What we can all learn from Bella Hadid’s 16-day social media break

 Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Lacoste as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021
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When Bella Hadid returned from her 16-day social media break - she taught us all a thing or two about self-love.

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The model, 24, admitted she needed to take some time away to "reflect" and "learn" about herself. And although she hinted that the findings were "too much to explain right now" she promised with time she would express herself to her fans.

And it seems to have done Bella, who likened her most recent hairstyle to Chucky from Rugrats cartoon, some good as she shared some unseen snaps taken during her wellness break. 

Bella revealed how she felt in the caption. She explained: 'The memories and fortune I came back with are pure wisdom, a closer relationship with myself and my spirituality, a sense of self-love that I have always lacked, a few great friends, and these books that saw me through.'

In a modern technology-filled world it's so easy to forget the simple things in life like surrounding yourself with the ones you love, getting creative, or reading a book that will help open your mind. But Bella has reminded us all of its importance.

As the time out of the spotlight has enabled Bella to address her feelings. She said: 'I found myself, my strength and my light again. I am only here to be an instrument of peace & love to help people that suffer and hopefully the world, in time...'

Bella also thanked her fellow Victoria Secrets Angels, having credited them for "saving her". 

She wrote, 'Thank you to my angels who have supported and have continued to love me, for me. You saved me. Take time to get help for your mental health. It’s worth it to get to your full potential.'

Among the books that have helped her through was one called The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom From the Patterns by Ma Jaya. The self-help guide reveals how and why most of us become stuck in karma and our habitual patterns of action and reaction.

Other things that have helped Bella find herself are coloring, reading a book called How To Love, as well as taking up much-loved hobbies including horse riding and meditating with crystals.

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.