She may play the unshakable Queen Cersei on HBO's Game of Thrones, but in real life, Lena Headey is a human woman that's subject to the same emotional and mental challenges many others face.
On Thursday, one of her fans asked her if she ever feels insecure.
@IAMLenaHeadey Do you get insecure Lena? <3April 13, 2017
Three minutes later, she provided an intimate response in which she admitted she's struggled with anxiety and depression in the past.
I overthink for sure. I am familiar with depression. I get HUGE anxiety (always fun 😫) Insecure, not really. https://t.co/5dwrO4ByYzApril 13, 2017
Then she offered some wonderful, concrete ways to deal with your inner demons, especially in the current political climate.
Anxiety is a beast. You have to talk to beasts. Release them back into the wild. Easier said than done I know but still. Good to Practice.April 13, 2017
Join the club. I tend to turn it around by the only known antidote, by judging myself favourably and compassionately.April 13, 2017
And yes and yes and yes.... major breakthroughs with this beauty https://t.co/Y7rtYb80GZApril 13, 2017
Anxiety. Depression. It's real and it's chemical. It's also spiritual. .. stay with me everyone (and before you ask, yes I'm ok)April 13, 2017
Globally we see constant destruction of human lives. Which no matter your belief, has an effect. If we scale it back to family and communityApril 13, 2017
It's been lost to greed and aspiration, no wonder we have anxiety, no wonder we overthink ..we're slammed with bullshit. ...April 13, 2017
Tricked into thinking. You don't have enough. You're not enough. Pretty enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Capable enough. Successful enough.April 13, 2017
Let's REMEMBER that. Don't be afraid to let someone really SEE you. Magic happens when you are vulnerable and truthful and HUMAN.April 13, 2017
Try one conversation face to face without hiding your true self. You'll feel terrified maybe .. for a second .. and then BOOM ...April 13, 2017
Drop the Mike. You fucking did it. Swagger home with some complex fucked up shared human realness 👍👍😘👻💗💗💗April 13, 2017
She even took questions like a virtual psychotherapist.
can't. I'm a super-introvert. nice thought though 😊April 13, 2017
Your thought will become an action. I know it. Deep breaths. https://t.co/VYVc90jV5DApril 13, 2017
This is the hard part. LOVE YOU first. Don't second guess someone's reaction. 👊👊 https://t.co/Q4CDtbkYKGApril 13, 2017
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