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Hailey Bieber Opens Up About Her Struggle With Anxiety: 'We Need To Cheer Ourselves On More'

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Hailey Bieber is being refreshingly honest about her long journey towards good mental health!
The 22-year-old model is the focus of a new interview in Glamour, in which she gets VERY candid about searching for help to get over anxiety, and learning how to avoid certain mental health triggers while getting herself into a good head space.
Related: Hailey Gushes Over Her New Life With Justin Bieber!
There’s a lot to take in from the long interview, and Hailey very openly discusses many aspects to her mental health journey — it’s truly a must-read for people seeking inspo on how to help limit anxiety and other challenges on a day to day basis!

Find Moments For Yourself

As Hailey is quick to note, it’s critical to find moments for yourself throughout the day — whether it’s a nap, if you’ve got the time, or even doing some mundane daily activity that has a therapeutic aspect to it (below):

“Honestly, I understand little kids when I nap. I’m like, Oh, I get it. This is really helpful and it feels good. I also like to take a moment and listen to some music and chill. It’s so important, in my opinion, to find those moments for yourself. Especially when you’re around people all the time. Not only for work, but when you’re in a relationship too, and you’re with another person all the time. I think it’s important for both parties to be able to be, like, ‘Hey, I need an hour to myself.’ For me, I actually enjoy running errands. I like having to go to the grocery store or the drugstore. It’s a weird therapeutic thing for me—[it helps me] to feel normal.”

Gotta Have Faith!

Though she notes it may not apply to everybody, Hailey credits her own personal faith and Christianity with helping her improve her mental health over time (below):

“I’m somebody who is very rooted in Christianity and faith. And for me the root of confidence comes through that. It comes through God and comes through who I believe I was created by. So, you know, to each their own. I know not everybody believes in what I believe in. But aside from that, I think we need to cheer ourselves on more.”

Flip The Thought!

Good vibes only, right?! Positive thinking is key, Hailey has found, and “flipping the thought” gives her an opportunity to see the good in life and mitigate her anxiety issues (below):

“Everybody has things that are going bad in their life—no matter who you are or what is going on. There are always going to be things that bother you, or that you struggle with, that are never going to go away. And instead of focusing on those things, I try to flip the thought and focus on the other stuff. Like, I know I’m in a good spot in life. My family loves me. You’ve just got to flip the thought.”

And she has more on flipping the thought (below), and how it relates to meditation:

“I read a book a year and a half ago when I was struggling horribly with anxiety—really, really bad. I couldn’t sleep. I was just going through a time, and I read a book called Mindsight. It’s written by this doctor named Daniel Siegel, and he teaches this kind of meditation. It’s not spiritual; it doesn’t have to be religious. It’s not religious at all, actually. It’s more like a body-function meditation. It’s all about knowing that you don’t have to be ruled by your thoughts. You can take control and flip the thought around.”

Be Honest With Yourself

Life won’t always be perfect, as Hailey notes (below), and it’s valuable to be honest with yourself that there are going to be some bad days — it makes it easier to weather them and really appreciate the good:

“There was a time in the industry when it was negative to talk about that kind of stuff. Nobody wanted to talk about what was really happening, and everybody felt like there was this pressure to keep up a facade—or pressure to keep up this perfect lifestyle and make everything look really good from the outside. [Everyone would say,] ‘Oh, we’re really happy. I’m really happy. I’m doing fine,’ when really it was like you’re kind of crumbling on the inside. And I think I used to do that a little bit. People would ask me, ‘How are you?’ and I’d be like, ‘I’m fine; I’m good.’ But really I’d be crying in my hotel room all night. You just have to be honest that life sucks sometimes. It’s hard. Things are difficult. I just think the more we are open about it, the more we can help people find solutions.”

Insightful! Don’t you think, Perezcious readers?!
To read the full interview, click HERE.
[Image via WENN]

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Apr 24, 2019 12:47pm PDT