Demi Lovato has taken on the role of guest editor for a teen magazine to dole out advice to her young fans.
The “Skyscraper” singer took control of Seventeen‘s August 2014 issue, and used her time in charge to open up about her own personal problems and hand out tips to those struggling with similar issues.
In the magazine, Lovato urges fans to be more careful when using social media websites like Facebook or Twitter, saying:
“I’m impulsive when it comes to fighting back, but I’ve learned to reel it in. Tweeting without thinking does more harm than good. So take a second. Journal what you want to say, and then if you still feel the same later, that’s when you can tweet it.”
She encourages youngsters to reevaluate their friendships and make changes where necessary, saying:
“When you’re growing and the people around you aren’t, that’s when you have to start shedding them. I’ve done that a lot over the past few years, but it has been so worth it, because the people in my life today inspire me to keep being creative, to have fun, and to be a good person.”
While Lovato also recommends setting up a “swear jar” system to deal with negative feelings, explaining:
“You know how people have swear jars, where if you swear you have to put a dollar in the jar? You could do that with feeling insecure – every time a friend says something bad about (himself/herself), they have to put a dollar in a jar. (And then) you can donate it to charity.”
Check out the fun photoshoot she did with the publication below:
Demi Lovato for Seventeen Magazine Gallery
Lovato has endured a well-documented battle with mental illness, spending time in rehab for bulimia, depression and bipolar disorder in 2010, but has since used her public struggles as a sounding board for all young girls with self-confidence and body issues.
Photo Credit: Seventeen Magazine/Ben Watts