Name: Roxy Rezazadeh
City: Los Angeles, California
Fav thing about your city: The diversity! Everyone comes from a different corner of the world, and I absolutely love that. I also love how open-minded the people here are. I can't picture myself living anywhere else.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself! I'm originally from Strasbourg, France, and I'm fluent in French and Spanish.
Why is ending the stigma important to you?
Ending stigma around mental health is important to me because it creates unnecessary shame. When a person feels like their mental illnesses is stigmatized, they may feel reluctant to seek help, which leads to bottling everything inside. Not only is this detrimental to one's mental health, but it can be potentially dangerous.
People should not feel ashamed for struggling with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, and countless others. These illnesses may be a part of you but they do not define you. I want to live in a world where people are not afraid to share their struggles. Sharing your struggle with others is so beautiful to me because not only does it build a human connection, but it allows us to see that we are not in this fight alone. The world would be a much better place if we were in this together.
What does your every day look like?
On weekdays, I wake up at 6am to get ready for work. I spend my days working with children, which is pretty much a dream come true for me! When I get home, I will do anything from relaxing, to taking photos for my Instagram, to working on homework, to attending school in the evenings. Before I go to sleep, I like to do a meditation from my favourite app called Calm. It's honestly my favorite part of the day because it helps quiet down and relax my overactive brain.
On the weekends, I love spending time with my boyfriend, family, and friends. I definitely let myself sleep in because I'm not a morning person whatsoever. No one weekend is the same because there are always new places to explore!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger myself that it's okay to break the rules. Because I have anxiety and OCD, it can be difficult to go outside of my comfort zone. There are so many mental rules that my mind's created that have restricted me in so many ways. Thanks to therapy, I've freed my mind from a lot of the self-judgement that has held me back.
Another important one is that "you are not your thoughts." I used to believe that just because I thought of something, it was bound to be true. I would think about random diseases and then panic because I thought I would somehow will myself to contract it. Through therapy, I learned to treat my thoughts as clouds, and just simply watch them pass by and allow them to float away.
Who is a Role Model to you?
My family is a role model to me. Both my parents immigrated to a foreign country twice in their lifetime. First to France, then to the US. Their strength and perseverance is so inspiring to me, and is a constant reminder that I can get through anything. They have been there for me unconditionally, helped me through mental struggles, and are the ultimate reason behind my achievements in life.
How do you spend your Self-Care Sunday?
There's nothing more I love than being in my bed! I do everything from there. But if I must get up, I love going out to brunch and eating a delicious breakfast. (*cough* red velvet pancakes from Cici's Cafe *cough*) During the day, I usually go out exploring in LA or in the OC with my boyfriend. There's always new places to discover! I also love hiking, catching up on my favourite guilty pleasure shows (reality tv), and eating anything sweet. To wind down the day, I love taking baths with bath bombs, especially ones from Lush!