe. There’s so much information that has empowered me to know my body and my brain better so I can be in the drivers seat. This isn’t a one time thing, it’s something i work at everyday, but it’s worth it. There are so many things that affect our mental health, traumatic experiences, emotional abuse, being in extremely toxic environments. There’s systemic oppression, discrimination, inequality, that have been going on for far too long, not to mention financial troubles that have only been made worse by a global pandemic, and countless more things that affect our mental health- but i wanted to share my journey and some of the tools that have helped me take my power back. Healing is a lot of work, but don’t let anybody tell you it’s impossible, even if it feels like it right now- you will be stronger, wiser, and a more compassionate human for it. I’m committed to doing my best to help others as much as I can while working towards healing myself. Let’s de- stigmatize conversations around mental health, mental illness, and trauma so we can help each other heal and also take preventative action. (PS I know I’m a day late but I wanted to post anyways hehe)
The singer notes how we are in a period where many things are affecting us. There’s oppression, discrimination, financial troubles, all heightened by the global pandemic. In the video, she details her experience practicing mindfulness, adjusting her way of talking to herself, and learning to be grateful every day. For instance, Cabello explains how she commits 10 minutes of her day to be mindful. She started the routine a year and a half ago and hasn’t skipped a day. The objective of setting time apart for mindfulness is to look at your thoughts from an objective perspective.
For Cabello, mindfulness came through meditation. She states, “Also, really 10 minutes of meditating is 10 minutes of training your mind and body to concentrate on being present. Anxiety is really focusing on the things that you can’t control, and a lot of that is what may happen in the future. Mindfulness really helped me with that.”
Another piece of advice the singer gives is to include a form of exercise into the day. She explains how moving her body every single day can clear up her mind. When she doesn’t feel like exercising, the singer will put on a song and dance for 30 minutes as long as you get your heart pumping; it’s good for getting in touch with your body.
Cabello’s advice on being kind to yourself is to change the way you talk in your own mind and learn self-compassion. She suggests journaling, “10 things every day that you’re grateful for, really small things, like sunshine on my skin and feeling the ground beneath my feet, little things like that.”
thank you for using your platform to speak so candidly about your own journey with mental health & for sharing the methods you use to cope & heal. i appreciate this more than you know, i love you so much
— (@Cambeyo__) October 12, 2020
After the singer shared the methods that have helped her with her mental health, it has motivated others to find what works for them. Working on your mental health takes time and patience. What matters is that you are working on yourself to be happier, healthier, and have personal growth.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health issues, reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for free, confidential referrals and information 24/7.