Big Sean is sharing how he’s learned to cope with his anxiety and depression, in hopes that it will help others.
Big Sean has learned to “take a break before (he) needs a break” in order to help manage his mental health.
The 32-year-old musician has opened up on his struggle with his mental health and the steps he has taken to help him cope, admitting the biggest tip he has learned so far is being able to “pace” himself and take regular breaks before he reaches a point where he’s in dire need of some time off.
“You just have to pace yourself and take a break before you need a break. It gets very real. Especially with a person like me. I live inside my head so much,” he told People.
“I go over scenarios and I go over two or three things at the same time, and that creates an overwhelming feeling and a lot of anxiety, which leads to depression, which leads to all these things. I had to learn how to pace myself. Not to say I still don’t go through those things, I definitely do. It’s just, now I know how to deal with them.”
Sean also explained he’s learned how to take care of himself in recent months by putting his own health as a “priority” in his life.
He added, “I’m putting myself as a priority and that really, really speaks volumes. When you do that, you start looking better, and you start feeling better, and being better in everything you do. So, it’s important.”
And the “Wolves” hitmaker knows how to deal with his mental health now because he can identify what’s wrong with him, which makes it easier to manage.
“I know how to get through them easier and I know what it is (I’m dealing with),” said Sean. “As opposed to before, when I was confused on why I was feeling like that, because nobody ever talked to me about it.”
I thought doing what I loved would always make me happy and satisfied, so when I got tired of it, I was confused and it drove me insane. Later i realized I was just growing n had to gain a new mentality and foundation on many levels n re-discover my passion! And try new things..
— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 7, 2020
It’s so important that more Black men with talk about their struggles with mental health because it will help encourage others to do the same. There’s nothing wrong with a mental health break.