On his Twitter, Reynolds announced that May is almost over and, with him, Mental Health Awareness Month is drawing to a close. He then went on to explain what he was doing because of his anxiety and how it will be a lifelong companion who will not go away. And he clarified his statement: we don’t talk enough about mental health, and it’s time to de-stigmatize it once and for all by opening up about it.
– Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 26, 2021
Now, to some, this can seem anxiety-provoking. I know when I first read this tweet I was like, ‘How can I even compete or even be happy if someone as goofy and fun as Ryan Reynolds is also having trouble with anxiety? But it’s important to remember that Reynolds, and everyone else, is human like the rest of us, and with that, for him, his brain lies to him at the worst times because it’s anxiety.
For those who are longtime Reynolds fans, this feels like a watershed moment, although Reynolds has previously hinted at his mental health issues. That last tweet was different because Reynolds was facing the world and practically saying, “This is who I am, and it’s important that we get to talk about these things. »And for those who don’t really know him, like me who only really know him from Dead Pool, it gave us a new appreciation for the actor where I want to see more of his work and hope he is doing well.
Because I understand, and its tendency to oversize and drag important things. I unfortunately do this all the time. That doesn’t make me a bad person, or Reynolds. It just means we’re so worried about what’s to come next that we ignore the great, funny, and wild things that are happening now in this world and in our lives. It robs us of our joy and we shouldn’t, we habit, let anxiety do this to us.
On a separate note, I think it’s important to point out that he’s a man who talks about mental health issues, something I’ve never seen growing up. Most of the women I know are really in touch with their emotions and have no problem expressing their feelings, unlike the men I grew up with. And it is absolutely the fault of the patriarchy which sets strict and rigid gender norms for us, as members of this society, to respect and follow, depriving some of them of the ability to express themselves properly.
And Reynolds decided to fight back instead of being overwhelmed by anxiety, and not just during this mental health awareness month, either. Reynolds talks about destigmatizing mental health is part of a lifelong journey that he won’t give up, and it shows, and we all need to remember it beyond a month. We must work for a world where everyone feels comfortable being open about their mental health.
So, at the end of this month, remember to take care of yourself with whatever works for you, and remember that you are not alone on this journey. People like Ryan Reynolds are here with you, working day in and day out to not let our anxieties take our lives.
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