Kristen Bell: ‘What is Balance, Anyway?’

The actress says she can’t do it all and neither should you.

In 2016, Kristen Bell helped shatter stigmas when she said on camera that she sought professional help for her anxiety and depression. And in a new interview with Redbook, the 37-year-old actress and mother of two spoke about marriage, perfectionism and why she’s finally accepting that she really can’t do it all.

When Redbook writer Jessica Pressler asked Bell how she finds balance in her very full life, the actress offered a refreshing and relatable response.

“Being asked ‘How do you do it?’ implies that a) I am doing it, which I am not—I am doing what everybody else is doing, which is trying their best, and b) What is a balance, anyway? A balance teeter-totters. It moves, something gives and other things take, and other days it might be the opposite,” Bell said.

In addition to addressing her busy schedule, The Good Place star also spoke about the importance of embracing imperfection. Bell told Redbook, “Humans want nothing more than to be accepted, and I’m no different. That doesn’t happen by presenting perfection. I believe in showing your dirty hands and your bumps and bruises and your faults, because that’s what makes people feel connected—and isn’t that kind of the purpose of, you know, being on Earth?”

Read Bell’s full interview in Redbook. 

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