Jewel on Mental Health + Dealing with Covid-19!
Singer Jewel has overcome some major adversity since she left her abusive childhood home at 15 and eventually graduated from Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts. At 18, she became homeless and lived with mental health conditions like debilitating panic attacks and agoraphobia (a fear of places or situations).
Now, Jewel is speaking on “the skill sets I learned” to deal with her mental health “was teachable.” Read on for more on how Jewel deals with Mental Health and Covid-19
CelebNHealth247.com reports that singer-songwriter and Alaskan native Jewel reveals how she got help and developed coping techniques that helped her manage her mental health and get to the place where she is today: a Grammy-nominated musician, mother, author, and actor.
Jewel says that she relies on mindfulness, a practice where you stay grounded in the present moment through simple mental exercises.
Research shows mindfulness can reduce anxiety and help benefit a person’s overall mental health. Jewel also relies on journaling as well as replacing negative self-talk with “antidote” thoughts to shift her mindset. She also has dedicated substantial time and effort to helping others prioritize their mental well-being.
Jewel, 46, recently spoke to the HuffPost on how she transformed her life and the coping methods she still uses for her mental health today.
She explains that it all started when she “started developing skills that were helpful, like watching people who had traits/behaviors I liked, writing them down, studying them, and figuring out if I could adopt them.”
The singer goes on to say when she was homeless a bad day was like “severe anxiety, panic attacks, really negative self-talk, isolation.” She reveals that she “didn’t have friends, community or family. I didn’t trust people. I became agoraphobic.”
After her major success in 1995, with her ”Pieces of You” album, Jewel “promised” herself “being a musician would be my No. 2 job.” She goes on to say that “music isn’t a healthy business, psychologically, yet we all want to be famous.”
Jewel goes on to reveal:
I realized the skill sets I learned were teachable … So, I started a youth foundation about 18 years ago. We help people ? often those who have experienced several suicide attempts, severe anxiety and depression ? and give them the mindfulness skills that helped me. Last year, 99% of our kids earned college scholarships. And on the Inspiring Children website, there are doable tools anyone can practice. The real trip is to see it all turned into a curriculum for public school children!
She explains that her exercise helps. Writing down the lie in your head is one of the exercises on the website. When you’re really anxious, write down that negative self-talk on a piece of paper, then write the truth on the other side. The truth will [help] you once you say it to yourself.
The trick is finding something that’s true. I played around with phrases until I came across, “I won’t quit until I learn,” which is very true about me. Once I said that, my whole body relaxed, so every time I started going into that negative self-talk loop, I would tell myself that and eventually started changing my neural wiring.
With the Coronavirus pandemic and police brutality against the black community, people are dealing with more than they can handle and many people are experiencing high rates of anxiety and depression.
Jewel says with many people are struggling with mental health during the pandemic, “the trick in helping people who might be developing habits that turn into agoraphobia, is to start asking yourself good questions. If you’re using your creativity to imagine the worst things possible, like “What if this happens?” you scare yourself. Channel that creativity and curiosity into a healthier direction by asking, “What do I want out of this experience?”
There are two ways through this experience. One is introspection, death, rebirth and wisdom. To introspect — question what thoughts, beliefs, actions, friendships or relationships you want to let go of. What no longer serves you in your life? That’s the death part. The rebirth is about what new thoughts and concepts you want to adopt. Maybe you always wanted to learn to meditate or switch jobs. Figure out a way to make those items actionable, so that when we leave quarantine, we can keep ourselves accountable and gain wisdom. This can be an incredibly-transformative time. The other path is suppression, fear, disempowerment and doubt. If you can’t let go of things, you hang onto them and fear. When you can’t adopt new ideas, you feel disempowered. And, when you can’t have wisdom, you doubt yourself.
Read the full article at the HuffPost…