Regina King Says Crying Has Been 'Cleansing' During Lockdown

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Regina King opened up about what she’s been doing to stay emotionally healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, sharing in a recent interview that crying has been “cleansing.” She said, “[I'm] allowing myself the space to emote and not worry about what someone else will think.”

The Watchmen star talked to InStyle about everything from acting to Black Girl Magic to “quarantine wellness,” divulging how she maintains her “physical and mental health during such a stressful time.”

“I’ve been allowing myself the space to actually emote, to cry. A lot of us are experiencing depression right now, and a lot of us who may have not been able to identify depression, and when we’re feeling it, are experiencing it for the first time,” said the actress. “I’ve been very much okay with those moments where I feel like I’m suffocating and taking the time to actually release it out into the world. It doesn’t feel like I’m helpless, it feels like a cleansing and I’ve been allowing myself to shed the tears.”

King went on to say that women have a tendency to not want to “cry on somebody’s shoulder,” particularly as a mom because, with young children, “you want their minds to feel safe since tears can sometimes translate to children feeling like they need to take care of us and mothers don’t ever want their children to feel that way.”

“It’s hard to give yourselves the space to cry, but I think it’s been good for my son to see it. I’m lucky that my son is an adult and doesn’t internalize it in any way,” she said. “He’ll go, ‘What? Okay, you’re just letting it out, alright.’ And then I’ll laugh, or sometimes I’ll sound like a sailor with all the emotion. But the point is that I’m still allowing myself the space to emote and not worry about what someone else will think.”

The 49-year-old also shared some of her self-care tips, explaining that she and her family recently got a puppy named Earl that they take on walks. She also said she’s become a “bath person.”

“I have been that person on Amazon, ordering different types of bath salts and it’s become a ritual. Before I would say I would take a bath every couple of months, but now it’s more like two or three times a week,” she said.

Well, Regina, you may have figured it all out: Puppies and baths sound like just the right thing to help us zen out these days. Excuse us, we need to go find an adoption center and pick up some bubbles.

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity, Mental Health

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