How Hailey Baldwin Found Help With Her Struggles With Anxiety
By Paris Close
April 24, 2019
Hailey Baldwin is getting real about her struggle with anxiety.
On Tuesday (April 23), the model spoke about her ongoing struggle in a new interview with Glamour. In it, the 22-year-old recalled nights when she was unable to sleep to those that ended in tears — and how a little over a year ago her anxiety brought her to some of the lowest moments of her life.
Baldwin opened up about her troubles with anxiety and insecurities earlier this year. Now, on days when she's "struggling horribly" — even to the point when she "couldn't sleep" — the cover girl says she finds relief in self-help meditation and therapy.
"I read a book a year and a half ago. … It’s all about knowing that you don’t have to be ruled by your thoughts. You can take control and flip the thought around," she said of her experience. "You have to ask yourself questions like, 'Is that what’s really true?' or 'Do I really believe that is the absolute truth?' and counter what you think."
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stepping into 2019 I want to be more open, I want to be more open about the things I struggle with, and be able to be more vulnerable. I’m a 22 years old, and the truth is no matter how amazing life may look from the outside I struggle... I’m insecure, I’m fragile, I’m hurting, I have fears, I have doubts, I have anxiety, I get sad, I get angry. I have had more days than I can count where I’ve found myself scrolling through Instagram comparing myself, comparing my looks, feeling like I’m not good enough feeling like I lack so many things and really struggling to be confident in who I am because I constantly feel like I’m just not good enough. Every single day is a confidence battle for me. I’m not writing this for a pity party or for sympathy but just to simply say, I’m a human.. I’m a young woman, I’m learning who I am and, it’s REALLY FREAKING HARD. It’s hard finding who you are, but what’s even harder is being picked apart and compared to other women while trying to do that. There are days that I’m simply broken because of it. It would be incredible if other young girls and women could find it in themselves to lift each other up, to stop making other women who are struggling JUST LIKE THEM, feel incompetent and less than. We ALL have flaws, and that will never change. What I do know is, God made us individuals for a reason, with our own beauty, our own personalities, and our own story because there’s a specific plan and purpose for each and every human created and he makes no mistakes!! So this year I’m gonna do my very best to just be ME and be confident with who I am. Cause I am enough, and I’m loved, and you are enough and you’re loved.
After making her struggles public, Baldwin hopes other celebrities will also be more transparent about their mental health issues. "We all struggle with it," she explained. "People look at celebrities who are famous or successful and think they have it all together. … But it's really kind of the opposite."
While Baldwin admits to once falling into the celebrity culture that pressured her to keep a happy face despite her anxiety, the star says raising awareness is key to healing.
"People would ask me, ‘How are you?’ and I’d be like, ‘I’m fine; I’m good.’ But really I’d be crying in my hotel room all night,” she explained. "You just have to be honest that life sucks sometimes. It's hard. Things are difficult. I just think the more we are open about it, the more we can help people find solutions."
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