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How a Health Scare Finally Prompted Lo Bosworth to Make Self-Care a Priority

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When some of the original The Hills cast showed up to the VMAs to announce that their infamous reality TV show was getting a reboot in 2019, the internet (understandably) freaked out. But several key people were missing from the mini-reunion, including LC's bestie, Lo Bosworth, who was a regular on the show for four years.

In previous interviews, Bosworth has made it clear that she wants no part of reality TV again. Recently, she told the Lady Lovin' podcast that being a part of The Hills was "ancient history at this point."

"I don't want any association with any of those people," she went on to say. "The dissociation from all those people is what I'm hungry for."

Ever since leaving the show, Bosworth has spent several years redefining herself as an entrepreneur and wellness and self-care advocate. She runs a lifestyle blog called TheLoDown and is the CEO of Love Wellness, a natural wellness and personal care line. She clearly makes self-care a crucial part of her daily routine—but it hasn't always been that way. Before getting to this point, she dealt with some serious ups and downs with her health.

"It was back in 2015, when I was still living in New York, that I started noticing symptoms of anxiety and depression," Bosworth tells Shape. "That was followed by a health scare that really made me realize that even though I was leading a healthy life, I needed to do a better job at really listening to my body's needs."

Bosworth shared how—out of nowhere—she stopped being able to sleep and felt anxious and depressed for nearly two months straight, showing no signs of improvement whatsoever. "I ended up going to therapy and got on medication for eight months after, but nothing helped," she says. "I kept going to doctors with all these 'mystery' symptoms. I'd tell them I was dizzy or experiencing brain fog, and just felt tired and lethargic all the time, but a lot of people feel those things so it was really hard to attribute what I was feeling to something specific." (Related: Science Says These Apps Can Really Fight Anxiety and Depression)

Ultimately, doctors found that Bosworth had severe vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiencies caused by a genetic mutation that reduced her body's ability to process those vitamins. (Related: Why B Vitamins Are the Secret to More Energy)

"When I finally had answers to why I was behaving the way I was, it was as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders," she says. "Now as long as I just give myself weekly B12 injections, I feel totally fine." (Here's what you should know about B12 shots for deficiencies, energy, and weight loss.)

Bosworth also upped her supplement intake and started taking probiotics and vitamin D3, as well as magnesium, turmeric, serenol (for PMS), and omega-3s. Within six months, she noticed her body and mind go back to normal.

It goes without saying that the unexpected ordeal had a huge impact on the way Bosworth approached her personal health and well-being. "It made me realize how important it was to treat my body with love and respect more than anything else," she says. "I learned I needed to be mindful with decisions I made for my body. So, for instance, I've always known exercise is important, but doing high-intensity workouts was actually contributing to my anxiety. Now I do a lot of Pilates and make an effort to be moving throughout the day since that speaks better to my body and my overall health." (Related: The Best Workout for Your Body Type)

Bosworth also made meditation a part of her morning routine. She learned that it was important to take time and center herself before getting carried away by the everyday stresses and worries of life. "My mind is like a hamster wheel that's hard to turn off, so taking time to gain some mental clarity is super important to me," she says. (Related: 17 Powerful Benefits of Meditation)

Also high on Bosworth's priority list: disconnecting from her phone in order to be more present. "I've been talking to a lot of people about this recently, but we live in a world where the internet and our phones have the ability to drive us crazy," she says. "So turning off the technology and giving myself the time to enjoy other things in life is crucial." (Related: 8 Steps for Doing a Digital Detox Without FOMO)

Finally, Bosworth says she learned that she felt so much better physically and emotionally if she made a conscious effort to stay hydrated throughout the day. "People always ask me if I have a favorite skin-care product or go-to wellness supplement and I always tell them: water and coconut water," she says. "I never leave the house without some regular or sparkling Vita Coco coconut water in my bag and try to keep myself as hydrated as possible throughout the day. I just feel like it's one of the most important things you can do for your body."

Bosworth's wellness journey is proof that even if you live a healthy lifestyle, problems can occur. That's why it's so important to listen to your body and focus on what it really needs.

"Self-care is important, but so is customizing it to your body's specific needs," she tells Shape. "There's an influx of information out there telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing for good health and mindfulness—and while it's great to educate yourself, it's important to remember that everybody is different and not everything is going to work for you. So try to take everything you read with a grain of salt and figure out what works best for you. Your body and mind will thank you for it."

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