Colton Haynes has shared advice to his younger self about overcoming anxiety in a new video for Mental Health Awareness Month.
“I think some advice I would give to myself when I was younger, especially about anxiety, would be that it’s okay to be anxious,” the Arrow star told fans in a video message for the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign.
“Also, a really, really good way to help yourself get over anxiety is to tell yourself that you’re excited instead of that you’re anxious.
“If you’re excited it’s almost the same feeling, but obviously without the panic part,” he said. “So, whenever you start to get a little anxious, just tell yourself, ‘I’m excited about this. I’m not anxious about this.’ And that really does tend to help.
“Sometimes just having a dance party can really, really, really help anxiety. Or just breathing in for seven and out for 11.”
Colton also sent an important message to people struggling with mental health disorders.
“You’re not alone. I think that that’s really something that I’ve learned in my recovery process for anxiety,” he said.
“There’s millions of people out there who suffer from crippling anxiety, whether it be from fainting or from sweating or so many different ailments.
“There’s so many people that have it and suffer from it, so you’re not alone. It gets so much better once you’re able to learn the tools to cope with it.”
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and each day the Child Mind Institute is releasing a different celebrity’s story about their struggles with their mental health as part of the organisation’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign.
“By speaking out, they will eradicate stigma and show children still struggling that there is a brighter future ahead,” the Institute said.