Just two weeks after announcing that she "sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals," Michelle Williams, former Destiny's Child member, posted some valuable advice on Instagram for others who may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.
She began by thanking everyone for the support she received after her last Instagram post.
"Thank you ALL sooooooooooooooo much for every message of love and support sent! My family, friends and fiancé have been AWESOME!" she wrote. "Sitting here reflecting on the past two weeks. I had no plans of what I was going through being public BUT now that it is I have a made an even BIGGER commitment to the mental health awareness area."
"So many people are suffering, hurting, hopeless, lost and don’t see a way out but there is," she continued. "Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out!"
Williams then shared some self-care tips, like taking care of basic hygiene, which she acknowledged can sometimes be difficult for people who are dealing with severe mental illnesses.
"You have to do the work even when you’re tired and feel the heaviness. Take one step at a time! Don’t overwhelm yourself," she wrote. "If you can just get up out the bed and brush your teeth and shower…..DO IT. For people dealing with depression , that is a HUGE step! Now don’t be depressed AND stinky…..pick a struggle! 🤣 (y’all know I had to add some humor)."
As SELF wrote previously, self-care often looks quite different for people dealing with mental illnesses than the bubble baths and nights in with Netflix that we've come to associate with the phrase. Although those things absolutely may help some people, others find that self-care involves taking care of more basic tasks, including brushing your teeth, preparing food, and keeping up therapy appointments.
One way to go about accomplishing those tasks is to write down everything you need to do in a day and, as Williams says, it helps to "pick a struggle" and try to accomplish just one thing at a time. Although you might only get one or two things done at first, the goal is to gradually increase the amount of tasks you're able to cross off the list as time goes on.
"Anyhoo…..I love you all very much! Talk soon! ❤️ (yes I need a fill and my roots need to be flat ironed….bye…..I haven’t lost my humor)," Williams finished her post. "Oh……Miss Tina cooked a HUGE meal for me the other night too, I just wanted to make y’all jealous! 🤷🏽♀️"