Sometimes a deep breath can do a lot more for your mental health than you might expect. In an Instagram post on Monday, Camila Cabello opened up about her personal struggles with anxiety and stress, citing meditation as a point of relief that better helps her to be at one with herself and the world around her. “Meditation has changed my life in the last few months,” Cabello wrote. “I didn’t share this with you guys at the time because honestly I was just trying to be okay, but I was experiencing severe anxiety. It was meditation – it was practicing every single day multiple times a day that has been healing me, and, more than just helping me manage strong emotions like anxiety and stress, it’s making me a better human.”
“May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well.”
Cabello went on to point out the benefits of meditation, including that it makes her feel closer to nature and more in tune with her own emotions and those of people around her. “Not only does it help in times like this with stress and anxiety, meditation is the practice of strengthening habits like empathy, love, and compassion – making you feel more connected to not only everybody around you, but living beings in general like animals, plants, and the earth, which is a living being, itself.”
Given the coronavirus outbreak, Cabello urged those suffering more stress and anxiety than usual to take into consideration their own well-being and that of those around them, particularly those highly susceptible to the virus. “In times like these, especially as young people, even if we are healthy, it’s important to practice compassion and help others that could be suffering. We are in this together, let’s not be indifferent to others [sic] risk. It’s our responsibility to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe. Empathy to others’ reality and solidarity could make the difference in hard moments like this. We can’t think that we will be unaffected because we feel young and healthy. We have parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, and we don’t want to be a part of the problem when we could be part of the solution.”
Cabello suggested her followers take the time to meditate by sitting up straight and feeling “gravity grounding your body to the earth’s surface and supporting you.” Next, she recommended taking three deep breaths and keeping track of each inhale and exhale until your mind has stilled. “Once your mind has stilled. Picture every human in the world right now, elders, people that have respiratory problems and are vulnerable, picture the people that are vulnerable, picture their families, and say ‘May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well.’ Repeat until you really feel it in your heart – love you guys, please stay safe!”
These Photos of a Little Girl Dressed as Influential Women Scream “Girl Power!”
Jenelle Wexler’s daughter Liberty Jaine was just 3 weeks old when an unexpected tradition was born. Jenelle dressed her up as the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and from then on, she set out on a mission to highlight hundreds of additional influential women who have paved (or currently are paving) the way for other women and people in general.
“I first came up with the idea to shoot Liberty as Frida Kahlo as I thought the two had similar physical features,” Jenelle told POPSUGAR. “The shots came out wonderfully, and it was soon after that I thought about other women in history that have contributed to the betterment of women and people as a whole. I feel it is important to try and instill the types of traits these women portrayed . . . intellect, courage, athletic ability, and a multitude of traits I hope I can teach my children.”
Liberty, now a year and 9 months old, has since posed in tons of photos as inspiring women (and is usually smiling big thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of her older brother, River). Some of Jenelle’s favorite re-creations have been Amelia Earhart, Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres, and she has a bunch more ideas for portrayals in the future. As for how the re-creations come about, Jenelle puts a lot of DIY effort into the whole operation.
“Making the costumes is so much fun! One of my hobbies is sewing, so I have a plethora of supplies in my craft room to make the majority of these outfits,” she said. “I also love finding items at thrift stores that I can easily re-create for the photos. I would definitely say the majority of these outfits are DIY from pipe cleaners for earrings to electric rake to make stripes on clothing.”
But aside from all the fun the photo shoots inspire, Jenelle hopes that these photos will do so much more for Liberty as she grows up.
“I am hopeful that when Liberty is older and looks back at these photos, she finds them to be fun yet informatively positive,” Jenelle said. “I attempted to capture these women’s essence in Liberty . . . [and] bring attention to their specific stories to show how important these women’s actions were in helping to shape our current society for the better. I believe these women continue to inspire the young females of present day to push boundaries and strive beyond equality. I feel it is important to pay tribute to the women who fought for and helped protect and further women’s causes. I only hope these are the individuals that Liberty herself chooses to admire and aspire to be like.”
See some of Liberty’s adorable portrayals ahead!