Lana Reveals Struggles With Mental Health Throughout 2020

The WWE star opens up about a difficult year...

Lana is the subject of the latest edition of WWE Chronicle, ahead of her participation in the women's five on five Survivor Series match on Sunday. In the documentary, she details the difficulties she's faced over what has been a very trying year for her.

Among the many issues faced, Lana has had to deal with both parents, as well as husband Miro, contracting the coronavirus. Another drastic change was her husband being released from WWE in April. And like many, Lana has found it challenging in general to deal with the routine and lifestyle changes brought on by the ongoing pandemic.

“It's been really hard,” Lana said. “Not having 300 days on the road, being at home, then all of a sudden no fans. Then, of course, like being with the person from the very beginning, like traveling with that person, being literally 24/7, being with that person and then that person is not there, it's really hard. I don't even know how sometimes I keep on pushing through.”

Lana has also dealt with harassment online, which she attributes to struggles with her mental health.

“For me, what was really, really hard was, usually going to arenas and people boo you, it's something about the energy, you're like, 'Oh, I'm in control of this,' right? But then when all of a sudden I don't interact with any people whatsoever and I'm just at home and I post something and everyone is just so mean. I couldn't handle it anymore, because that's like my only interaction with human beings is my Instagram account or Twitter, and now everyone in comments are like, 'You should be fired. Why are you not fired? You suck. You're this. You're that.'

"I remember, texting my parents and being like, 'Please pray for me, my mental health is doing really bad, I'm really depressed. I just -- I can't take it anymore. I'm just... I'm so sad. Like, I don't want to do anything.' Like, why even try? Why? It doesn't matter. You work hard. You do this like you can't post because everyone is going to tell you to go jump off a cliff and kill yourself and like you're worth nothing. So it's like, well, why?'"

The Lana episode of Chronicle premiered Saturday on WWE Network.

(Credit to Fightful for transcription)

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