Mental Health: 5 Tips To Learn Self-Acceptance From Designer Marc Jacobs

Famed American designer Marc Jacobs has openly discussed his mental health issues multiple times over the years. During his recent perfume release, he revealed how he learned to love himself and embrace his flaws.

The 57-year-old head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, recently launched a new perfume called “Perfect.” Far from just another fragrance on the market, the playful new perfume champions self love and reflects a quote that made a huge impact on Marc Jacob’s mental health.

It aims to embody the idea that “I am perfect as I am.” The perfume is directly linked to the designer’s past struggles with self-acceptance. As a result, part of the launch saw the designer open up about how he deals with these issues.

1. Mental Health Is Important

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Quote by Carole Bradford. #selfcare #healthcare

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The designer admits that he did not think about mental health when he was younger. Now, he has realized that in order to accept your flaws, you need to feel mentally secure.

“I first realized I needed to take care of my mental health when my father died and I went to see a psychiatrist for the first time. In the last 16 or 20 years, I’ve come to know how important [my mental well-being] is,”

explained Marc Jacobs to Marie Claire.

2. “I am perfect as I am”

Over the years, Marc Jacobs has embraced the saying “I am perfect as I am” as his personal mantra. He even has the word “perfect” tattooed onto his wrist to act as a constant reminder of the saying.

“I put it there to remind me that when I’m looking at myself and wishing that I could be stronger in this way or better at that thing, I can just say ‘no, I’m exactly how I need to be right now.’ So, perfect,”

explained Marc Jacobs.

3. Coping Mechanisms

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I am very proud to share this film from the campaign for our new fragrance, PERFECT MARC JACOBS. I have the word PERFECT tattooed on my wrist as a constant reminder that I am perfect as I am. That is where the story begins… In creating this bottle and giving it its eclectic spirit, we began by taking the idea of a classic perfume bottle shape and transforming it into something new, something else. We instinctively selected playful and random charms then chopped and sculpted them into this unique bottle cap. What began as an open casting call through Instagram that also includes relationships both new and old, we continue to encourage a story of self-love, self-expression, individuality and joy. #PerfectAsIam #MJPerfect Film by Juergen Teller Creative Direction & Styling by @KEGrand Casting by @Bitton at @EstablishmentNY Hair by @GaryGillHair Makeup by @Diane.Kendal Nails by @NailsByMei Starring @AaronWhitty, @AkonChangkou, @AlienOfArtists, @AskMocha, @BrvceAnderson, @DarkSkin_Tosin, @Dasha_Shevik, @DelilahKoch, @DianeChiuu, @IAmModelEJ, @IsoldHalldorudottir, @JaneKovich, @JaneyLyu, @LexPFromTheVill, @LilaMoss, @Maddie.Whitley, @Margo.Whitley, @Mioko_Thanzuiyue, @MsAlekWek, @NailsByMei, @NathaliTurner, @NatRenelle, @PaleFaceArielle, @Parie_Antoinette, @PixieChola, @PreciousLeeXoXo, @PrettyBoyRyu, @Shiyi.Wang, @SknnieMinnie, @StellaJones, @TaiilorMade, @TiaraRKelly, @VaughanElizabeth, @andrea.carrazco and @Yananay1 Filmed on October 5-7, 2019 in New York City.

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In his interview with Marie Claire, Marc revealed it is important to work out what is good and bad coping mechanisms. He admitted that he had to abandon using drugs and alcohol to deal with his daily stressors and work out better ways to cope.

“I combat stress by getting dressed and feeling good about myself and honoring the things that I love, my indulgences, and my whims. If I’m stressed before bed, I take melatonin and trazodone; if I’m stressed when I wake up, I stay in bed,”

revealed the designer.

4. Accept Rejection

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Self(ie) portrait. Uptown, August. #gratefulnothateful

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When Jacobs was a child he witnessed firsthand the path of destruction his mother’s mental illness led her down. So when he realized he had inherited her mental illness, he decided to get help and went to rehab. While in rehab, he learned mindfulness and how to handle rejection in a healthier way.

“On a good day, I deal with rejection by accepting it; on a bad day, I deal with rejection by reflecting on it,”

explains Marc Jacobs.

5. Positive Social Media

Lastly, Marc Jacobs encourages those trying to learn to love themselves to use the power of social media. Focus on positives and challenge yourself to be creative and express yourself online.

“Social media has a creative impact on my sense of well-being. I have this urge to express myself, and I kind of feel well by letting it out,”

reasons Marc Jacobs.

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