Jimmy Eat World says ‘fun’ is the key to prioritizing their mental health on the road

'It’s supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be enjoyable'
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Life on the road can get stressful, but Arizona rockers, Jimmy Eat World are sure to prioritize mental health on tour by focusing on fun.

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“I think everything we do on the road is about prioritizing mental health because it’s supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be enjoyable,” said frontman Jimmy Adkins.

“Our mindset and the choices we make about over-extending ourselves or the opportunities that are in front of us, we try to keep all of that pretty manageable.”

While fun is the focus when making decisions for the band as a whole, Adkins shares that each member is encouraged and supported to have their own boundaries within the group to make sure their own mental health is tended to.

“This is the most surface level type of thing, it goes much [deeper],” Adkins said of keeping things fun. “Everyone on a personal level has their own boundaries they set for themselves with their space, but as a group, we try to make decision based on protecting why we got into this [music] in the first place. Keeping that in mind, and that it’s supposed to be fun.”

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