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Sometimes people have to put themselves forward before they can help others.
In a new interview with Emma Heming, wife of actor Bruce Willis, the model opened up to The bump about her difficulties taking care of her family without taking care of her own care.
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“I put my family’s needs above my own, which I don’t think makes me any kind of hero,” she said. “That amount of caring for everyone else in my family had impacted my mental health and my overall health, and it didn’t help anyone in my family.”
Willis’ family recently announced the actors’ retirement after he was diagnosed with aphasia, which affects the ability to read, write and understand speech.
Heming, who shares Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, with Willis, said she recently received some great advice that caused her to rethink her approach to caregiving.
“Someone told me not too long ago that when you care too much about someone, you end up not caring about yourself,” she said. “It stopped me in my tracks and really resonated with me.”
She continued, “It’s important to find that one thing that makes you feel good and build from there.”
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The 43-year-old admitted that it was not always easy to get to this place, but she had mainly focused on exercising at the time for herself.
“I don’t parent perfectly, but I know I have basic basic needs that are essential, like above all else, exercise,” Heming said. “It’s a time where I can disconnect and do something that I know makes me feel good overall.”
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