Taraji P. Henson is getting candid about her mental health struggles.
The “Empire” star is in the new issue of SELF, and in a video for the magazine, talks about dealing with anxiety and menopause.
“Sometimes, the weight is just too much and to put on that facade like you are strong all the time is exactly what it is: a facade; that’s whack,” she says.
“I would get so low, really, really low, beaten, like never before,” Henson says. “You may have those days [when] you’re like, ‘Oh, I just don’t feel like getting out of bed. I just want to sleep in,’ but you don’t feel heavy. I was just starting to feel heavy a lot, [like] suffocating. … It just came out of nowhere.”
The 49-year-old also says learning that her anxiety was a function of her menopause has helped her deal with things.
“[That confirmation] made me feel better but now I still have to manage it,” she explains. “That just means talking to my therapist when I feel this way, doing things to get me out of the muck.”
In terms of the advice, Henson says talking to yourself can actually be a big help.
“I talk to myself and I think more people need to talk to themselves because you work things out,” she says. “People might call it crazy or whatever, I even catch myself doing it in public and I have to stop, but it is just a way to work things out and it’s OK.”