Social media was ablaze after American supermodel Bella Hadid shared her mental health struggles with the world. She not only revealed she’d been crying every day and night for the past few years, she even posted several candid photos of herself in tears.
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When you look at her Instagram account, all you can see is proof of her glamorous life. A Victoria’s Secret model is the embodiment of success and happiness.
At first glance, she has it all. Every girl wants to be her, and every guy wants to be with her.
But underneath all that magic, there is a broken young woman who’s been struggling with anxiety and depression for years. Fans recall that in January, the 25-year old supermodel took a short break from social media to focus on her mental health.
If you look at the whole story, you’ll see nothing but celebrity gossip. However, if you scratch beneath the surface, you’ll see that the younger Hadid sister actually sent us all some powerful messages.
Social Media Fakeness
Bella says: “Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that.”
Well, if a supermodel and influencer says it, who am I to argue?
As much as you try to fight it, social media can make you feel inferior. All you see are people having the best time of their lives.
Hasn’t it occurred to you that it’s impossible for everyone on Instagram to be filthy rich, have the most loving romantic partners, amazing families, and enjoy every moment of every day?
And let’s not forget about the looks. Whenever you scroll through your news feed, you’ll see flawless bodies and faces.
Well, newsflash: none of it is real. People post their best moments, edit their photos to the point where nobody can recognize them, and live fake lives.
So please, keep this in mind the next time you feel self-conscious about not being pretty enough or not achieving all of your goals.
After all, I bet you could have never imagined Bella Hadid was struggling with depression and anxiety based on her Instagram account.
You’re not alone
When you’re dealing with mental health issues, you feel like nobody has it rougher than you. Well, here is a comforting fact: you’re not alone in this.
Nobody is immune to these conditions – not even worldwide famous superstars.
Forget about the money and the fame. At the end of the day, we’re all just human beings, struggling with similar dilemmas and fighting the same battles.
There is always hope
The Victoria’s Secret model is going through a rough patch – there is no doubt about that. But guess what: she is giving us all hope in a better tomorrow.
In her Instagram caption, she writes: “But I want you to know, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point.”
“I’ve had enough breakdowns and burnouts to know this: if you work hard enough on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas, triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to understand or learn more about your own pain and how to handle it.”
Tomorrow is always a new day and a new chance to reinvent yourself. It’s a new opportunity to do better.
Even though some storms seem unbearable, they will pass. You will get better, and all of this will be a part of your dark past.
As long as you have hope, nothing is lost.
Mental health awareness
What happens when an international superstar with 47 million followers on Instagram shares a post like this?
Well, a couple of villains claim that she is doing it for attention. Luckily, they’re the minority.
The rest see that this post has a noble purpose. Think about it: what could be better for raising mental health awareness than a viral post like this?
It definitely helps break the stigma surrounding mental health problems. Bella Hadid says it proudly: there is no shame in struggling with depression or anxiety!