Celebrities Who Took Time Off to Care for Their Health
Andrew Parker - April 30, 2019

We live in a world of more: do more, be more, give more. The thing is, oftentimes, we run ourselves down trying to achieve everything. Take it from celebrities. Now more than ever are they taking the time to focus on their mental and physical health. Just look at these seven celebrities who recognized they needed to spend time devoted to self-care.

Millie Bobby Brown

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Ever since Stranger Things Mille Bobby Brown has been in high demand. With her busy schedule of appearances and shooting project, including more seasons of Stranger Things, Brown is quite the busy bee. But she is just 15 years old! Most of us at that age had a hard time balancing homework and friends, let alone a full-blown career. Back in the spring of 2017, Brown canceled an appearance saying in an Instagram video, “I’ve worked too hard, and I have to rest.” Yes, girl, go be a teenager!

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato has always been open and honest about her mental health struggles. She has spoken up about her eating disorder and substance abuse. And she has also been really honest about how hard she works to overcome them. Demi took time off to enter a rehab program. She also reached out for help; she works with her manager to create an “amazing schedule” to help her out.

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez checked herself into a rehabilitation center in Tennessee where she stayed for 90 days to rest and receive therapy. The pop star and actress felt depressed and anxious and said choosing to get help was “the hardest thing I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”

Hayden Panettiere

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After giving birth to her first child, Hayden Panettiere suffered from postpartum depression. She decided to “take time to reflect holistically” on her health. Now she uses her platform as a famous actress to raise awareness about PPD. 

Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham has been an outspoken feminist for the entirety of her career. In 2016 Lena took time off from promoting the final season of Girls to recuperate after her issues related to endometriosis. She posted on Facebook that “I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest.” 


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Kesha’s out-of-control, party animal persona was just an act for Hollywood. So when she entered rehab in 2014, many thought it was because she partied too much. In reality, Kesha struggled with an eating disorder and has since been on the road to recovery. She’s also been helping others do the same. She spoke in a PSA for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. 

Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen revealed in Glamour‘s April 2017 issue that she dealt with postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Luna. She said a symptom was a lack of energy causing her to postpone her second cookbook. She spoke about getting help. She wrote, “I’m over a month into taking my antidepressant, and I just got the name of a therapist who I am planning to start seeing.”
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