How Sam Smith’s Coping With Anxiety Offers Tools For Others Who May Also Be Suffering

"For me, my music has been my therapy."

Just because someone achieves fame doesn't mean they don't still face ups and downs, and Sam Smith is the perfect example of that. The British crooner opened up in a recent interview about how anxiety affects him and how he is taking control of his mental health and wellness.

"I get massive anxiety. I really struggle," the "Too Good At Goodbyes" singer told The Sun. "I thought I would be more in control of my body and emotions but I get so nervous, to the point I'm almost having panic attacks. Sometimes I need people who I love around me to tell me, 'Pull yourself together, you're being a drama queen — it's too much now, Sam, so rein it in.'"

The 25-year-old said because his music is "so personal" and makes him feel like "an open wound," he's maybe even more nervous now than when he toured for the first time. Fame was something he thought he wanted but, when he got it, it was actually quite scary.

"But I've started meditating now, I am not drinking [and] I am trying to look after my mental health," Smith added. "Mental health issues are coming to the fore because people are starting to talk about it. So many people go through stuff. For me, my music has been my therapy. My love for music has grown and been my saving grace."

To get away from the "self-destructive element" of fame and the constant celebration, Smith revealed that he hasn't had a drink in a few weeks. While he stops short on promising a commitment to sobriety, being sober is something he's interested in because he doesn't smoke when he's not drinking and therefore feels "completely clean … so focused and happy."

All these life choices aside, the out singer noted that his recent visit to Syria with War Child — a charity with a goal of protecting, educating, and standing up for the rights of children caught up in war — had a huge effect on him. He is now an ambassador for the organization.

"It made me reevaluate everything — how lucky we are," Smith concluded. "I've been switched off for most of my life. It's only in the last few years that I've really started to look around me and take notes about what is going on."

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