Deepika Padukone opens up about her bad mental health days; shares her mom realised when her cry was different and ‘wasn’t usual boyfriend issue’ | Hindi Movie News

“Life post mental illness is a ‘before and after’. I had a particular life before depression and I have a very different life after that,” Deepika Padukone recently shared in a voice chat room session. In several instances, the actress has opened up about her battle with depression and has been a huge advocate of mental health. Recently she hosted a Clubhouse session where she recollected how she broke down and her mother Ujjala Padukone realised how the way she cried was ‘different’ and ‘it wasn’t the usual boyfriend issue or stress at work’.

During the session the actress shared, “It basically started in February 2014…I felt empty, directionless and it just felt life had no meaning or purpose. I couldn’t feel anything physically or emotionally. I just felt this void… I felt this for days, weeks and months until one day my family was here and they were going back home and when they were packing their bags, I was sitting in their room and suddenly broke down. That’s when my mother realised for the first time that something was different. My cry was different. It wasn’t the usual boyfriend issue or stress at work. She kept asking me if it was this or that. I couldn’t pinpoint one specific reason. It was her experience and presence of mind that she encouraged me to seek help.”

On a closing note, Deepika shared, “I keep saying that there’s not a day that goes by without me thinking about my mental health. To ensure I don’t go back into that space, it’s very important for me to focus on the quality of my sleep, nutrition, hydration, exercise, how I process stress and my thoughts and mindfulness. These are the things I have to do on a daily basis not because they are fancy words or it’s cool to do this but I won’t be able to survive if I don’t do all these things.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Pathan, Fighter, Mahabharata, The Intern, Nag Ashwin’s next, Shakun Batra‘s next. She will also be sharing the screen space with hubby Ranveer Singh for Kabir Khan’s ‘83.