Simone Biles became an inspiration for many recently as she withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to focus on her mental health. The American gymnast said that she does not want to put her “health and well-being” in danger at the same time risk a medal for the team. CNN quoted Biles as saying, “Whenever you get in a high-stress situation, you kind of freak out. I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being.” Biles broke down in tears explaining her reason as she further added, “It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head.”
Simone Biles is being praised by her fans and Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and others as she just raised the importance of mental health with her brave decision.
Priyanka Chopra took to her Instagram and heaping praise for Simone she wrote, “Role model, Champion… @simonebiles I had the joy of getting to know @simonebiles a few years ago, and she blew me away then with her vulnerability and self awareness. Simone, yesterday we were reminded why you are truly the GOAT, and why nothing supersedes taking care of ourselves…body AND mind. I cannot fathom the impossible pressure you all perform under, but knowing where you need to draw the line and step away – TO CHOOSE YOURSELF – is most important. Only when we are okay can we perform at our best, and enjoy doing so. Thank you for helping normalise that even under tremendous pressure, it’s ok to be human. Thank you for your courage and strength. You are a role model, and just like the rest of the world I’m so inspired and awed by you. Once again you have shown us what it truly means to be a champion. Sending ❤️(sic)”
Deepika also shared a news piece about Simone and wrote, “I hear you.(sic)”
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Alia Bhat also took to her Instagram stories and sharing a clip from Simone’s press conference, she wrote, “A reminder that your mental health is as important as your physical health. This helps change the narrative regarding mental health all over the world, more power to you.(sic)”
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Varun Dhawan was also one of the B-Town stars to heap praises for Simone as he wrote on his Instagram stories, “What an inspiration! An important reminder to take care of your mental health along with your physical! A message for difficult times like these.(sic)”
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