While Kristen Bell’s latest Instagram feed is currently filled with Frozen 2 and The Good Place tributes, the actress with the voice of an angel also manages to share loving messages to her husband Dax Shepard, hype the latest product she’s promoting, reveal hilarious stories about her two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, and provide us with loads of feel-good posts, including her Friday favourite where she pays tribute to a teacher every week.
But she also often talks about the importance of mental health. Kristen recently sat down with Today host Willie Geist for an interview where she not only spoke about her career and personal life but got really candid about how she deals with her own anxiety and depression. Both Kristen and Dax have always been open about getting therapy for their marriage as well as their mental health issues. And while their relationship may seem perfect, Bell revealed there’s so much more that we don’t see. “We didn’t want people to think that this idea of, like, ‘relationship goals’ was easy, so we started talking about mistakes we’ve made, and problems we’ve had, and how we go to therapy, and when fight and how often we fight — which is a lot.”
Willie pointed out how she often projects just how “happy” and “smart” and “bubbly” she is. Bell, however insisted it’s not always “bubbles” and “glitter.” Because that’s not real. “No, it’s not always that way,” Kristen clarified. “I am someone who takes a medication for her anxiety and depression. I am someone who has to check myself and sometimes — if I’m feeling really low — make a checklist of good and bad things in my life to see if it’s my mental state or if we really have a problem.”
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Bell revealed it was Shepard who urged her to open up. “He was like, ‘Why don’t you talk about your anxiety and depression?’ and I had never thought about that before. And I immediately felt incredibly irresponsible,” she explained.
Speaking out about her own struggles on the Shepard’s podcast, The Armchair Expert, and in various interviews, Kristen now stresses just how important it is to speak up and not suffer in silence. Kristen wants everyone to know there’s no shame in anxiety and depression and if she needs to share what she goes through and how she copes with it, thus maybe inspiring others to do the same, all the better.
Kristen joked that she hated to give Dax any sort of praise — but did so. Begrudgingly. “Ugh, I hate to give him credit for everything, it’s so annoying that he’s so right about everything,” she told Geist. Annoying or not, Kristen and Dax definitely get a round of applause from us. Keep the conversation going, you two.
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We were reminded by family and friends that at some point last week, it was our 5 year wedding anniversary. In truth, neither of us remember which day. Thats because we have been living the celebration of our commitment every moment since. I find when you are living with gratitude each moment, the dates become irrelevant. To get to wake up next to someone who has put hard work, respectful fights, patience, understanding and gratitude into your relationship is the definition of love. I will never remember the date of our anniversary @daxshepard, and i know you wont either. And thats just one more thing i love about us.