There are many reasons why the CW series Riverdale may be one of your favorite shows around – the drama, the romance, and the suspense certainly have us tuning in week to week, but we also love how the series brings mental health issues and awareness into the spotlight.
Offscreen, too, many of the show's actors have opened up about their own personal struggles with issues like depression and anxiety, sharing their stories with fans in hopes of breaking down the stigma surrounding such important topics. At the recent CW Upfront in New York City, Elle even asked several members of the cast how they engage in self-care and keep themselves grounded as the show skyrockets them to new levels of fame they never even imagined.
What is self-care anyway? It's taking the time to see what your individual needs are and make every effort to fulfill those needs for your own well-being. We were inspired to round up the important ways the Riverdale cast specifically keeps their health in check – and their stories may even inspire your quest to find safe and calming activities in your own life.
Click through the gallery to see how the cast of Riverdale practices self-care and makes it a priority to look after their own health.
The actress has been very open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, even sharing that being on Riverdale has helped her cope in new ways.
"When I first had to think about what I wanted to represent as a person in the spotlight, I said I want to be a mental health advocate because it’s something that I've dealt with my whole life. To me, it was kind of a no-brainer—why would I not talk about it? No one talked about depression or anxiety in school," she told SELF magazine. "I was in this dark place where it seemed like everyone around me wasn't, and they didn’t understand what was going on with me."
So how does she take care of herself now?
"I've found myself writing a lot more," the actress told Elle. "I journal a lot for nobody but myself. Just to get my thoughts out and to clear my mind. That's very therapeutic to me. I like to escape to the beach and kind of ground myself whenever I can. I think there's something about going on a hike and looking at a city view or looking at the ocean that brings you back to earth and kind of reminds you that your problems are quite small in retrospect."