Aly Raisman Opens Up About Ongoing Mental Health Journey

The Olympic gymnast has been admirably outspoken about her experience in recent years.
Aly Raisman poses in a black leather top and silver chain earrings and smiles softly for the camera.

Aly Raisman.

While there is much to be admired about Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (including, of course, her multiple gold medals and her impressive skills in the gym), one of our favorite parts about the 29-year-old is her unfailing commitment to mental health advocacy.

In recent years, she has positioned herself as a proponent of opening up the conversation surrounding mental health, starting with sharing her own experiences. With that in mind, she joined Chrissy Rutherford’s podcast I’m Fine, You?, and took the opportunity to share a little bit more about her personal and ongoing journey with it.

“I think one of the biggest realizations I’ve had is kind of let go of this idea that maybe one day I’ll feel really happy all the time, or one day everything’s going to be fine,” she said of her experience. “That has really helped me, realizing that there are going to be days where I wake up and I’m just going to feel blah, or I’m going to feel anxious and I might not know why.”

For Raisman, “mental health is an up [and] down journey,” she said in the caption of the Instagram post where she shared the clip.

It helps “taking it day by day and being able to tell myself ‘O.K., this is just going to be a tough day,’” she said in the episode. “One tough day or one tough morning doesn’t mean I’m going to feel like this forever.”

Her recent revelations are important reminders for us all to keep in mind. If you’re interested in hearing more about her experience, you can tune in to the conversation on any podcast platform.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.