New mom Meghan Trainor on finding a positive mental health space

'Ask for time off; You have to learn how to say 'no'
By , Audacy

Now a new mom, singer Meghan Trainor has an added level of anxiety surrounding the well-being of her little one on top of the normal day-to-day worries, and life as a celebrity.

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"I prioritize my mental health since becoming a mom by exercising and trying my best to eat well," Meghan tells Audacy host Bru, "because when my body's happy, my brain's happy, I've noticed that. My husband does transcendental meditation; I join him sometimes. I try to just take care of myself. I try to get massages whenever I can, and I ask for time off; You have to learn how to say 'no.' I haven't figured it out yet, but I'm working on it."

"Regardless of the music industry," Meghan adds, "as an adult... I've learned that it's very common what I felt like when I was having my panic attacks -- that I was the only one and that I needed to be in a psych ward and I was going crazy -- when I heard other people talk about it, I was like, 'oh, that's exactly what I'm feeling.' So, I've made it my mission to talk about all my experiences in case it helps others out there explain to their family, 'here's what I'm going through.' I think the more you talk about it, the more comfortable you'll be and the more you'll feel 'normal.'"

Meghan says she's also learned, "asking for help is the best thing you can do," and urges listeners "to not be afraid to ask for help. I know it's spooky and scary, but I'm a big 'HELP!' person; I'm a big asking for help person, and it saved me," she admits. "It took me a couple months to figure it out, but I got help and I've never had a panic attack since. I've had anxiety, but not an attack in a long time."

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.

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