Ryan Reynolds Explains How His Daughters Inspired Him To Open Up About Anxiety

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Photo credit: Keith Tsuji - Getty Images

Ryan Reynolds has broken with his standard Instagram protocol of Hugh Jackman digs and mutual trolling of his wife Blake Lively to post a candid statement about his experiences with anxiety.

In the statement, which was posted to mark Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Deadpool star opened up about his tendency to overthink, overschedule and overwork, which he attributed to his 'lifelong pal, anxiety'.

'We don't talk enough about mental health and don't do enough to destigmatise talking about it,' Reynolds wrote, noting that he hoped that with more open posts like his that will change.

Now, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Reynolds has said that he was prompted to be open about his mental health struggles thanks to his three daughters: James, Inez and Betty.

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'Part of it is that I have three daughters at home and part of my job as a parent is to model behaviours and model what it's like to be sad and model what it's like to be anxious, or angry. That there's space for all these things,' Reynolds recently told the news outlet.

'The home that I grew in, that wasn't modelled for me really. And that's not to say that my parents were neglectful, but they come from a different generation,' he explained.

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Photo credit: Matt Winkelmeyer - Getty Images

The 44-year-old had previously discussed how his anxiety affects his life in a 2018 interview with the New York Times, saying: 'I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety. Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.'

He later explained how he deals with his anxiety, which includes mindfulness and giving public interviews 'in characters' to ward off the nervousness and anxiety he feels beforehand.

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