- Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is talking out about psychological well being.
- He shares how the pandemic compelled him to take care of his psychological well-being and why he’s headlining an occasion to fund psychological well being consciousness.
- Grammer additionally shares how music is therapeutic for each him and his followers.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is thought for his uplifting catchy songs. From “Hold Your Head Up” to “Honey, I’m Good” even his track titles unfold a message of positivity.
However Grammer needs the world to know that regardless of his outward persona, he too typically struggles with psychological well being challenges. Throughout the pandemic, he turned to remedy and self-work to handle his psychological well-being.
“[When] it bought fully quiet and I used to be not allowed to depart my home and never allowed to be round hundreds of individuals and never allowed, actually, to simply be distracted, I used to be compelled to take a seat with myself, and that was not tremendous enjoyable,” Grammer instructed Healthline. “[I] realized, oh, I bought a variety of work inside, invisible work to do right here that I don’t suppose I might have accomplished as quickly if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.”
To lift consciousness about psychological well being and well-being, he’s headlining the fundraiser Past the Sidelines Friday September 23. Proceeds from the occasion will profit Kicking The Stigma, an initiative led by the Indianapolis Colts and Irsay household, which goals to boost consciousness about psychological well being problems and take away the stigma related to them.
“It’s been actually cool to align with totally different organizations which can be doing actually good work to interrupt the stigma,” mentioned Grammer. “[I] need to be actually open about it and say that I struggled loads and it’s completely regular and okay to deal with your self…We’re all fairly clear that in case you break your leg, it is advisable go to PT and get a forged and do the entire thing, but it surely’s slightly extra invisible and vaguer in terms of psychological well being, but it surely doesn’t must be.”
Under, Grammer shared extra with Healthline about psychological well being, music, and what retains him motivated and impressed.
Healthline: Whereas the pandemic negatively impacted your psychological well being, it sounds prefer it compelled you to concentrate to it. Is that proper?
Grammer: In hindsight, I’m grateful for it. I’m presently exterior of a constructing proper now. We’re filming a podcast referred to as Man Sufficient, which is all about masculinity, and we have been entering into, yesterday, an episode about what it’s about guys that we really feel like going to remedy is weak or one thing. It virtually sounds cliché to speak about. It’s a degree that’s been introduced up a lot; there’s nothing new about it. What’s attention-grabbing is that for me, I needed to be fully destroyed to say, ‘okay, positive, I’ll go to remedy.’ Why does it must be that method? Why do I’ve to be so clearly not able to going about my day to then say, ‘okay, I feel I would like some assist.’ Quite than simply being like ‘I don’t really feel so nice,’ which is on a regular basis, not on a regular basis persistently, however all through the day, you’re like ‘I’m unhappy’ or ‘I’m anxious’ or ‘I’m this stuff.’
How did remedy enable you to?
Remedy has helped me loads. I’d love to assist do something to assist somebody to not get so low earlier than they’ll flip to it. Finally, it’s like are you creating house in your life to work by your personal stuff? and I do know for me, I used to be not, and that’s what the pandemic did for me. It sort of compelled it upon me, which I’m in hindsight grateful for, but it surely was not tremendous enjoyable to undergo.
Was that your first time going to remedy?
I went to remedy one time in highschool. My mother despatched me as a result of I believed I used to be supposed to begin on the varsity basketball workforce. I labored on it since I used to be in like 4th grade, and I didn’t begin. I got here off the bench as sixth man and it actually threw my id and my [self-worth] off and so then I went and talked to a therapist about 4 occasions and it was fairly useful.
I feel I used to be afraid to personal the darker sides of myself. So, due to this fact, it’s just a bit bit scary to acknowledge that to even your self that you just’re not good and all people’s bought crap. However in case you’re by no means keen to take a look at that stuff or cope with the stuff inside your self, then you definitely’re not being an entire model of your self, and there’s a place the place you’re okay, and completely sufficient, and completely loveable, and shitty typically.
