During her Audacy Check In, Adele spoke candidly about where her mental health is at currently, and how she utilized her first album in six years, 30, to process a spectrum of emotions that came after her divorce.
In order to balance stress and set aside time for her mental health, Adele has leaned on her workout routine. She noted that working out has “definitely changed my life because stress used to rule my life. I work out to really hone all my energy…to make sure it’s not coming out sideways in any way.”
Adele added, “If I’m ever in a situation where I don’t want to do something, then I just won’t do it anymore. Because the repercussions of that will be my anxiety, a panic attack, or something like that.”
The “I Drink Wine” singer shared advice she follows, noting, “the minute something comes up that makes you feel uncomfortable you have to like nip it in the bud, and talk about it there and then. Otherwise, it just builds up and builds up.”
Discussing some of the new tracks on her record Adele spoke about how each song represents the journey she’s been on, both mentally and physically.
She noted that “I Drink Wine” started as a joke but found a place on the album because it represents a shift in her energy. “The reason why I feel like it’s an integral part of the record is because it’s the beginning of me starting to really dig deep in myself and ask myself real questions and be able to focus my energy a little bit more,” shared the songstress.
Anxiety and panic, she says was making it hard to focus on her goals. “That song is basically like 50 questions I’m asking myself,” she adds. “It felt like it was the beginning of me coming out.”
Listen to Adele’s full Audacy Check In above.
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 1-800-273-8255.