On November 12th, girl boss Lilly Singh who is also known as Superwoman announced a break from social media on Youtube through an I’ll see you soon… titled video. With a massive Youtube following of more than 14 million subscribers, Lilly decided to take some time off of her hectic work life to focus on her mental health.
Lilly has been releasing bang on content consistently for 8 years straight. Recently, she opened up about how this has exhausted her mentally, physically and emotionally. She has been seeing some changes in herself which she isn’t enjoying. In her 7 minutes 54 seconds video, she talked about how this is important for her to address at the initial stage and there is nothing to feel sad or ashamed about it. She said,
I could be happier, I am not my optimal happiness right now.
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Earlier this week I announced a break from YouTube due to wanting to work on my mental health and happiness. I honestly wasn’t expecting the reaction I received. Firstly, I want to say a very deep, heartfelt thank you to all my friends, family, fans and industry members who have reached out with genuine messages of support. Your love and energy has meant so much to me. Reaching out to people in need is absolutely the correct step. Thank you for taking it. Secondly, admittedly, it’s a little strange for me to see my announcement all over the media. Where I live in California, people have just lost their homes in the wildfire and so I don’t consider my break newsworthy in the greater scheme of things. Having said that, I appreciate all of the outlets who have stayed true to my messaging and put mental health in a positive light. My decision was proactive in nature. For the last few months I’ve noticed changes in myself that I don’t enjoy. After long days of working a job I love, I’d sit alone in numbness feeling sad and unmotivated. I would continuously pity myself for being lonely but take no action towards fostering relationships. Small, minor hiccups in my day would completely take control of my mindset and get the best of me. Being overwhelmed replaced being grateful. I complained more, got impatient quicker and didn’t allow space to think about myself, my day, my feelings or what I need. I experienced anxiety in situations I would previously enjoy. Creation became a burden rather than a pleasure. This is why I’m taking a break. I recognize this behaviour and I am taking proactive steps to manage it before things worsen. I’m typing this with a smile on my face because I’m proud of my decision and grateful for your support. To everyone who is concerned, thank you, but also don’t be. This is not the fall of Lilly, rather it is the beginning of her rise. It’s time to take my mind to the gym so it can shine bright once again… ❤️
Lilly has not planned on when she will return to social media, she wants to let things take their course and come back better than ever! With no specific rules on how and what should be done next, she is confronting this in an extremely positive and encouraging manner. After the video was out, it became the news and Lilly wrote,
Where I live in California, people have just lost their homes in the wildfire and so I don’t consider my break newsworthy in the greater scheme of things.
We cannot stress enough on how important it is to take care of your mental health. The first step is to recognise and acknowledge the changes that are happening to you mentally, emotionally and physically. Many of us tend to deny it because of the stigma attached to it. But believe us when we say this, it is completely normal and okay to go through changes. We’re all human. There is nothing to feel embarrassed about. Ask for help, reach out to someone who you trust and take a break if needed. You’re going to be okay and the world is here to help you through this journey. Do not ignore the signs your body and mind give you, they’re for your own well being.