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"I Wasn't OK" Roz Purcell Shares Message Of Self Acceptance For Mental Health Awareness Month

By Rebecca Keane

May 16, 2019 at 1:33pm

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The model uploaded a picture comparing her current photo with an old one.

Roz Purcell marked Mental Health Awareness Week with an Instagram post of her body positivity journey.

The model and cookery author admitted to basing her self-worth on her weight and appearance in the past and shared what helped her heal her relationship between her body and food.

She said she 'had a realisation' that she wasn't okay didn't want to waste any more time hating herself.

In her post, she said, 'I sought help through counselling (cbt) and going to a nutritionist (even though my eating disorders never really had anything to do with food it was just something I could control) it was really helpful in helping me tackle my ”fear” of certain foods and food groups.'

She said talking to her friends and family also helped her release the shame she felt, but more than anything it gave her a 'responsibility to see it through and learn to manage it'.

She advised people to not lean into believing Instagram and other forms of social media too much as it is a 'highlight reel, that split second you see of someone's day, that good angle or edited photo. That's all it is - nothing more'.

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Hello friends so this month is mental health awareness month and this week is dedicated to body image. I haven't really been up for posting on social media as of late but I really like being able to use this space to hopefully make someone else experience online a little bit better and show my reality at least. Body image - it's something we're taught to place huge importance on. The media has decided what the perfect body type is and we have become completely blindsided by the fact our bodies are A LOT MORE THAN just for show. For a lot of years I based my self worth on my weight and believed reaching certain numbers would bring happiness and success - it doesn't work like that and I guess I had to live it to realise it. There's really not enough word count on this platform 😂 regarding this subject but today I finished recording the last episode of Bite Back (out next week) a solid 9 episodes talking about this! But I want to touch on what helped me heal my relationship with my body and food. Firstly a realisation that I wasn't ok and that I didn't want to waste anymore time hating myself & feeling I didn't deserve the things I wanted because of how I looked. I sought help through counselling (cbt) and going to a nutritionist ( even though my eating disorders never really had anything to do with food it was just something I could control) it was really helpful in helping me tackle my ”fear” of certain foods and food groups. Talking to my friends and family, mostly my family at the time because I feel ashamed but more than anything It gave me a responsibility to see it through and learn to manage it because I had let someone else in. In a world of beautiful strangers and comparison try remeber what this place is the highlight reel, that split second you see of someones day, that good angle or edited photo. That's all it is - nothing more. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #bodyimage

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Comments on the post thanked the model for her honesty and commended her.

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