Married Country stars Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd are used to being in the spotlight, and with that comes a lot of outside opinions and attention that can take a toll on their mental health.
In honor of Audacy’s 2021 I’m Listening Broadcast last week, Maren and Ryan joined Audacy’s Rob + Holly for a candid conversation surrounding mental health and some of the best practices they have in place to take care of themselves. They also discussed ways they speak out to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
In case you missed our broadcast, check out all the artists and athletes who shared their amazing mental health stories on our full podcast of the 2021 I’m Listening special below.
“We both have therapists that we talk to regularly and I think that’s a pretty important thing for people these days,” said Ryan of one of the tools they use to maintain a positive mental space. “I think that’s become something that there’s not a stigma attached to that as much as there used to be and we’ve both found it incredibly helpful just to sort through some stuff.”
Maren added, “I just started journaling for the first time. I’m not like, an avid journalist… but journaling has been helpful because… you sort of do this consistent check-in with yourself and so by the time you maybe do sit down with your doctor or your therapist you have kind of a good memory of like ‘Hey, it was small, but the other say this thing bothered me.’”
Maren also noted that she is taking more time to engage in some new hobbies she adopted over quarantine that have helped her see the positive and keep her spirits up.
“Even beyond therapy… I think Covid has allowed, if anything, the time to explore new hobbies,” Maren said. “Some people like cooking, some are gardening — I’ve done a little bit of both, I guess, and started playing a little bit of tennis for the first time in my adult life. Just kind of challenging yourself and finding new things that bring you joy that maybe you wouldn’t have tried before.”
Maren admits her new hobbies have helped her focus on the good as she starts to get back into the spotlight, post-pandemic, which can bring the bullies who she remains unafraid to stand up to.
“People can cowardly hide behind their phone screens,” said Maren. “You’re always going to face some sort of adversity or someone who is trying to puncture your balloon of happiness and I deal with it every day, I have to make a conscious effort to not let it get under my skin.”
She continued, “I’ve stood up to bullies in person and online and I fight for women’s rights, people of color, the underdogs and I think that my heart is always coming from a good place, and that’s how I can sleep at night, is knowing that I’m always trying to be a better person.”
Listen to Maren and Ryan’s full interview surrounding mental heal above, and be sure to check out all the artists and athletes who shared their amazing mental health stories on our full podcast of the 2021 I’m Listening special here.
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.