Why Chrissy Teigen's Therapist Told Her to Take a Social Media Break

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Everyone’s favorite tweeter, Chrissy Teigen, has been pumping the breaks on her social media usage lately and it’s for a very good reason: Her therapist told her to.

The 34-year-old model talked to Marie Claire about life in lockdown, parenting, mental health, and more in an interview published this week.

Teigen told the publication that establishing boundaries and saying no has been a struggle for her this year, but that she's managed to say no when it comes to the Internet.

“I'm barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” Teigen said. ”I didn’t start therapy until quarantine. I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world. People think I'm tough, but I'm such an empath, and I take on other people's pain and sadness as my own. And when I let people down, I'm hyperaware of it. Sometimes, I feel like people aren't going to be as hard on me as I am on myself. So it's good for me to take a break.”

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I did this cover a couple days out of surgery, the one I was pregnant for all along. I was so so so scared the aggression on my body took a toll on the baby and just mentally came to terms with it “not working out”. It had never worked out naturally before so for sure it wouldn’t now! On top of that, I was struggling hard with some deep dark internet/real life days. I have lived a life begging for people to like me and think I’m cool and funny and their friend, and bam, it felt like everyone fucking hated me. I couldn’t do anything right, say anything right. I couldn’t leave cute comments on my friend’s pages knowing they’d be flooded with pizzagate insanity. My own fan pages wrote me, asking if I still wanted to be talked about even though the comments would be super hurtful. And I know. It’s all so stupid. There is so much worse in the world, but man, aside from the world sucking, my little world sucked too. Making people happy is my entire life. There is nothing else I wanna do. I guess I’ve come to terms with the fact not everyone is going to like me, and even though I still VERY MUCH DO NOT LIKE THAT, i can live with it. I love you guys a lot and have ohhhhh so appreciated the support the past few months. Now you know what it meant to me! Thank you @marieclairemag, for taking a risk and putting me on your cover - I know your comments bout to be A MESS. ❤️ . . Editor-in-chief: @ayakanai Entertainment Director: @maxwelllosgar Interview: @alysewhitney Photos: @laurendukoff Stylist: @monicarosestylist Hair: @hairinel / @priscillavalles / @traceycunningham1 Makeup: @kristinestuddmakeup Manicure: @kimmiekyees

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Though she's taking a break, the Cravings by Chrissy Teigen creator acknowledged there’s a part of her that “knows this is not the right time to go silent.”

"It does feel very selfish and weird to say that my mental health is important when there are people being murdered by police and murdered in their own homes. Who gives a #&*$ about someone making fun of me when people’s livelihoods are being threatened just for telling their stories? I have Black children, so is it really the right time to not want to step on anyone’s toes?"

Teigen is currently pregnant with her third child with John Legend, revealing the news to fans last month in Legend’s latest music video for "Wild."

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Mental Health

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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