Katy Perry Opened Up About the "Toughest Time" for Her Mental Health
She's since embarked on a "mental health journey" and reached a better place.
In a cover interview with Vogue India, Perry explained that her mental health took a major hit during 2017 and 2018. "I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed," she told the publication. "In the past, I had been able to overcome it, but this time something happened that made me fall down too many flights of stairs. I had to really go on a mental health journey."
ICYDK, this isn't the first time that Perry publicly shared that she's been through some low lows. She's previously said that she's struggled with addiction and had suicidal thoughts at various points in her life. (Related: Katy Perry Has the Most Brilliant Self-Confidence Trick)
Throughout her Vogue India interview, Perry listed some of the interventions she's tried for her mental health, including therapy, as well as the Hoffman Process, a week-long retreat that aims to help people identify negative behaviors, moods, and thought patterns.
Perry's relationship with Orlando Bloom has also helped her stay grounded, she shared. "I have a partner who is also all about finding a balance—Orlando, who is on a spiritual journey of his own," she told the outlet. "He's an anchor who holds me down, and he's very real. He's not the number one fan of Katy Perry, but he's the number one fan of Katheryn Hudson." *Melts* (Related: 7 Tips for Supporting a Partner with Anxiety)
The singer also highlighted transcendental meditation (TM) as a practice that "changed" her life. "There are so many different forms of meditation I've done, but nothing supersedes TM," she told Vogue India. For those who don't know, in TM, you receive a personal mantra that you keep to yourself and use in twice-daily meditation. It's known for being beginner-friendly, improving heart health, and it's even been shown to help reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (See: What's the Deal with Transcendental Meditation?)
Perry may have endured a brutal couple of years, but she's now sharing her struggles to help others realize how important it is to take care of your mental health. "We talk about all our different organs," she told Vogue India. "But [we] never talk about our brain, which keeps us functioning the most."