Cape Town - This year Empire actress Taraji P Henson has been very vocal about her battle with depression and anxiety and now she has shared how she tries to get a handle on it.
Speaking to BET at a Kinder Bueno pop-up in New York recently, the 49-year-old actress opened up about her relationship with fiancé Kelvin Hayden, her holiday plans, as well as how she deals with depression.
"When I have moments when I feel the darkness creeping in, that's what I like to call it, I have friends that I can call on that, that'll pull me out of it. Sometimes I'll find it hard to motivate myself to work out. I have a friend I can call that will come make me get up and go work out. I meditate. I am into aroma therapy. I’m into sound therapy. So I play Tibetan music singing bowls and that helps a lot," she told the publication.
Although the actress says her friends pull her out of the dark place she sometimes finds herself in, she says having a therapist is also important as friends can be biased.
"You just have to find what works for you. You know, you should absolutely seek a therapist. Your friends are not your therapists. They are very biased, and they have stakes involved in you. So sometimes their opinion can be skewed a bit. So that's why it's important to seek a professional, someone who studies human behavior and the human mind,” she said.
Speaking to Variety earlier this year, the actress revealed that she visits her therapist regularly but had to keep changing therapists before finding the right one.
"Going and talking to all these different therapists, that’s a craft. You’ve got to keep going until you find the right one. It’s like a relationship. I’ve got to feel comfortable because that’s the only way I’m going to keep coming back to you. To keep dealing with this ugly stuff, I have to feel totally safe," she explained.