Everybody struggles with something, even if they do a really good job of hiding it so you can’t tell.
In an interview for ABC News, Brett Eldredge opened up about his struggle with panic attacks and anxiety. He’s dealt with this issue most of his life which has made it difficult for his at time to enjoy his success.
“As a kid, I would kind of have like a panic attack … but I didn’t even know what that was,” Brett shared with ABC. “In college I remember times where I would go to a party and I would be breaking into sweats and, like, just drenched, and I’d just think, ‘Is something wrong with me?’”
Brett goes on to share that his anxiety would overcome him so much that it led him to a few emergency room visits. As Brett’s career started to take off, he knew this was something he was going to have to overcome.
“I would build myself up to thinking something was going to happen to me when I was on the stage, or that I was going to have a panic attack on stage, or I was like, ‘They’re going to see me as a fool,’” Brett shared. “I could be a superhero up there once I get there. … I’m in my element, in my flow of what I do. I turn into the best version… of myself. It’s all the psyche going up to it.”
Over the years, Brett has developed various ways in which he can cope with his anxiety. He sees a therapist but recently has been trying to focus more on being physically and mentally healthy. He uses a mindfulness meditation app (10% Happier) and he’s started journaling more. Another huge help has been his dog, Edgar, who keeps Brett company and gets him outside more often.
“I still have trouble… it’s not like I’m not happy. I just get so into trying to be the best at what I do. We’re all trying to strive for these goals. You sacrifice a lot of what you love to do that,” Brett added. “If I can continue to grow with mindfulness, I think that it can become a thing where it helps everything that I do — and it already does.”
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