“Mental Health Is A Practice Of Deep Self Love” Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks Of Her Past Despair Amid Bourdain And Spade Suicides

June 12, 2018  |  

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I think we’re all still in shock that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade took their own lives last week. Yes, they were people who seemed to have it all – lucrative careers in entertainment and fashion, respectively, but what was missing wasn’t something that a financial empire could solve.

Last night on Instagram, Red Table Talk host Jada Pinkett Smith pinpointed what was missing. While everyone has been pointing the finger at how important mental health is, the 46-year-old linked it to something else that we all need to be practicing – self love. And for Jada, this message was for her, too, because she once felt the same despair that the late Bourdain and Spade died from.

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often…Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love,” the post reads.

One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on… either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.

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As someone who understood how Bourdain and Spade felt when they took their own lives, Jada said she feels grateful for pulling through.

Jada’s own daughter, Willow Smith, recently discussed on Red Table Talk how she had to pull herself out of a dark period where she was cutting herself, something that Jada knew nothing about.

“I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain, but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that,” Willow said. So by harming herself, it made her pain feel all the more real and not “like a ghost in your mind. But one night I was just like, this is actually psychotic, and after that, I just stopped. It’s been like five years.”

So whether you’re a young girl or an older man, practicing mental health daily is a must. It’s the things you do day-to-day, from what you eat to who your surround yourself with, that help you build up the sunshine in your spirit and keep it there.

“In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on,” Jada wrote.

Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford

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