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Justin Bieber Discusses Mental Health and His Famous Crying Paparazzi Photo

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By Joe Allen

Justin Bieber is discussing one the ways he manages his mental health. In an interview for his docuseries “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” the singer said that filming the music video for “Yummy” turned out to be an overwhelming experience, Fox News reported.

"It was just a lot, a lot of people, a lot of dynamic, a lot of stuff," Bieber said of shooting the video for his latest single. Bieber also explained that it can be hard for him to perform well when there’s too much going on.

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"I was in my head a lot and it's hard for me to really enjoy it like that, but I know that some days are just gonna be like that,” Bieber continued. “In any workspace, there's gonna be those off days where you just kind of feel like, 'I got a good crew, I should be good but today, I just feel off.' I think that day I was just a little off." Fortunately, Bieber’s health coach was on the set at the time.

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Dr. Buzz Mingin has encouraged Bieber to practice a technique called “havening.”

"Havening is a psychosensory technique that actually raises the feel-good chemicals in your brain on demand," Mingin explains in the docuseries as we see Bieber rub his temples.

Mingin also said that the key to keeping Bieber feeling healthy was to create a safe, predictable, and structured environment around him. Bieber’s wife Hailey also chimed in on the technique, and seemed to endorse her husband’s decision to practice it.

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"It's basically like a self-soothing thing. Everybody has their own version of havening without knowing it," Hailey explained. "It's like when you're a little kid and you suck your thumb to soothe yourself. When you're starting to feel really stressed out or just to keep yourself calm, it's almost like when you're a kid and your mom rubs your back to sleep and it's the best feeling in the world. It's kind of like that, except you're doing it for yourself."

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Bieber also discussed a well-known 2018 photo captured by the paparazzi in which Bieber seems to be crying while talking to Hailey.

"I remember just struggling," Bieber said as he held up the photo. "I remember feeling, like, emotionally just overwhelmed and talking to her, not knowing how to communicate certain things and just feeling kind of frustrated. There has been a lot of things that have happened in my life and this was a point in my life where I was just like, so overwhelmed... being a normal person and crying."

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