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    Ryan Reynolds Just Got Really Real About Dealing With Anxiety, And We Need To Learn From Him

    "When you realize that you're not alone, it unburdens you."

    Lately, actor Ryan Reynolds has been speaking candidly about living with anxiety. It's super powerful.

    Actor Ryan Reynolds sits on a couch during an interview on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

    "We don't talk enough about mental health and don't do enough to destigmatize talking about it," he wrote on Instagram last month to mark the end of Mental Health Awareness Month. "But, as with this post, better late than never."

    He also told Entertainment Weekly that his daughters inspired the post.

    Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with daughters James Reynolds and Ines Reynolds attend the ceremony honoring Ryan Reynolds with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California

    "Part of my job as a parent is to model behaviors and model what it's like to be sad and model what it's like to be anxious or angry. That there's space for all these things," he said. "I think it's important to talk about it. And when you talk about it, it kind of sets other people free."

    Actor Ryan Reynolds (C) kisses his unnamed new baby as his wife Blake Lively and daughter James look on during the Deadpool actors Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 15, 2016

    This week, Yahoo asked Reynolds to continue the conversation, and open up about his efforts to destigmatize mental health.

    "In real life, I think it's important to have conversations about our inner worlds and not in a way that feels like you're a galatic black hole of 'me, me, me, me, me,' but I just mean, like, it's important to share each other's experiences," he said.

    "Because when you feel... when you're not alone in something that you're going through, when you realize that you're not alone, it unburdens you in a way that it's almost indescribable."

    Ryan Reynolds, with his hand on his chin, ponders something while visiting "The TODAY Show"

    Then he brought the conversation back to family.

    "I wish my dad, who passed away years ago, but I wish he was a guy that talked about what was going on inside," he continued. "So, having kids now, I want to make sure that a lot of that is destigmatized and I want to make sure that I'm modeling for my own children what it's like to feel anxiety or confused or sad or angry."

    Ryan Reynolds attends the press conference for the world premiere of Netflix's '6 Underground' at Four Seasons Hotel on December 02, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea

    "These are things that weren't necessarily modeled to me. So it's an opportunity, for me — I see it as an opportunity to pass that on in a different way."

    Ryan Reynolds attends New York Comic Con in support of "Free Guy" at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 03, 2019 in New York City

    And what a beautiful sentiment!

    You can watch the full interview here.

    Ryan Reynolds speaks directly to camera in this Yahoo! Entertainment interview screenshot

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.