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Keri Hilson is stepping into the fitness realm to help promote online exercise site Fit2Be, and by doing so, she opened up about the importance of keeping her mind, body and spirit together.

“Ever had emotional pain or worry-some, stressful thoughts that led to headaches or physical pain? Ever been in such physical pain that it affected your spirit? I have…and pretty much any other combination you can think of,” she said. “I’ve learned it’s because they’re all connected. When one is off, the others are affected.”

She added, “Now I’m nobody’s fitness guru, but I try to mind them all because to me, being healthy means feeling fit, strong, & confident not just in my body, but my mind & spirit as well.”

And with her history of depression, it’s especially important that the 35-year-old singer/songwriter practice self-care physically, mentally and emotionally. During an event for organization Silence the Shame in March, Hilson opened up about her mental health.

“Literally, seven years of my life have been a battle with depression and I can’t say that I’m all the way clear, but I’m in the clear,” she said. “When ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ was at the top of the charts, I was bearing the weight of some personal and professional mistakes and they just weighed so so so heavy on my spirit, and I was just not myself.”

“It all just kind of spiraled for me, and became something I had never been through, I had never recognized myself as a person who can’t pick themselves back up. I mean, I was literally on stage crying.”

She said that one way she guards her spirit when she’s feeling down is by logging off social media, and the benefits are instant.

“When we are not okay, when we are a little low or a lot low, there is a protection mode that has to happen because you don’t know how much our subconscious is soaking in the criticism and the praise,” she said. “For two and a half years, I went ghost from social media. I don’t need the false love or the unwarranted hate. I don’t want any of it so I just left.”

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