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Balancing Bright Lights, Bikinis, and Mental Health

Hello, Strattonites!

Today, I'm straying from my usual fun and flirty posts to discuss something a bit more serious, but incredibly important — mental health. Life on the road even if it is the glamorous cities in the Valley north of LA, I've experienced first-hand how crucial it is to maintain balance in life.

There's something intoxicatingly beautiful about the life I've chosen — mainly the glamor, and constant attention. Yet, it's not all about lace lingerie and perfect smiles. My work is a mental and physical challenge that goes far beyond what's portrayed on screen. Waking up early, dolling up, and maintaining the high-energy persona for my fans day in, day out — it can be draining.

At home, in the heart of Chicago, I'm surrounded by the temptations of creature comforts. I mean, who wouldn't want to bask in the warm embrace of a cozy bed, savor morning coffee, or dive into a myriad of breakfast options? It's easy to fall into the trap of comfort, especially when I'm supposed to be creating content for my OnlyFans page. It's a perpetual balancing act between indulging in my well-earned downtime and dedicating myself to creating magic for my fans.

I've always believed that food is a form of self-love. Who can resist the crunch of chips, the creaminess of ice cream, or the heavenly taste of homemade pasta? As much as these delicacies can wreak havoc on the look of my tummy, denying myself these pleasures can be equally destructive to my mental health. Happiness is key, and for me, happiness often comes in the form of culinary delights.

Over the years, I've learned a few tricks to stay in a good mental space amidst this whirlwind life. These may sound simple, but they're not and they are monumental in helping me maintain my mental health:

1. Eating healthy

Rather than denying myself, I choose to eat often, in small portions, and focus on healthier options. I believe in nourishing the body and mind with good, quality food.

2. Meditation

As someone constantly in the public eye, meditation has been a lifesaver. It gives me the space to breathe, to ground myself amidst the chaos. Research has shown that meditation can reduce anxiety, stress, and even symptoms of depression, which is a common struggle for many in the spotlight.

3. Sleep and naps

I am a firm believer in the power of a good nap. Being up by 6am might seem ambitious, but it's crucial for my schedule. That's why, if I miss my 8-hour sleep quota, you can bet there will be a nap involved. A well-rested body equals a well-rested mind.

Like other performers, models, and content creators, I've wrestled with my share of mental health struggles. Being in the spotlight brings along a unique set of mental health challenges, ranging from the pressure of maintaining physical appearance to the constant scrutiny from the public eye. Yet, I've found that taking care of my mental health helps me maintain self-confidence, body positivity, and keep my home-life balanced.

As I continue on my journey, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, especially in the adult industry. It's vital for everyone, no matter their profession, to find the right balance and take care of their mental well-being. We are all a work in progress, and that's perfectly okay.

To quote Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." So, let's embrace our imperfections and shine our light to the world. Remember, it's okay not to be okay, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Stay safe and be kind to yourself, my darlings!


Melissa Stratton

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