Anxiety is from Julia Michaels EP Inner Monologue Part I and features Selena Gomez. This is not the first time both of these artists have opened up about their struggles with anxiety and mental illness. Anxiety is a common feeling, it’s healthy to feel some anxiety, and it has helped us survive. In this day and age, many people struggle with too much anxiety which affects their daily lives and functioning. Julia Michaels and Selena Gomez are both very open about their own struggles with mental illness, specifically their journey with anxiety. This openness allows and inspires people around the world who also struggle with anxiety. It comforts them and reminds them that they are not alone. They both explain how their anxiety has affected them individually through their lyrics.
Anxiety arises from worry about what could happen in the future, the thoughts that run through your mind can be repetitive and often times make you feel sick. It is a journey to work on not letting these thoughts control you and your experience. It is very hard and at times feels overwhelming. It is important to be self-aware, and to catch those thoughts that make you feel anxious or sad. If only it was just as simple as taking a pill everyday to make your thoughts disappear. There are medications that many people with anxiety do take, I myself included. I came to find that these medications will never stop the thoughts, it might help with the feeling but that can become dangerous because then many people can’t live their everyday lives without taking medication and it can feel imprisoning. When you keep thinking about that anxiety and reminding yourself about it, it only makes your condition worse because it reinforces the way your brain is processing this information. It is very hard to break the cycle of anxious thinking, especially when you have been thinking a certain way for most of your life. It takes practice and patience to not let the thoughts take over your life. Something that has significantly helped me is acknowledging the thought and not feeding into it. It is a journey that will need lots of self-awareness and self-love.
There are so many people out there struggling with anxiety and other mental illnesses. I hope that people who listen to this track feel comforted in that they are not alone and celebrities also struggle with these issues.
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About The Curator - Caylyn Downey
My name is Caylyn, I play piano, guitar, I love to sing and I care about helping people through hard times and embracing good times. Music can be such an inspirational tool because it connects you with others and it spreads awareness. As a curator, I find songs that have had a positive influence on me and I write about them. I hope this playlist can help you live in the moment, never give up, and teach you to love yourself. I want others to know that they are not alone on their journey, without the bad there can’t be no good. It takes patience and practice to live in the moment. You will get through whatever it is you are going through. If you are having a rough day take a listen and maybe your fears will float away.