It’s no secret that Selena Gomez has struggled with anxiety and depression. The pop star and actress has taken time away from her career to focus on herself, and she’s been open about needing a break from it all. Gomez spoke about her mental health in a candid interview on the Dream It Real, a new podcast launched by Coach.
Gomez got in an in-depth discussion over the harmful aspects of Instagram, the wonders of going to therapy, and how having a close group of friends has helped her stay grounded and focused on her true blessings in life. It’s a process, she says, she’s been going through ever since she stepped foot into the spotlight as a child actor. She added that she’s still dealing with all that during therapy to deal with her childhood and understand herself better today.
“[Therapy “is [hard] but it’s amazing. It’s just hard. One of my friends asked you know. I want to start going to therapy, [and I said,] ‘It’s good, just tell me how your first experience goes.’ And she’s like, ‘I don’t really know, and I just didn’t really like it.’ And I said to her, ‘You have to just give it a month because you can’t go in and do that, and it’s hard for people to open up.’ But I think that it’s just one of the most important things to get to know yourself. Not saying everyone in the world has to do it…but I do think that it’s helped me understand myself and my childhood a lot better.”
While Selena has been one of the top celebrities on Instagram — she had the most followers for a long time and is now second to Cristiano Ronaldo — she says that she needed a break from the social media platform, and urged others to do the same. She said being on Instagram all the time is unhealthy because those images aren’t what real life looks like.
“It is not that healthy to be on it all the time because I noticed with me, I got kind of depressed looking at these people who look beautiful and amazing, and it would just get me down a lot, so I just think taking breaks is really important,” she said. “But just know that most of it isn’t real. And I hate to say that, I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s very unrealistic in a lot of ways, and I think that for me, I want to protect the youngest generation because they are exposed to so much information, and I feel like that causes a lot of anxiety at the youngest age. Like, I didn’t grow up with that. I had dial-up internet. I think that sometimes people are exposed to too much, and you should really protect what you’re seeing and be mindful, be really mindful of how it makes you feel.”
It’s so important for people such as Gomez to use her platform to share that mental health is important, and what that process looks like it. Being mentally healthy doesn’t happen overnight, and making the sacrifice of taking social media breaks and seeking help is crucial to making that change.
Click here to listen to her interview.