Dwayne Johnson’s Surprising Secret for Overcoming Sadness That No One Is Talking About
As one of the most renowned celebrity athletes in Hollywood, most fans would think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson already has everything he could ever want in life. That’s why we often see him with a big smile plastered on his face while talking in interviews or even chippering on social media. However, Johnson says he still feels sadness and vulnerability but being a good actor, he is able to hide his unhappiness behind a big smile that his fans love to see on his face. But how exactly does he deal with sadness? Johnson reveals his secrets for overcoming grief in order to maintain his positive outlook in life.
Hitting the Gym
In an interview with Xilla Valentine, Johnson talks about how he still feels sadness every now and then. Before his loneliness escalates into anxiety or depression, though, he makes sure to counter it with two surprising methods. Whenever he’s sad, Johnson says he’d like to do something to beat the negative emotion. One way of doing that is by hitting the gym.
According to him, the intense physical activity he does in the gym helps him get on the grind and “sweat off” his sadness. After the workout, his energy levels go through the roof and his body produces an excess of a feel-good hormone called dopamine which helps him relieve all the tension and stress from the day. He also believes exercising helps improve your mood while keeping your body fit and healthy.
Acknowledging Your Emotions
If the first tip didn’t work, Johnson says it’s time for you to accept and acknowledge your sadness as the first step towards finding happiness. While countering sadness is good, Johnson says that sometimes we try too hard to suppress our emotions or create distractions around us that prevent us from getting to the root of our sadness or anxiety. Sometimes you need to work your way through your feelings until your sadness fades away by itself. If you want to cry, let the tears flow until the emotional storm within you settles on its own and you finally reach a peaceful state of mind.
Johnson reveals he plugged in his earphones and listen to mellow songs with heart-wrenching lyrics to intensify the sadness he felt. He keeps on listening to his playlist for hours until his mood gets better and he’s calm again.
Breaking the Stigma
In light of sharing his personal experience not only in coping up sadness but also his fight against depression, Johnson says he also advocates to support men’s mental health. According to him, the expectations the society has on men put a lot of burden and stress on their mental health. He saw how men tend to repress their emotions in fear of crying or expressing their feelings since society will perceive them as weak.
Johnson said he knew this because he also experienced it himself. He reveals it took him a long time to realize it’s okay to feel sad, stressed, or to cry when you think the world is going against you. He encourages his fellow men not to be afraid to open their emotions up and seek help from a mental health professional.
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