Meghan Trainor Opens Up About What Finally Helped Her Deal with Her Anxiety
The singer opened up about how just hearing about someone else's experience with anxiety can help.
Dealing with anxiety is a particularly frustrating health issue: Not only can it be debilitating, but the struggle can be difficult to even put into words. This week, Meghan Trainor opened up about her battle with anxiety and how hearing another celebrity talk about his own struggle helped her deal. (Related: Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Coping with Fear and Anxiety)
On Monday, the 24-year-old singer revealed while on the Today show that hearing host Carson Daly speak out about his anxiety helped her with her own struggle. Trainor first shared that she suffered from anxiety and depression earlier this year, but still struggled with how to express what living with anxiety really feels like until she heard Daly talk about his anxiety on the same morning show, she explained.
"He'll never know how much his video helped me and my family," Trainor told Today host Hoda Kotb. "I played [Daly's Today segment] for them and I was like, 'That's how I was feeling.' I just couldn't say it. It's hard to explain-it's the most confusing frustrating thing ever." (Related: 15 Easy Ways to Beat Everyday Anxiety)
Back in March, Daly talked about how he's suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since he was a kid. "At times, I feel like there is a saber tooth tiger right here and it is going to kill me-I'm scared as if that's really happening. You feel like you're dying," Daly said at the time. He shared that he began seeing a therapist to help him handle the symptoms. "I've learned to embrace it. And hopefully, by just being honest and maybe opening up, it'll inspire others to do the same," he said.
Trainor has clearly picked up the baton, sharing her own experiences to help destigmatize anxiety disorders-which are extremely common. Nearly one-third of Americans deal with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And the condition is more common in women. In the past year, 23 percent of women in the U.S. battled an anxiety disorder, as compared to 14 percent of men, reports the NIMH. (Not to mention the fact that mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders are major risk factors for suicide, which is also rising faster among women.)
If anxiety is messing with your daily life, experts agree that seeing a therapist can help you manage it-something Trainor and Daly have both attested to. (Here's how to get started and find the best therapist for you.) To help reduce anxiety in the moment, try this expert-created guided meditation.