Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch Says Her 'Mental Health Was at an All-Time Low' After Travis Mills Split
Madelaine Petsch is opening up about a very difficult time in her life.
In an interview with Flaunt published on Monday, the Riverdale star, 26, got candid about the mental health struggles she experienced last year amid the coronavirus outbreak following her split from Travis Mills.
"My mental health was at an all-time low," she told the magazine. "Every day was definitely a challenge and therapy was absolutely key for me to keep sane."
"My best friend moved in with me and that was a huge game changer for my mental health," Petsch continued. "I found ways to be creative while staying positive and reading books. I read this book called Vibrate Higher Daily, and it's basically about how to radiate positivity. And I found more books to help me navigate."
According to the actress, being in lockdown during a global pandemic certainly didn't help her anxiety.
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"It really took me probably five months through this whole pandemic to get back to an okay mental state," Petsch said. "I had a lot of anxiety over quarantine, and I felt like without my job and without Riverdale, I didn't know what my identity was."
"I'm saying this because I don't want anyone to feel like they're alone. I'm in the same boat and I feel it, and I'm right there with them," she added.
For Petsch, meditating, journaling and speaking to friends and family kept her focused and helped alleviate some of the mental stress.
"Even though there are days where I was really struggling, just to remember three things that I was grateful for — whether that be the roof over my head, or the food in my mouth—to start and end the day with really changed my mindset," she said.
Petsch had been dating Mills, 31, for three years when the musician announced their split last February.
Alongside a photo of himself and Petsch, Mills wrote in part on his Instagram, "While it pains me our journey has come to a close, I mean it when I say I'm so incredibly grateful to have shared the last 3 years with someone as compassionate, smart & wonderful as Madelaine. The personal growth made possible by our time together I wouldn't trade for anything."
"There's a ton of privilege being able to do what we do, but there's a mountain of challenges. That said we were in it together. It challenged me, kept me honest, made me more compassionate, and helped me do some very necessary growing up," he continued. "The highest highs were made better, the lowest lows were livable, because of her. I've learned so much about myself & life from that unconditional love and support."
"While I'm holding back tears I'm excited to see what you do next. I'll always have your back," Mills added, noting that he would not be deleting their pictures together off his social media accounts. "I regret nothing."
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