Hailey Bieber recently opened up about her mental health struggles — and her progress! – in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. The 25-year-old model shared a video on YouTube last Tuesday explaining how she deals with anxiety, including her experience with therapy.
“Therapy has been a part of my life for four years,” Bieber explained. However, she wasn’t always completely on board with the idea. “It’s something I wasn’t sure at first,” she admitted.
“I really have a hard time admitting that I’m going through a tough time,” Bieber continued. Thankfully, the star said she’s learning to accept vulnerability: “The older I get, the more I learn and keep developing so I can be really vulnerable and open instead of trying to have it all together all the time.”
Now that Bieber has been in therapy for a while, it seems like an amazing experience for her. In fact, she says it was a game-changer! “The more I’ve developed my relationship with my therapist, the more it’s been a game changer for me and it’s a space where I feel really safe to be able to talk about what’s going on in my mind, say things out loud voice and feeling safe and not feeling judged,” she said. We love it! It’s refreshing to see a celebrity speak so candidly about their mental health.
The star encouraged others to also speak to a therapist if they can, although she understands it’s not accessible to everyone. “I feel very grateful and very privileged to be able to afford it,” Bieber said.
The model said talking to someone she trusted was just one of the things she did to “check in” when dealing with anxiety. Other methods in her personal toolbox include spending time in nature and practicing calming breathing exercises.
Bieber also opened up about his personal struggles with social media. “I’m someone who has a hard time pleasing people and really wants everyone to like me and cares a lot about what people have to say and what they think,” he said. – she admitted, noting that while social media is a great way to connect with people, all the “negativity” and comments from millions of followers can be “testing” on her mental health. However, she is taking steps to take care of herself and prioritize a positive relationship with the internet. “I’m in a space where I try to have the healthiest relationship possible with social media,” she said.
The star also wanted viewers on their own mental health journeys to know that they are not alone and should ask for help whenever they need it. “Just know that I understand and we’re all in this together,” she said. “You are not alone in what you are going through, ever.” Ah!