Lovato — who's been very candid about her troubles — opens up about them once again in the interview, where she answers questions from the magazine's readers, including one about what exactly was going through her mind when she was cutting herself. "There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin, that if I didn't do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode," she says. "I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn't care what happened. I had no fear."
Fortunately, the former "Sonny With a Chance" star insists she's in a much stronger, healthier place now. And her exercise regimen is pretty impressive! "I work out five or six days a week for my peace of mind, not to lose weight," she says. "I switch it up. I'll run a few miles or bike [roughly 4.5 miles] from Santa Monica to Marina del Ray. I also love boxing or, when I'm sore, yoga." Staying mentally focused is also a priority. "Sometimes I'll do full-out meditations, where I chant with my instructor. It helps me connect to how I'm feeling."
Read Lovato's full interview in the August issue of Self, on newsstands July 24.
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