For years, Ariana Grande has been very open about her battle with mental health. But with the well-known unfortunate events that happened to her, one of them being the death of her ex-boyfriend, PTSD, anxiety, and depression became a big part of her life. In 2018, she won the Woman of the Year award in music, and her acceptance speech showed us that life sometimes won’t be perfect in every area. And that’s okay.
“I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career, and the worst of my life. I’m not saying that for sympathy. I’m just saying that because I think a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now and think she’s really got her stuff together.”
She’s really on it. She’s got it all. I do. But as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the hell am I doing? So yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one. Ariana Grande is battling anxiety for years. And like most of us, when you suffer from it for a longer period of time, you become so used to that feeling that you’re not even sure what the normal state of mind should be anymore.
I never opened up about it, because I thought that was how life was supposed to feel. You have ups and downs. And sometimes you’ll go like weeks at a time where you’ll be like, crushing it, and there’ll be no anxiety, like, you’re fine. And something will happen that can trigger it.
And then you’ll have like, a couple of down days. And the most important thing is to remember that you’re the least alone, everybody has this and talk to your loved ones. Reach out to people, especially your friends online, like reach out to each other.
There are so many people who feel that way. So it’s really comforting to be not afraid and reach out and talk about it. Many people who battled depression and anxiety feel an enormous amount of guilt for it, it feels so silly because I feel like the luckiest most blessed girl in the world.
So I almost feel guilty that I have it, it’s in your head. And that’s just crazy how powerful it is. No matter how good things are, they can totally change everything. So it takes hard work, and practice and therapy and self-care, and so much love.
You need to know that depression and anxiety are not something that you should feel ashamed or guilty of having it and you should never blame yourself. So many people feel that way. Please try to put the guilt behind you and concentrate on getting better, because you are the most important person and having a positive life is more important than feeling guilty.
And remember, it’s not your fault, you’re not going to be good to anyone else in your life. If you don’t take care of yourself first, self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary, you should speak up and talk about it. In some time even try therapy, there is nothing to be ashamed of your mental health is more important than anything. In all honesty, therapy has saved my life. So many times.
If you’re afraid to ask for help, don’t be you don’t have to be inconsistent pain, you can process trauma, I’ve got a lot of work to do. But it’s a start to even be aware that it’s possible. And with everything that life has thrown at her, Ariana Grande became the fighter that she is today.
I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that. I’m really looking forward to embracing whatever happens, whatever comes my way. I guess there’s not much I’m afraid of anymore. When life tries you with such serious stuff.
So many times your priorities change. I just want to be happy and healthy and make music. So if you think your depression is making you weak, you’re wrong. Your depression is making you stronger.
I know that it can make you feel broken inside. And I know this sounds strange to believe in. But battling depression is making you stronger and able to cope with every challenge and hardship that life brings upon you. You are far stronger than you think. Give yourself more credit. You’re doing a great job.