Singer is Open and Honest About Her Mental Health Progress
Pop icon Katy Perry is getting real about her journey to self-love after years of personal struggles. Perry has been candid about her experiences with depression and anxiety, and how it’s taken her on a winding road to finding self acceptance and self-love. Here are the key takeaways from her most recent interview on the struggle to attain mental wellbeing.
1. She Always Felt Pressured To Be Perfect
Perry has always been an open book about her past with depression. “I wasn’t making music for anyone else; I was making it for myself,” she said in a recent interview with ELLE. But it wasn’t until later that she learned to ditch the false expectations of perfection. “I was always striving for perfection, putting these expectations on myself and almost putting a plastic level of perfection on my body and my music and my clothes,” she said.
2. Healing Her Mind Took Time and Patience
Perry has several strategies today to practice self-care and encourage healing. She recently took a break from music in 2017 and said that helped her reconnect with herself and her music.
3. She’s Found Self-Love and Acceptance Now
Perry is now in a better place, having found peace with herself and acceptance of the imperfection that is true strength. “I’m learning, every day, to accept who I am and all my imperfections,” Perry said.
“I think self-love comes back to the lessons of learning, reprogramming, and re-training. When you accept yourself and all of your little nuances and rough edges, then it’s easier to accept other people.”
Katy Perry’s relatable story will undoubtedly provide inspiration and hope to anyone in the midst of a challenging mental health journey. The pop star is a great example of the importance of self-love and remaining persistent, even when the road to self-acceptance is winding.
With the right tools and attitude, we can all strive for a more peaceful and holistic wellbeing.
What other times has Katy Perry spoken out about body image?
In August 2016, Katy Perry spoke to Teen Vogue about her own body image struggles, saying “I think beauty comes from within and from the soul… I have my good moments, and I have my bad moments, but I focus on the good.” She also opened up about her beauty icons, noting: “My mum and grandma are probably my biggest beauty icons; they had cheerful dispositions and don’t necessarily go for the traditional ideas of beauty. I strive for a lifestyle of happiness and self-love.” In April 2015, in an interview with Refinery 29, Katy also spoke about her experience with post-pregnancy body image issues.