Your songs are so optimistic and uplifting, however in addition they handle deep severe emotions. Do you suppose individuals usually suppose that people who find themselves pleased, optimistic, and optimistic can’t have darkish days?
I can’t converse for everyone else, only for myself. I do know for my very own artwork, in case you’re going to be somebody who’s dealing on the earth of optimism and pleasure and uplifting your self and others, even the phrase uplift means that you’re low.
I wrote my first track, “Hold Your Head Up,” after my mother died, so it’s all grounded in ache. I feel that hope could be actually rebellious in a darkish time, but when it’s not, that’s the sort of optimism and hope that I attempt to sing about, that I can actually get behind…I feel that pleasure or happiness within the face of darkness is a lot extra attention-grabbing, and that’s normally the place that I’m writing from.
Has singing and writing been therapeutic for you?
Yeah. On the final tour, I began my present with a poem, and it leads right into a track referred to as “Rattling it Feels Good to Me.” I feel it takes a variety of braveness to personal all of the items of your self. There’s an actual freedom in it, however it’s undeniably a brave act to in your artwork or in your life or with individuals you belief, to share all of your self.
In a current Instagram submit of yours, you talked about that you just initially wrote songs for your self, however realized how a lot they impacted different individuals. Is that rewarding?
It’s tremendous rewarding. If you do deeper work on your self…if you’re brave and also you share the entire model of your self in your artwork or in your life, it offers permission for different individuals to do this of their lives and that’s such a candy factor that by sort of therapeutic your self after which sharing no matter you discovered, you’re creating areas for different individuals to do the identical. That’s an superior, superior life. I need to do as a lot of that as attainable.
If you want a psychological increase, do you ever take heed to your personal songs?
I don’t flip alone songs. I’ve my very own those that I’m going to. That’s why it’s the largest praise on the earth when somebody tells me that I’ve been that for them as a result of I understand how vital it may be. Music is unbelievable. I all the time say music is sort of a religious chiropractor. If you happen to’re feeling funky, it could actually go inside you and provide you with slightly crack to get you again on observe.
I had a day the opposite day the place I wakened, and I hadn’t slept very lengthy, and I used to be on the brink of go away my lodge out on tour, not in my finest headspace. I used to be like: Am I going to work out? Am I going to go eat some crappy factor? The place am I at? And somebody had simply textual content me a track as I used to be leaving, and the track was unbelievable, and it modified my day. It made me select higher variations of myself that day, and that’s actually vital and highly effective.
What self-care strategies or coping methods do you flip to throughout tough occasions?
It’s undoubtedly very private, and I need to ensure that individuals don’t suppose there’s some one-size-fits-all. I feel it comes right down to self-knowledge and understanding what it’s that truly works for you. For me, I’m not all the time the most effective at it, however I’m fairly clear that if I get a exercise in, that helps loads with my psychological well being.
After which one thing religious like respecting my very own depth. One thing that may go deeper and take me out of the day-to-day. If I do this in addition to exercise actually onerous and get an excellent sweat in, it’s sort of like you need to belief — since you don’t need to do these issues — you need to belief that by the tip of it, you may be a greater model of your self. And over time, that has been made clear for me.
Is it rewarding to make use of your music to attract consideration to psychological well being?
One of the best factor that I like about what I do, and in case you’ve ever been to exhibits, is that you’re in a selected place the place you’re open to listening to some issues that you just won’t all the time be. You understand? Like, it creates house so that you can go slightly deeper into your self if you’re surrounded by all these individuals, and music has this impact, so it may be a very particular time to go deep with individuals.
Do you’ve got a specific track that basically does that along with your viewers?
It’s so distinctive to individuals. After I begin totally different songs, I can see that totally different individuals have taken sure songs [to heart]. I’ve a track proper now referred to as “Saved My Life,” which is about individuals displaying up for you, and a variety of occasions, I’ll begin that track and see a mom and a daughter simply hugging and crying. I’ve a track, “Don’t Give Up on Me,” which I feel does a few of that. “Hold Your Head Up” has been a track that folks use virtually like an aspirin once they’re not feeling good.