Camila Cabello says she hasn't been on social media much these days, but she's made a few returns to Instagram lately to discuss some of the unhealthy ways she's noticed people scrutinize each other online. Earlier this month, she wrote a thoughtful post about refusing to let people body-shame her. On Saturday, she hopped back on IG to explain why she's been taking a break from the platform and offered fans some advice for how to refocus on living in the present.
Cabello has been the subject of renewed media and tabloid attention after rumors began flying about her alleged relationship with Shawn Mendes. (The paparazzi has taken tons of photos of them making out, and she recently left him a birthday tribute that read, "I love you!") But the attention she gets isn't always positive and in her new post, Cabello made it clear that she's been focusing on herself and trying not to focus on the negativity that happens on the Internet.
On a picture of herself tagged in New York, she wrote, "Really wanted to send love to everyone on here—I don’t go on social media that much cause it’s not good for me, and I don’t know how to not be affected by what people say on here so I just don’t read it. But I am totally aware that I can use this platform to help people even in small ways!"
She then included a strategy that she uses to decompress and avoid getting too deep in her head. She explained that for the past few months, she's been dabbling with meditation tips and doing things like pausing for five minutes to breathe. Already, she said that "can feel the quality of my life improving - I used to live so much in my head , constantly trapped in my overthinking and being in my head as opposed to the present moment- and lately just going back to my breath and focusing on it puts me back in my body and back in the present and helps me so much."
"Do it three times a day and whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed," she advised her followers. "I know lots of us on here are growing up and learning how to be human lol, and that can be intense and hard sometimes - I think some tools are really life changing and help you know how to do that better, so I just thought i’d share something that’s really helped me; and hopefully it helps you guys!!!!"
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