Billboard Music Awards 2021: SZA Opens Up About Anxiety From Being in Public

Though we’re beginning to (slowly, safely) reenter society as vaccinations grow to be extra broadly out there, that does not imply that everybody is precisely able to get again to “normal,” or at the very least, a post-pandemic approximation of it. For many individuals with anxiousness, maybe this stress over socializing is nothing new, even when it could be magnified proper now; whereas there are many aspects of life that we’re all desirous to return to, after a 12 months of collective trauma, it is sensible for those who’re not fairly able to throw all of your masks away (please, do not throw your masks away). 

And whereas being a celeb might make some issues in life simpler, it would not preclude an individual from coping with psychological well being points, or, say, having a tough time attending an enormous occasion in the course of the tail-end of a pandemic — together with SZA, who posted about her anxiousness forward of attending the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

The singer, who has been open about her anxiousness on social media earlier than, posted a photograph set on Instagram with the caption, “I hate being outside more than I can explain . I really have debilitating anxiety and I’m only posting these cause Y’all woulda found em anyway . Thank you to my team n my mama . Least I’m alive🙂.” 

Feeling the duty to attend a social occasion — and publish about it on social media — is one thing many people can relate to, however when the occasion is broadcasted on cable TV with photographs made out there on Getty, nicely, it stops being one thing I can personally wrap my head round. The strain should be huge. 

Taking management again by selecting which photographs to publish by yourself accounts and being clear about your frame of mind — which is precisely what SZA did — is admirable, and an excellent step towards normalizing speaking about psychological well being points. 

Aside from speaking about her personal anxiousness on social media in the previous, SZA additionally launched a hotline earlier in the pandemic for followers to “cry, laugh, or talk” that was lively two days per week, which additionally provided meditations and different psychological health-related sources. 

Perhaps particularly now, as all of us start to grapple with the occasions of the final 12 months and assess how we have actually been affected, speaking about psychological well being with one another is necessary, and SZA being clear together with her followers about how she’s doing feels necessary. 

Scrolling via social media can typically really feel masochistic, an countless pit of sunny photographs with captions to match, and this second of honesty reminds these of us with anxiousness that we’re not alone. 

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