She explains how she's managed her demons and dealt with an emotionally tough year.
By all accounts, Kourtney Kardashian has had a pretty rough year. Just six months after welcoming her third child, Reign, she split with long-term boyfriend Scott Disck, after claims that he’d cheated on her in July.
This week she’s penned an essay on her website, detailing the effect the breakup has had on her mental health.
In a post entitled Coping With My Anxiety, Kourtney writes, “Everyone deals with hard times in their lives differently. I’m generally not a nervous person but I get anxious. I also get nauseous and feel like I can’t eat when it is really bad, but I force myself to stay healthy.”
Explaining how she keeps her anxiety under control, Kourtney reveals that her recent gym workouts have more to do with managing her mood than her post-baby body.
“When I was pregnant with Reign, I knew that I was going to go hard at working out afterwards,” she explains. “I couldn’t wait to feel strong and in shape again. I didn’t know that I would be going through a break up and just an overall crazy year.
“One thing I’ve found that really helps is working out,” she continues. “I try to exercise five days a week. I usually start with a quick run or jumping rope to warm up. I have to do something fast to really kill it. And I definitely need good music.”
Kourtney’s not the first celeb to talk openly about the positive links between mental health and exercise. Speaking of his battle with anxiety and depression former Leinster Rugby player Bressie told The Independent “[exercise is] one of the things that might help along with medication and therapy, and it works for me,” while earlier this year Lena Dunham also ‘fessed that keeping active had helped her to manage anxiety, stating “it ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.”
For Kourtney those effects ring true too. “People are very quick to judge others by appearances,” she writes, “but you truly don’t know what someone’s motivation is or what is going on inside them. For me, exercise is as much about my body as it is about calming my mind.”