Camila Mendes Gets Honest About Therapy In New Interview and It’s #SelfCareGoals
We have to say, we love how open and honest Camila is about self-care, and not just the “put on a facemask and go” kind, but the not-so-cute kind that involves hard work. In a new interview with Popsugar, Riverdale star Camila Mendes opened up about therapy and her social media influence. The actress also talked about her support of the charity Project HEAL, which works to provide affordable treatment to those suffering from eating disorders.
In the interview, Camila urged fans who might be starting therapy to stick with the process, even if it isn’t a perfect right away. The actress said, “If you’re still not happy and you don’t feel that it’s helping, try finding a different therapist, and maybe you’ll get along better with that one.” Major props to Camila for shining light on the fact that the therapy isn’t a magical fix, but rather a process that takes time and effort. Talking openly and honestly about real self-care practices is a great way to help end the stigma around therapy and encourage people to get the help that they need.
Camila has been open about her struggles with disordered eating in the past. When the Riverdale actress announced her support of Project HEAL on Instagram in 2017, she talked about both her own experience with disordered eating and that of her sister, who also suffered from an eating disorder when Camila was younger. In another Instagram post in 2018, the actress renounced dieting, writing in her caption, “At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food…I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort.”
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When did being thin become more important than being healthy? I recently went to a naturopath for the first time in my life. I told her about my anxiety around food and my obsession with dieting. She phrased a pivotal question in such a way that struck a chord with me: what other things could you be thinking about if you didn't spend all your time thinking about your diet? I suddenly remembered all the activities I love that used to occupy my time. At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns. Somehow I had stripped myself of all the pastimes that brought me joy, and all that was left of me was my anxiety around food. My passion for education, cinema, music, etc. — all the interests that used to occupy my mind — had been eaten away by my desire to be thin, and it made me miserable. I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting – join me in this movement and share your story!
Thanks for being so open, Camila! You’re our hero!