Sarah Jessica Parker has shared how she manages life with anxiety.
In a new interview with The Coveteur, the Sex And The City Queen got candid about the important of taking care of her mental wellbeing ― and it’s the perfect reminder that talking about your psychological health is hugely beneficial for managing it.
Parker revealed that she used to keep feelings of anxiety to herself because she was worried about shattering the confident persona she felt was expected of her as a public figure.
“I used to not ever tell anybody because I thought that too many people were reliant on me to not be anxious, like they were all looking at me to make them feel better,” she said. “Like anything, until the minute you talk about something it feels as if you are a balloon that’s been blown up and you have too much air in you. You just need somebody to let a little out.”
The actress and fashion icon has since learned how to deal with anxious feelings by discussing them with friends and family in the moment, she said.
And she couldn’t be more right. Talking about mental health not only helps treat the issue, but also helps to reduce the stigma associated with it. Research shows negative stereotypes often prevent people from seeking support ― and the more people like Parker open up, the more those stereotypes are smashed.
Sarah is just one of many celebrities who have been creating awareness around mental health in the media recently. Last year, she emphasised to Glamour Magazine the importance of creating more compassion around mental health , especially when it comes to veterans and PTSD.
Parker explained to The Coveteur that taking care of your mental wellbeing in the moment you feel uncomfortable is all about understanding methods that put you at ease. For her, it’s indulging in a good book. For others, that may be exercising, meditation or simply going for a walk.
The actress finished by emphasising the importance of tackling any psychological issues head-on…
“My mental wellness is reliant on me figuring out how to cope,” she told the publication. “I’m also on the other hand not afraid of feeling anxious, I just want to know that I can handle my nerves or my anxiousness, or disappointment or sadness about myself or friends and family members.”