Bella Hadid is candid about her anxiety in makeup-free video

Bella Hadid has opened up about how she struggles with anxiety in a new TikTok video. ‘I don't know if I've said this before, but I have the worst morning anxiety,’ she told her followers.

Explaining how she wanted to hold herself ‘accountable’ by documenting the full details of her life, the model and brand founder said that she tells herself daily affirmations to try and curb her anxious thought patterns every morning.

Some of her mantras included: 'We're gonna have an amazing day today, Bella' and 'you're not going to let your anxiety overrule you today, Bella.'

The term affirmations has become somewhat of a buzzword in the wellness industry, with #dailyaffirmations racking up a staggering 879 million views on TikTok alone. But the science stacks up in its favour too.

The theory is that by telling yourself positive mantras you can actually help reframe negative thoughts and shift the narrative, manifesting that affirmation into reality. ‘Our language matters, and what we think about ourselves directly impacts our behaviour,’ said Mindset Coach Wendy O’Beirne, when speaking to WH about the power of positive affirmations. ‘If you are someone who consistently says to yourself “I am rubbish at public speaking, I hate it,” then that thought will trigger a feeling and you will dread any opportunity to speak in front of people,’ she adds.

During the video, the 26-year-old was honest about the fact that sometimes a positive intention or outlook can only go so far. 'I wanted to show you how stupid I feel sometimes when I'm laying here and I don't believe it,' she said. 'I'll be like, "You're gonna have an amazing day today, Bella. You're not gonna let your anxiety overrule you. You are loved. You are loved. You are loved, Bella. Not everyone hates you."'

Speaking candidly, she also said that she's guilty of using her career as a tool to prove her worth to herself. 'Usually, when I'm working so much, my accomplishments make me feel better which is so unhealthy,' she added. 'So, I'm trying to just make myself feel better naturally.'

This isn't the first time Hadid has spoken openly about her mental health. Back in 2021, she took to Instagram to discuss anxiety and social media. 'Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that. Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone. So from me to you, you’re not alone,' she wrote.

When social media can all too often feel like a perpetual feed of filtered perfection, Hadid's honesty is a welcome anomaly.

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