There is a stigma in discussing mental health, especially in third-world countries where people think there are far more important health issues to prioritize—that the feeling of loneliness is an urge you can fight off and get over if you just try to be happy. But people lose their lives to mental health disorders, and that doesn’t mean their struggles and sufferings meant any less; nor did they have it easier in their battles.
Fortunately, people stir conversations on self-love, wellness, and mental health more often now. Just this week, singer Demi Lovato released Simply Complicated, an original YouTube documentary on her personal life. The 78-minute film recounts her bouts on substance addiction, her major heartbreak, her family issues, and how she continually battles an eating disorder.
It might be difficult to comprehend why people—including celebrities—suffer from dark, harrowing conditions, but Demi Lovato is a testament to how mental health issues are as real and life-threatening as other health disorders.
Here, we rounded up three takeaway points on mental health from Demi Lovato’s Simply Complicated:
Bullying does more damage than you think.
In the docu film, Lovato recounts how she was bullied in school as a kid, which affected how she viewed her self-worth and skewed her perception of beauty. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age, and it is important to acknowledge that it does more damage than just embarrass someone for being different or weird. It may affect people mentally and psychologically—and people should stop this before it’s too late.
Support system = survival kit
When Lovato’s life was spiraling down from substance addiction, her managers, friends, and family kept their faith in her. They never gave up on her and helped her seek and believe in the importance of professional help. She underwent addiction recovery programs and psychiatric help, where she was able to pull her health back together. Sometimes all you need is someone who will acknowledge your pains and believes you can overcome them.
Exercise your mind and body.
Doing physical workout helps you divert your focus from negative thoughts and helps you release happy hormones serotonin and oxytocin. Exercising will also help you feel good about yourself, too, especially when you see results of your hard work and dedication. As for the international star, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu work for her.
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