Sara Bareilles has healed many with her vulnerable lyrics and musical talent and she says it all comes full circle.
As someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, and the ability to take a “light-hearted” approach to life, Bareilles always has plenty of songwriting fuel. While it may not get easier to be vulnerable, she says the comfort she feels when fans connect to her music is all worth it and makes her feel a little “less lonely.”
“I’ve learned, at least as a songwriter, I get to be a conduit for that [heavy emotions]," she shared. “I get to be the vessel that kind of holds all of that stuff and try to move it through and if I can offer comfort or connection for someone else, [then] I feel less alone."
She continued, “I really reap the rewards and the benefits of connections that come with when I share how vulnerable and f***ed up I feel all the time.”
While her natural “heavy nature” makes for beautiful, honest connections through her music, Bareilles says she recently reached a point during the pandemic when her anxiety and depression was no longer manageable through songwriting and she turned to anti-depressents, but her decision wasn’t without hesitation.
“I always felt like my sadness was my identity, it’s part of how I see the world, my flare of melancholy is why I’m a writer… And I felt like if I abandoned that sadness, somehow I was abandoning my essential self. But I actually came back, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m here!’”
Hear Sara discuss more details surrounding her mental health struggles, journey with medication and more in the newest episode of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast.
Glennon Doyle’s We Can Do Hard Things podcast features raw discussion with Doyle and her sister, Amanda, about some of life’s biggest struggles. In an effort to come together and help each other through the pair share their own hardships as they help others so each listener can live lighter, braver, and less alone.
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988.