Kristen Bell has opened up about self-care in a brilliant musical tribute to her therapist.
The Good Place’s Kristen Bell has, in an amazing new Funny or Die video, performed a song about her relationship with her therapist.
It begins shortly after her therapist, played by Yvette Nicole Brown, tells Bell she’s going on vacation. While Bell claims she’s fine with the arrangement, the video soon cuts to her playing piano — where she expresses how she really feels.
“You know me better than I know myself,” she sings. “[And] every time we talk my tears swell.”
Bell continues: “I told you all about my weird sex dreams, my sweet therapist Jan Gray PhD. I know I pay you to talk to me, but sometimes I pretend it’s free.
“Now you’re on vacation, don’t know what to do. Jan Gray PhD, I want to self-care with you.”
The actress goes on to say that she knows she and her therapist “can’t be friends in real life”, but admits that she often pretends they are in her mind.
“I spend most of our sessions holding back questions about you,” she shares.
“You came up in my Facebook as one of the ‘people I might know’ and I thought about looking through your photos, but I didn’t. I respect your privacy.
“OK, fine, I lied – I looked at the photos multiple times… your hair looked way different in 2014.”
Bell finishes with a heartfelt declaration of love (“not romantically, but in an, ‘I wish you were my mum’ kinda way) and vows to give at least 24 hours notice if she ever needs to cancel an appointment.
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Bell started taking medication for anxiety and depression when she was younger, and still does to this day – proving that mental health issues don’t discriminate, even for people who appear “cheery.”
In fact, during a 2016 interview with Off Camera, the Frozen star revealed what it’s like to struggle with mental wellness when you’re a “bubbly” person.
“I shatter a little when I feel like people don’t like me,” she said at the time. “That’s why I lead with kindness, I compensate with being really bubbly all the time. It really hurts my feelings when I’m not liked.
“And I know that’s not very healthy, and I fight it all the time.”
Bell added that she refuses to let anyone make her feel ashamed about her mental health conditions, saying: “In the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. Ever. But for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately crazy.
“It’s a very interesting double standard that I don’t often have the ability to talk about, but I certainly feel no shame about.”
Anxiety affects more than eight million people in the UK, making it the most common form of mental illness. It can affect anyone, at any time, and at any age.
Symptoms include psychological sensations, such as being unable to concentrate, feeling emotionally numb, and having a sense of dread, as well as physical sensations, such as nausea, tension headaches, difficulty sleeping, or dizziness.
If you suffer from anxiety, your GP can offer talking treatments and certain types of medication to help you stay on top of your anxiety.
The charity Mind also provides a number of self-care tips. These include breathing exercises, complementary therapies, and ideas on how best to break the cycle of fear and anxiety.
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