If the global pandemic has left you feeling down, you’re not alone.
Selena Gomez sat down with Dr. Vivek Murthy, and opened up about struggling with depression at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
Selena Gomez Talks to Dr. Murthy for World Mental Health Day
The chat was with Dr. Murthy, who was the surgeon general under President Barack Obama. The extroverted singer shared it with fans on her Rare Beauty Instagram on October 10th. It was part of her Rare Beauty’s Mental Health Social Summit for World Mental Health Day.
In it, she candidly shared how she had a difficult time amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing shutdowns.
She attributes having a “bit harder” of a time because she’s a “big-time extrovert.”
“In the beginning, I couldn’t deal with it that well. I kind of went into a bit of a depression,” Selena admitted to Dr. Murthy. “And then I started going into a place where I was really writing and being active. I guess it just forced me to have that time.”
Like the rest of us, the health concerns that forced closures and cancelled, well, everything, left Selena feeling lost without her regular day-to-day life.
She even admitted to posting on Instagram where she was crying, explaining to her fans that she missed them.
“My job is a lot of travel, connecting with people, making people happy,” continued the 28-year-old singer. “And that makes me happy, so it has been a struggle.”
She did acknowledge that while the pandemic put her career on hold, it has allowed her to spend more time with people that are important to her, like her family. It’s left her feeling like she’s “become normalized in this situation that’s not normal.”
Shifting Focus and Finding Other Ways to Succeed
Luckily, Selena has found things to make her feel better during the global health crisis. Mostly, it looks like she’s shifted her focus. She’s finding the excitement in other aspects of her career.
“Slowly, toward the end, I’ve found the things that I’m doing are coming out, and that was something extremely exciting for me. I’ve worked on personal things like a beauty line that has a goal of reaching $100 million in 10 years for mental health,” the singer shared. “And recently, I’ve been able to go to the studio. So I would say right now, I’m fully coming out again and I just think I had to handle it the way I needed to handle it, and got through it with the right people and doing the right things and doing the right steps to not make me go crazy.”
See the whole chat with Dr. Murthy below:
If the pandemic has left you feeling somewhat similar, Selena dropped a good bit of advice back in May. The singer, who was quarantining with her grandparents and friends in Los Angeles, said that she thought it was important to be aware of what’s happening — yet it’s also important to give yourself breaks.
“I think it’s important to stay informed and be aware of the latest news, but also take breaks from it because it can be overwhelming,” she suggested.