Ariel Winter has managed to navigate growing up in the public eye with grace and has become an icon of body positivity and self-acceptance.
She’s been in the spotlight since she was 10, and has had to clap back for years at Internet trolls who have been criticizing her fuller figure. But when she began losing weight late last year, critics were there again to comment about it.
Ariel got candid with her fans on Tuesday night (April 9), in an Instagram Q&A where she answered some of their burning questions. When a fan asked her how she was doing on the mental health front, the Modern Family star shared an Instagram Story with an update and an inspiring message.
“Mental health is INCREDIBLY important to me. Same amount of importance as physical health, Our mental health can influence our physical health!!! I’ve been in therapy every week for 6 years and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve grown so much as a person and been able to learn how to deal with things from my past that affect my present. It’s a journey so I’m not all the way there, but I’m doing pretty good 🙂 I’m on a good combination of medications now that are finally working. It took me forever to find the right ones!!! Like I said, it’s a journey and I’m lucky to have people and furbabies around me to show support. There’s nothing shameful about seeing a therapist or being on medication. It’s hard to hear that when you’re going through a tough time because how do we talk to anyone and find support then if the closest ones to us won’t listen? I’m hoping the discussions will keep progressing in the right direction with mental health check ups. We don’t need to hide our struggles even though I know how hard it is to share. We are doing something to better our own lives. Always take care of yourself and don’t listen to anyone telling you it doesn’t exist or it’s something to keep to yourself.”
She later revealed that the “good combination of medications” she was on also helped in another aspect – her metabolism.
When another fan asked her about her weight loss, the 21-year-old actress opened up about her past struggles with her weight, and what finally helped her in her journey to fitness.
“For years I had been on anti depressants that caused me to gain weight I couldn’t lose no matter what I did. It was always frustrating for me because I wanted to be able to get fit and feel like the work I was doing was paying off, but it never felt that way. I had accepted it and moved on. I stayed on those medications for so long because the process is really long and difficult. I wasn’t ready to go through it again so I just accepted feeling eh instead of trying to find something to actually feel better. Last year I decided I was sick of feeling wh (had nothing to do with weight), so I started the process again and was able to find a great combination of medication that works for me. The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before by just giving me back a metabolism. That was very unexpected. While I feel better mentally with the change, and it’s nice to work out and have your body actually respond, but I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier. Also want my butt back…”
Fans have also praised her for being so open about her journey to wellness and how she has helped them with their own journeys.
Keep on inspiring, Ariel!