A Talk with Influencer Ysabelle Wallace on Mental Health and When to Share

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At just 19 years old, Ysabelle is already becoming the relatable content creator we needed. Whether she is showing off her new apartment, or giving us a hilarious life update, her nearly 1 Million followers are to eager to watch and listen.

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The Teen Magazine talked with Ysablle on her mental journey and her thoughts on social media- have a seat and tune in to our chat below:

Mental Health

Ysabelle has been very open about her past dark moments in both her home life and her social life.

"My home life wasn't great. My parents were going through a divorce, and so I was in and out of court dealing with child custody. I moved schools super late in the year, so it didn't really give me time to develop friends. I went to school to pretend like a normal girl, then I went home and I was lonely. It was definitely a dark period."

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Though, after going through it, the influencer recognizes the positives of taking the necessary time for herself to benefit her mental health.

"In a way, it was really sad and it was really hard. But I don't feel like I would be the person that I am right now is if I wasn't so alone, because I would still probably be the girl that was begging people to be her friend, not having self-respect or self-love."

-Ysabelle Wallace

This self-discovery also helped towards her first start on social media.

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"Through social media, I started finding people who went through the same thing that I did. So it was kind of like you have each other's back without even realizing it. Like this person went through that and they're okay, and they don't even know who I am."

"So I know that if other people are going through this, I'm going to be okay too," reflects Ysabelle. "And it was kind of like they were helping me and I was helping them without even realizing it," she adds, "What a dark period."

When To Share

One of the hardest parts of having a social media following for the teen influencer is the urge to share everything about her life. This became a little more challenging after a recent battle with sickness.

"It was really hard for me to balance social media because I am sick, but I don't want to tell him that I'm sick, right? It's hard to separate, like what do I want to share online and what do I want to keep just for me , because I want to share everything. But if I did share everything people's opinions would ruin it."

Burned Out

While social media has been a great outlet for the content-creator to express herself, Ysablle is not scared to share the ups and downs that comes with the pressure of posting.

"It literally is a job. I took a step back recently to kind of just focus on everything instead of being like, okay, you have to pursue that because it takes away the necessary time you need for yourself."

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"So even posting just by myself, it's like, I'm not really posting for myself. I'm posting for other people. I'm not really pleasing myself or like helping myself. So I took time to focus on my apartment and kind of figure out how much I wanted to share and reevaluated everything. So, yeah, it's important to take those mental breaks or else you get burned out."

Advice

Coming from her background, it should be clear that whatever you are going through, whether in school or at home, it will work itself out. She compares it to the exhilaration of a theme park ride:

It's kind of literally like a rollercoaster and literally with straight physics.

Whatever goes down, it's going to come up. So you just have to hold on and be like, it's going to get better, it's going to get better.

-Ysabelle Wallace

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"If you tell yourself that it's not going to get better, it's not going to get better. It's literally manifestation and mindset is so important, right? If you tell yourself you're going to do something, you're literally not going to stop until you do it. But if you're like, "Oh, sorry, I'm sad"- I know that it's so hard when you're so sad to do things- but you're not going to change if you're comfortable."

10 Quick Q's with Isabella

1. What's your favorite movie?

Any kind of older movie that my dad has seen because I don't really care about movies, so I like to watch them a family member who actually cares about them.

2. Think fast: You're in a haunted house. What are three things that will make you absolutely pee your pants?

Oh, I hate what people touch me. Dolls and the makeup people who wear the horror makeup that scares me.

3. What was your favorite movie growing up?

Step Up. I like any dance movie.

4. Barbie or Bratz?

Barbie. I don't even think I had Bratz. I literally only played with Barbies.

5. What music are you listening to right now?

EDM. Any Soundcloud remix.

6. What's your favorite TV show?

Shameless is what i'm watching right now, but I've literally watched everything on Netflix. My all-time favorite TV show is The 100.

7. What is your favorite social media app?

I'm going to say Tik Tok, but I'm in between Tik Tok and Instagram.

8. If a genie granted you one wish, what would you wish for?

My brother has spinal bifida, so I would wish that we would be able to walk normally.

9. What's your favorite thing from Trader Joe's?

Croutons.

10. Favorite hairstyle you've ever had?

Two little clips in my hair or pigtails.

Cover photo @alohatylor.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Je'Kayla Crawford
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Je'Kayla Crawford is a 16 year old journalist born and raised in the US. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and baking. You can find her reading a Y/A novel at the library, baking a 3-layer cake, or reading the Harry Potter series for the third time. Enjoy my writing, and thank you!