Beyond the façade of a glamourous life, the celebrities hide anxiety and depression with a smile. Be it Hollywood or Bollywood, many actors are slowing opening up about struggling with mental health issues. Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone frequently talk about their battles with stress and anxiety. Masie Williams, Jennifer Lawrence and Sophi Turner often stress on the importance of mental health. Recently, Katrina Kaif also opened up about dealing with depression and nursing a broken heart. The New York actor opened up about her coping mechanisms. Katrina also got candid about getting perspective after the end of a relationship.
Speaking to Filmfare, Katrina said that everyone has their own battles and their own way of overcoming them. “Like Alia has spoken about the anxiety she faces at times and said that it's okay to not be okay. This is an important statement. Deepika has spoken about her battle with depression and how she reached out to certain people, who helped her.”
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“In my case, books and other things helped me understand not to be a slave to every thought that comes to your mind or every emotion you feel,” she continues, “You don't need to crumble under the pressure.”
“This complex crazy Universe is not running because of you and me. It's running on its own. Have faith in it. Whoever is running this Universe has got your back,” she reflected.
The Tiger Zinda Hai actor advised people to “put out what you want” and “discard any thought that's not constructive.”
Talking about her journey from her breakup with Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina said: “A lot of things have changed for me personally and professionally. After my last relationship ended, I was forced to analyse many things about myself and my life and the way I was living it.”
“Whatever was supposed to happen, happened. Everything happens for a reason. I remember I was getting on a plane to shoot Baar Baar Dekho in Thailand. It was January. There was a repetitive thought going on in my head,” she reminisced. “When you get stuck on something, it's deeply disturbing. It doesn't leave you alone. It was bad. It was sad. I wondered how could something trouble you to this level? That phase made me read a lot. I wanted to understand how we human beings function. On one particular night, my attitude and approach to the world opened up again.”
“It may sound far-fetched and crazy but I realised we have just one life and one day we're going to die. These two things are certain,” she told Filmfare. “So, we can't be doing this to ourselves. There's anyway a lot of struggle and pain around us. There are many, who're in turmoil.”
“I wanted to understand what one could do about it. If I want to look slim, I can't sit here and eat a pizza. I'll have to go to the gym, work out for two hours and pay attention to my diet,” she explained. “It's the same with our emotions. Reading and certain things like yoga helped me.”
“That doesn't mean that I've achieved a state, where nothing affects me. I still get upset. I still get emotional. People can still play with my feelings. I still hurt. But it doesn't keep me down for long. So, before something pulls me down in a black hole for weeks or months, I can reset my mind in 24 or 48 hours.”
“The bottom line is that you shouldn't believe every thought that comes to your mind. That's fundamental to yoga as well. It's about observing your emotions and thoughts. And then getting out of the grip of those thoughts that trouble you.”