Kristen Bell knows that in order to create a life that we love, we need to focus on our own happiness instead of comparing ourselves to others. That’s why The Good Place star has partnered with The Child Mind Institute to help bring awareness to their #MyYoungerSelfCampain in order to share an important message.
“My name is Kristen. I have suffered from anxiety and/or depression since I was 18,” the star said in a newly released video for the campaign which focuses on mental health and learning disorders. “What I would say to my younger self is, ‘don’t be fooled by this game of perfection [that] humans play.'”
She went on to remind viewers that projections of perfection aren’t always what they seem.
“Instagram and magazines and TV shows, they strive for a certain aesthetic and everything looks so beautiful and people seem like they don’t have any problems,” said Bell. “Everyone’s human. Everyone has problems. Everyone feels yucky on the inside sometimes.”
She continued, “You deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days you wear no makeup and the days you don’t shower and the days you feel like you’re depressed. You have an obligation to take care of yourself from the inside out, because that’s how you can truly feel beautiful.”
Finally, the actress reminded viewers that they are worthy of care and happiness, regardless of their mental health status. “You are not alone,” she said. “Never feel embarrassed or ashamed about who you are.”
Kristen Bell isn’t the only one with something important to say during this awesome campaign. Every day during the month of May, which marks National Mental Health Awareness Month, The Child Mind Institute will share a video featuring celebs such as Gabrielle Union, James Van Der Beek, Brittany Snow, and Sarah Silverman who will each share messages to their younger selves regarding mental health and learning disorders.
What would you tell your younger self if you had the chance? Let us know @BritandCo!
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