Camila Cabello provided some helpful advice to others experiencing personal struggles.
To honor World Mental Health Day (October 10), the “Havana” singer shared a video with “some tools” for followers who may be struggling with mental and emotional health.
“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,” wrote Cabello, who shared several helpful practices that have kept her balanced, including “deep belly breathing, grounding myself in my senses – see, touch, hear, feel, smell.”
She continued, “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.”
Cabello says knowing this has “empowered” her to make learning more about her body and brain an everyday habit.
“There are so many things that affect our mental health, traumatic experiences, emotional abuse, being in extremely toxic environments,” the 23-year-old went on. “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.”
She concluded, “Let’s de-stigmatize conversations around mental health, mental illness, and trauma so we can help each other heal and also take preventative action. 💕💕”