‘The Next Right Thing’ — Kristen Bell Opens Up About Mental Health in Motherhood

If there’s one Hollywood elite that we all wish we could be gal pals with, it HAS to be Kristen Bell.

Time and time again, the actress proves to be one of the most down-to-earth, relatable human beings on the planet. Her recent interview with Women’s Health magazine is no different.

Kristen Bell

Bell, who appears on the cover of the November issue, has never been shy about sharing her life — the good, the bad and the ugly. Her goofy fun with husband, Dax Shepherd is the definition of #RelationshipGoals, but as Bell has made very clear, their life has not come without it’s hardships.

Whether it’s Dax overcoming alcoholism, or the struggles that come with raising two little girls, Bell has found that the best way to wade through the valleys, is by keeping it real.

The Good Place star has struggled with depression since she was 18 years old. But it’s only been in the last few years that the 39-year-old has realized how her journey could help others.

Bell says that her decision to open up about her depression came from the realization that she was walking in the same crippling shame that prevents others from talking about it.

“I immediately felt irresponsible, because I do care about depression not being taboo, yet I present this bubbly, outgoing girl who seemingly gets through life with a smile on her face, and I’d never discussed that some days, I don’t,” she tells the Magazine.

On the darker days—those when Bell isn’t her usual “bubbly” self, the actress says she uses coping mechanisms that she’s learned from watching her hubby’s recovery journey.

“You just have to do the next right thing,” she explained. “You just stand up. That’s the next right thing. Then you brush your teeth. That’s the next right thing. I’ve very one-step-at-a-time.”

Her technique echoes that of Elisabeth Elliot, one of the most influential Christian women of our time.

Kristen Bell

After her husband, Jim Elliot, died while the couple was serving on mission in Ecuador in 1956, Elisabeth said the only way to move forward was to “do the next thing.”

“When I went back to my jungle station after the death of my first husband, Jim Elliot, I was faced with many confusions and uncertainties. I had a good many new roles, besides that of being a single parent and a widow. I was alone on a jungle station that Jim and I had manned together. I had to learn to do all kinds of things, which I was not trained or prepared in any way to do.”

Just like Kristen Bell, and every mother everywhere, Elisabeth had often felt the weight of carrying far too many burdens. Feeling overcome by too many things on the to-do list, and too many people to take care of.

But anytime she found herself worked into a panic, or collapsing in a pile of self-pity, Elisabeth remembered an old poem:

“Do it immediately, do it with prayer, do it reliantly, casting all care. Do it with reverence, tracing His hand who placed it before thee with earnest command. Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.”

Elisabeth called it a “wonderfully saving truth.” Just do the next thing.

These days, that’s just what Kristen Bell does. Committed to being her healthiest self, the actress is focused on things well beyond just physical health.

Just this week, Bell was one of several big name celebrities teaming up with Child Mind Institute to empower young people struggling with mental health.

The campaign, called #MyYoungerSelf, exists to fight the stigma for the 1 in 5 children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Actors, athletes, influencers and more send messages of hope that transform lives.

Celebrity mental health campaign

New campaign hopes to help young people struggling with mental health. .

Posted by TODAY Parents on Thursday, October 10, 2019


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