Body image is a very common struggle in girls, especially the younger generation. Valerie Bertinelli shares an inspiring video on social media that brings her followers to tears.
In the clip, she goes through her struggles with body dysmorphia. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever overcome this, but she’s willing to keep trying.
“I’m standing out in the rain,” she said as she takes in a huge breath. “Because I’m doing my best to distract my mind from spiraling to a place of self loathing. I saw a picture of myself today that made me want to do that. I am not where I want to be right now. Bodywise I don’t know if I ever will be. When I see it right in front of me, it really does send me down that path. And I am doing my best to be positive and more full of joy and hopefully my body will follow along. I’m just not there yet.”
Afterwards, she heads back inside to show us a book she wrote in the past.
“That’s just a little fix I can do today,” she said as she flips the camera back on herself. “I’m just not focused on all of the shortcomings, the flaws and the imperfections. I need to just give myself permission. We can all give ourselves permission to feel joy, being intentional about it and remember to be grateful. And I am grateful. Even through all of the mess because there’s still good in all the mess.”
While many accounts were hyping her up through this, one person said it’s all about what’s inside you.
“It’s not the size of your jeans that matter, it’s the size of your heart,” @dennisepaulitzki said.
How People Other than Valerie Bertinelli Fix Their Mental Health
First of all, mental health is something we can all relate to. Some of us struggle with depression and anxiety everyday while others are encouraging people to think positively.
From a recent Law & Order episode, Chris Meloni, admits his struggles with his mental health. With all of the expectations fans expect Chris to live up to, it can be challenging to always seem “perfect”. For example, actors, musicians, and even social media influencers go through some of the darkest times. But none of us will ever see that. They are so used to helping people that they often forget to take care of themselves in the process.
As everyone knows, life can be hard to handle with the pressures we put on ourselves. However, effort and positivity can go a long way.
Consider following some of these tips.
- Talk about your feelings. It is often calming to know someone is listening.
- Keep active and keep a balanced diet.
- Keep in touch with close friends and loved ones.
- Ask for help, no matter how scary it can be.
- Take a break from stressful situations and focus on yourself.
Finally, support yourself through the hard times. At the end of the day, you are the only one who can overcome these obstacles you’re facing. Life is hard, but it’s never impossible.