Last week, (November 20, 2016) Selena Gomez, the American actress and singer, made a rare public appearance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) since announcing in August that she was checking into rehab to confront her depression and anxiety.
In her acceptance speech for Favorite Female Artist, Gomez addressed her hiatus and encouraged viewers who may be struggling themselves to get help. Gomez told fans, “If you are broken you don’t have to stay broken.” Whether you are a fan of her music or not, we applaud Gomez’s willingness to expose her vulnerability, and we believe there are four main takeaways from her journey:
Learn to Rest Not to Quit. Gomez’s decision to take a break from touring and check herself into rehab reminds us to learn to rest, not to quit. In fact, her decision to confront her depression and anxiety head on has only strengthened her fan base.
Devote regular time to self-care. Often in the hustle and bustle of life, we fail to include ourselves on our to-do list. Self-care is essential for our overall health and well-being. Failing to incorporate self-care often worsens symptoms and can lead to burnout. So whether it be taking a leisurely walk, eating more fruits and vegetables, or scheduling a monthly massage, get intentional about creating and incorporating a self-care plan that works for you.
Practice Authenticity. According to author and researcher, Brene’ Brown, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are suppose to be and embracing who we are.” In a world of Instagram filters, many of us are too concerned with what others think, often costing us our ability to be honest about our feelings or experiences. May we follow Gomez’s lead by practicing authenticity—as the first stage of change is always awareness and acknowledgement.
It’s Ok to not be Ok all the time. No one is happy all of the time and that is ok. There is a misconception that some emotions are “positive” whereas others are “negative”. The providers at Your Vision Achieved (YVA) believe that all emotions are normal and each individual emotion has a purpose or function. Life can be difficult and can often leave us feeling stuck. The providers at YVA are equipped and ready to empower you to work toward solution.
Thank you, Miss Gomez, for leading the way in challenging the stigma surrounding mental health. We at YVA applaud your courage, and we believe your example will help motivate others who may be struggling with depression or anxiety to seek help.