How did Camila Cabello overcome her mental health struggle?
by Ana Walia | Mon, 13 Dec 2021 22:46:12 GMT
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Actress Camila Cabello recently opened up about her mental health struggles and how working on one of the songs for ‘Cinderella’ helped her to overcome the hard time she was going through.

According to PEOPLE, Camila worked on the song, ‘Million to One’ for her movie ‘Cinderella’, which helped her to overcome her thoughts and gave her a new ray of hope for brighter and shiner days in the future. The singer-actress shared with Kid Cudi, Anderson. Paak and the Sparks Brothers, during a recent interaction, “I don’t think I know how to write in any way that isn’t personal to me. When I was working on ‘Million to One’ for Cinderella, to be totally honest, I was going through a really hard time with my mental health.”

Camila further added, “It was just a period of a lot of anxiety and sadness for me, and that song had me feeling like, ‘I can overcome this. I know that I can make my life better.’ I feel like I channelled my personal journey into the one of the character. The character was super confident — everybody was telling her no, but she knew.”

The singer has previously shared during an interview that she deals with anxiety and stress and they boosted up during the initial days of the pandemic but eventually she started to understand her mental health. She also shared that she used to feel stressed out and anxious while filming ‘Cinderella’ and would end up having an emotional breakdown once a day at least.

Camila shared last month in a detailed interview, “Before the pandemic, I felt really burnt out. I had been working pretty nonstop since I was 15. And the rigour with which I started working, there was just no time off. I was barely home. I didn’t have time to get to know who I was outside of my career. Pile that onto struggles with mental health, with anxiety, with these toxic levels of stress, it wasn’t even a meltdown because I would just work through it. I was just exhausted in every way and at that point, I felt like I was running a marathon with a broken leg. I kept going, but it was extremely hard. And I wish that I would’ve just been like, ‘Let me just stop for a second and get a nice cast for my broken leg and get some physical therapy.’ But I didn’t. COVID stepped in and kind of did it for me.”

Camila Cabello has opened up about her mental health struggles previously. Image Source: Fifth Harmony Wiki 

The singer shared that the pandemic helped her to stop everything and focus on herself, her needs, and healing. She mentioned, "I put everything on pause and was like, 'okay, what's going on here?'" she says. In turn, she asked for help, took time, and tried a variety of different tactics to get back to feeling good: .different kinds of therapy, meditation, exercise, changing the way I eat, definitely changing the way I schedule my time, and making sure there's balance and that I have time for friendships and connect with people, and that I'm not just 'nose to the grindstone,' and not paying attention to my body and my needs."

Camila in an episode of Time to Walk on Apple Fitness+ shared that her relationships with people and friendships bring her joy and pandemics made her realize that she can ask for help and these relationships are a powerful tool in her life. She mentioned, "I can rely on other people. I can ask people for help. I can vent to people. I can download and regulate my emotions with other people. It doesn't have to be this thing that I have to 'beat' and I have to overcome by myself. I think that paradoxically for my mental health, taking this moment was really healing for me and really transformative. If it hadn't been for that moment, the train would have had to come to a halt in another — probably worse — way."

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes decided to remain friends after two years of dating. Image Sources: Just Jared

Camila Cabello also opened up about seeking therapy during an interview and mentioned that therapy has helped her to overcome a lot of things in her life. She mentioned how she and her ex-boyfriend Shawn Mendes had a transparent relationship where they would guide or ask each other to book a session because they felt burnt out. Shawn had explained at the time, “I think the truth is that when you’re struggling with mental health, it turns you sometimes into the version of yourself that you don’t like to be and kind of loving and accepting your person through that, and being there for them through that, is life changing."

The singer gave an example that at MTV Video and Music Award after-party, Camila recognized that she was stress-eating because she was anxious or uncomfortable in that environment. “It’s a comfort thing for me. I’ll just kind of become unconscious and zombie-eat a lot, and then I’ll feel sick”, she added. After that, she added, “I’ve told Shawn about that. So at the VMAs party, I was like, ‘I’m doing it.’ And he was like, ‘It’s okay. You’re doing it. That’s okay. Let’s just take a breath and not do that. It’s really good for me to be able to talk about my patterns with someone.”

The couple broke up a couple of months ago but mentioned that they have a lot of love for each other and will remain best friends. Shawn Mendes recently released a post break-up song 'It'll be Okay' which states the situation between the couple.