Camila Cabello opens up about living with 'crippling' anxiety during the pandemic

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Camila Cabello opens up about living with
Camila Cabello opens up about living with "crippling" anxiety. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Camila Cabello is getting real about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected her mental health.

The "Havana" singer recently opened up about her mental health in an interview on Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk series. Cabello revealed that being in lockdown in 2020 triggered "crippling" anxiety that prevented her from working and taking care of herself.

"Before the pandemic, I felt really burnt out. I had been working pretty nonstop since I was 15. And the rigor with which I started working, there was just no time off," the 24-year-old said. "Pile that onto struggles with mental health, with anxiety, with these toxic levels of stress, it wasn't even a meltdown because I would just work through it."

Although the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns forced Cabello to slow down, it caused her mental health issues to surface. 

"I felt so anxious, cripplingly anxious," she recalled. "I just felt really unstable, and I just felt a mess because suddenly, this thing that was distracting me, my work and [filming 'Cinderella'], was not there. And so I was just left with my anxiety and my mind. And it was getting in the way of my relationship [with then-boyfriend Shawn Mendes]. It was getting in the way of my friendships, my time at home."

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Eventually, her anxiety became so severe that Cabello decided to ask for help and "time" to work on herself and get better. 

"I tried a lot of different things, different kinds of therapy, meditation, exercise, changing the way I eat," she explained. "Definitely changing the way I schedule my time and making sure that there's balance, that I have time for friendships and connection with people and I'm not just nose to the grindstone, not paying attention to my body and my needs."

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